Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued) vs. Meta4 PeopleNet

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Optimum Solutions, Inc. was a software development company providing Payroll, Human Resources, and Time & Attendance software for both the IBM iSeries (AS/400) and Microsoft Windows platforms or in the cloud. In October 2019 they were acquired by Kronos, Inc (now UKG after merging with Ultimate Software). Former Optimum products are now supported by Kronos / UKG, and are no longer sold available for sale.N/A
Meta4 PeopleNet
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Meta4 PeopleNet is an all-in-one integrated HR Solution providing Core HR with personnel administration, total talent management, compensation management with payroll, as well as workforce management (time and attendance, analytics). Meta4 is a Cegid company (acquired late 2019).N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)Meta4 PeopleNet
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
7.5
1 Ratings
10% below category average
Meta4 PeopleNet
6.2
1 Ratings
27% below category average
Pay calculation9.11 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration5.51 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.11 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.41 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
7.0
2 Ratings
13% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
6.3
1 Ratings
26% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
7.2
2 Ratings
13% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
7.0
2 Ratings
9% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
9.0
1 Ratings
12% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
9.0
2 Ratings
9% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
9.0
2 Ratings
12% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
9.0
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
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Ratings
Meta4 PeopleNet
9.0
2 Ratings
15% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)Meta4 PeopleNet
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)Meta4 PeopleNet
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Optimum Solutions works very well for all our payroll needs. We run payrolls weekly, semi-monthly, monthly and yearly. The end of year process is lined out very well and webinars are available to go over any new regulations required. We haven't utilized the HR part of the software as much on the iSeries but are planning on changing that once we get converted to the Windows version later this year. The main reason for this is the HR part of the software on the iSeries is separate from payroll.
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Cegid
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR is a very powerful HR tool with abundant features that could fulfill pretty much all the HR needs of a small to medium sized organization. It might be an overkill for very small businesses with less than 20 employees as its really geared towards larger organizations. It offers powerful tools to performance reviews as well as employee HR management tasks. One interesting feature is the ability for employees to perform self administrative tasks through the software which allows some automation of tasks. On the other hand, the program can be so feature rich that require an advanced user with data analytic skills to fully utility. Companies that use the software will need to have at least one manager procure training before utilizing its full range of features.
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Pros
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  • The setup of Optimum HRIS was intense as the software comes as a basic shell and everything is personalized to our organization. All earnings codes, leave time, employee types, job codes, taxes, etc. are set up for each company. While this was almost overwhelming at the beginning, we have so much control over the set up and better grasp of the inner workings of the system.
  • Tax updates come quickly and are easily applied. This is especially welcome at year end.
  • The built-in reporting is robust and offers a lot of options, but the ability to dig in to the database using SQL and Excel allows for very powerful reports that are infinitely personalized.
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Cegid
  • Clean and easy navigation: it is very user-friendly and compared to other solutions I have utilized, there is a clear difference on how information is displayed and also ease of navigation and speed of response of the platform.
  • All modules are really integrated and it is so much power when there is a correlation between say the data displayed in Talent Management and the info seen on the C&B module for example from a performance and compensation perspective, visualizing info and being able to analyze it easier for decision making.
  • Customizable, in our case, we use the solution and enjoy the multiple benefits and efficiencies due to how data is organized and presented and the same time we have the advantage that the user interface is all customized to our own corporate brand/look and feel, color palette and graphical line.
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Cons
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  • When exporting reports to Excel I found the formatting to be difficult to work with and having to reformat the reports can be a nightmare. My company's IT department created its own business tools to make the reporting format more user friendly.
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Cegid
  • Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR can be a bit overwhelming for light users with limited experience.
  • The performance review features are extensive and require a highly skilled manager that work with data analytics
  • The program is not quite as strong in its recruitment features as other software offerings.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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Cegid
It is excellent support so far, during implementation and also while live, the only reason why I am giving a 9 is because in some cases we could have had a quicker response or solution, but so far this doesn't look like an issue at all, and the vendor has been making sure we have what we need.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
We evaluated some payroll services but found the ongoing cost greater than the initial cost of purchasing our own software and keeping the payroll process in house. Other payroll software was generally more expensive and we are satisfied with Optimum Solutions. I would say the main reason we stayed with Optimum Solutions, converting from their iSeries version to their Windows version, was because of their outstanding staff and support.
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Cegid
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR really shines as a flexible product capable of evolving with an organization's changing needs. Its robust features, cloud based architecture, and performance analysis help push the product ahead of some of its competitors. While not perfect, the software offers in-depth performance review functions and data analysis tools that show performance trends. With its self administrative tools, employees can help manage their own information, reducing workload for HR managers
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • More accurate payroll processing
  • More accurate tax payments and reporting
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Cegid
  • We now have a tool which is a single solution and connects our employee information for 5 countries and 30K + employees, a single source, talk about efficiency.
  • This is a big step in Digital Transformation, reducing times to complete several processes and also the use of paper forms.
  • Definitely, savings related to the number of solutions software wise that is now integrated and scalable with meta4 PeopleNet Talent Management.
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ScreenShots

Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued) Screenshots

Screenshot of Main Employee Screen