Information Systems and Software Applications

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Information Systems and Software Applications

Shirlene Furbush

Axia College, University of Phoenix

The advent of technology in the workplace has revolutionized the way the world does business. This is true with computers, which sets the stage for the technology globally. Global businesses can now be run by a single person, and a single computer can do the work of thousands. Large organizations have taken advantage of cutting-edge technology and developed powerful tools to help them harvest, analyze, and disseminate information, in order to make them more competitive. Human Resources, Marketing, and Accounting are just a few organizational departments running “smart” applications to run the business more smoothly.

According to Oracle (2009), the PeopleSoft application allows Human Resources (HR) to manage employees globally from a single system of record while complying with local laws and regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPPA. This is especially helpful to large enterprises with thousands of employees because their HR departments are usually spread around the globe, and eliminates wasted time trying to find information, and cuts cost between inter-departmental groups. PeopleSoft tracks all the information pertaining to each employee, such as their benefits, payroll, pension, and stock allowances. Since this information is stored in a central location, it is possible for other enterprise applications, such as Microsoft’s Active Directory – the database that allows administrators to create and manage user accounts on a network—to tap in them for additional information. By synchronizing itself with the PeopleSoft database, Active Directory can display an employee’s contact information without having administrators make the changes themselves. Without PeopleSoft, this can be a daunting task, especially when considering that people change their phone numbers about once every three years.

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