The importance of people to organisational success has been recognised; the implications of this for human resource departments forms the basis for the content of this article. The ways in which information technology has been used to support changes in the human resource function are discussed, leading to an exploration of the role of strategic human resource management portals. The content of strategic human resource management portals is then outlined, and covers the range of information they currently provide and their future role. Finally, issues relating to implementation are addressed. The need for human resource practitioners to develop a greater understanding of technology and its potential benefits is discussed. This article concludes by reiterating the uses made of strategic human resource portals and by acknowledging the need to continue to strive for improvements in the implementation of IT systems.