Flowers and HCM systems architecture.

I’ve tried this metaphor on several client calls recently, so let me inflict it on you too.

Cactus

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In this architecture, everything is from one vendor, and integration with third party applications is rather difficult. Typical ERP /HRMS pitch of the mid-nineties. Why do you need other software? We can do everything.

Sunflower

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Big core system, running most of the processes, with a series of smaller, tactical solutions interfaced around the edges.  Typical HR IT architecture of many ERP-Centric organizations today.  ERP runs the core transactions, with bits of SaaS tacked on around on the edges.

Daisy

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Small core system on premise, but most of the action takes place in the systems around the edges. Increasingly common as SaaS vendors continue to deliver richer functionality. Some challenges with integration, as there are many applications trying to connect to the core. 

Rose

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No significant core system, SaaS petals dominate.  Still very rare, but we expect to see more of these, challenging the traditional core and peripheral model. 

What sort of flower does your architecture represent?

3 thoughts on “Flowers and HCM systems architecture.

  1. I wonder if you ever read the Oracle Concepts Manual in the olden days…. it also had some gems like:

    http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/HELP/Documentation/Oracle/server.815/a67781/c01intro.htm#12981

    Chapter 1 Introduction to the Oracle Server

    I am Sir Oracle,
    And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!
    Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

    Chapter 7 Memory Architecture

    Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records.
    Shakespeare: Hamlet

    Chapter 8 Process Architecture

    If the good people, in their wisdom, shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.
    Abraham Lincoln, Address at New Salem (1832)

    Chapter 11
    Partitioned Tables and Indexes

    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition;
    Two lovely berries molded on one stem.
    Wm. Shakespeare: A Midsummer-Night’s Dream

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