This is a reproduction of an interview done by José Juan Martín, CEO of OpenHR. In this interview, which is done all in Spanish (Martín’s native tongue), Martín talks about OpenHR‘s positioning and gives clues to new innovations that are coming soon in OpenHR‘s future.
Click here to listen to the interview. Below you’ll find the English translation:
Who is OpenHR, what can OpenHR offer, and what are the company’s values?
OpenHR offers businesses FLEXIBILITY, yes, flexibility in capital letters. With Open HR, we’re flexible with having our payroll solution in our offices or in an external consulting office. In addition, businesses can have different payroll systems, whether that be due to acquisitions, where each center has a distinct payroll system, or due to internalization, where there’s no reason to change the payroll of the countries where our company currently operates.
On the other hand, OpenHR doesn’t just manage Human Resources with full-time employees; it also allows you to manage self-employed individuals, freelancers, and externally contracted individuals that add value to the business. In that way, with our system, employees, middle management, executives, and directors of the business alike can all become a part of Human Resources. All of them will be able to access the system, see the system, and add to it.
With OpenHR, they will be able to access their personal data from any computer that has an Internet connection, as well as from any tablet, smartphone, iPhone, iPad, SmarTV. This is what we meant when we were talking about FLEXIBILITY in capital letters.
Who will benefit from OpenHR’s systems?
We like to say that OpenHR is for all businesses that think that the management of Human Resources adds value to the business and helps towards its future. From businesses with 25 employees that have concerns to very diversified franchises with few employees in each center, but where it is very important to know who each one of their employees is, and businesses with thousands of employees that they’re employing every month.
Our tool is also for companies that have jobs in other countries, where understanding of the job that needs to be performed shouldn’t be an obstacle in the way simply due to distance—or businesses that are satisfied with their labor advisors, but need direct information and fast statistics on their employees.
Ultimately, the OpenHR system is directed towards today’s businesses that want to benefit from these new technologies, as well as want to grow and evolve—businesses where digital transformation is a goal in order to survive.
Why should a client choose OpenHR and not another solution in the market?
For everything that I’ve commented thus far. Because this is a real solution for businesses for the future, down to the way they market themselves. OpenHR costs little more than a Euro a month, without hidden costs for servers, databases, and office automation—and in two weeks, you’ll have the system up and running. This is the tool for businesses that want to function the day after tomorrow.
At a technological level, OpenHR stands up for the Cloud, or Cloud computing?
At OpenHR, we advocate for the Cloud, because it’s the best way to cut costs and have the highest level of security with the lowest expense. Yes, that is the reality of the situation. If not, why would the best businesses be using it? But, at the same time, we are conscious that there are sensitive industries, such as public and state businesses, that still work, and want work, in local mode. For them, OpenHR has the On-Premises module, which allows them to download the Cloud to their servers. We package it up, we virtualize it, and they develop their own communications, security, and back-up copies.
In which of your systems that you’ve marketed have you applied the technological advances that you offer to the market?
OpenHR was born in the midst of a technological change and of a paradigm, which marks our time. For this reason, we’ve incorporated from the beginning all of the new concepts of portability, communication, and interaction—and we won’t stop doing that and constantly making changes every month for all of our clients.
After we advocated for—successfully for our clients—issues such as Big Data and Data Analysis, we’ve advocating for, along with a group of businesses in the United States, the development of an Artificial Intelligence system. This system focuses on the business’ employees and the Human Resources department. We believe that an investigation to define the concept, necessities, and projections will begin to bear fruit in a year from now, in the second semester of 2017. We will keep you all informed.
At the business level, what are your main goals?
We have two main goals. The first goal is creation and adaption to emerging technologies for our clients and their workforces, and the second goal is the internalization and expansion of OpenHR. This involves language adaptations and business rules for all countries and the creation of Certified Consultants who will be our business partners. Without them, we would not be able to advance.
We truly stand up for our partners and collaborators. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to make the jump from all of Spain and Latin America, specifically Panama and Mexico, to the U.S. And we need this in order to begin to provide systems for England, France, and Germany, as I mentioned before.
We were born from the new paradigms, specifically globalization. We put ourselves on the market as a global system that transcends local borders, because businesses are beginning to act globally, whether they realize it or not.
What website or blog would you recommend?
My favorite websites are OpenMind and Jot Down.
What type of cell phone and computer do you use?
I use an iPhone 6 and a Chromebook laptop, just like at home.
Do you use a tablet? If so, what kind is it?
My tablet is a 9” iPad Pro. It’s the device I use when I’m traveling for business, when I go to visit clients, or when I give presentations.