HR Management Software

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HR Management Software Overview

What is HRMS and Core HR?

Human Resource (HR) Management Software, also called Core HR, include the following:

  • Benefits administration

  • Personnel tracking

  • Payroll

These systems are also referred to as back-end HR systems since they help manage key administrative HR tasks, and are essentially the employee system of record. These core tasks are distinct from strategic HR tasks like performance management, recruiting, talent management, and learning management.

HR Software and the Emergence of HCM Suites

The dividing line between various HR software categories is blurring. Many HR management software vendors are offering adjacent capabilities in order to capture the attention being given to categories that are seen as more strategic vs. administrative.

Talent management software, for example, is focused on helping companies hire, train and keep the highest quality staff. A number of HR management software vendors are adding talent management capabilities, just as some talent management vendors are adding in back-end core HR capabilities.

Ultimate Software, Oracle, ADP, and SilkRoad all offer some combination of core HR and talent management features. Few Human Capital Management Suites provide equally strong capabilities across all areas, but convergence is an important trend.

Core HR Software Features & Capabilities

The Core HR features common to most products in this category are as follows:

Core HR / HRIS

The primary function of Human resource management software is to provide a central database containing records for all employees past and present, along with contractors. The Human Resource Information System (HRIS) is an employee master record which supplies this, a system of record for employee data.

HRIS contain data on the following:
  • Employee personal information
  • Employment history
  • Job profiles
  • Workflow for transfers
  • Promotions
  • Pay raises
  • Benefits information, etc.

Payroll Management

Payroll management capabilities provide for the following:
  • Calculation of employee pay and benefits
  • Managing direct deposit
  • Salary revisions
  • Payroll tracking

Leave and Attendance Management

Leave and attendance management streamlines communication between HR and employees, and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including:
  • Requisitions
  • Approvals
  • Balance calculation
  • Annual carry-forward

Employee Self-Service

Provision of an employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information. This removes a considerable administrative burden from HR staff.

Asset Management

Some human resource management software has the ability to keep a record of assets issued to employees such as:
  • laptops
  • pagers
  • cell phones, etc.
The record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

Reporting

HR reporting has come to be seen as more important than ever as HR data is now seen as strategic to the running of any business. Some vendors build their own reporting capabilities, while others partner with BI vendors to embed 3rd-party functionality.

HR Management Software Comparison

To compare different HR management systems, you will likely want to consider these facets of the software:

  1. Target Size: Many HR management systems are tailored to specific company sizes. For instance, some vendors focus on SMBs, while others tailor their HR management software to enterprises. Look for a product with proven users in your size range, as well as a demonstrated ability to scale up if you want to accommodate future growth.

  2. Core HR vs. Strategic functions: Many HR management systems have expanded to include strategic HR functions, like talent management, in addition to the core HR processes of payroll, personnel tracking, and employee recordkeeping. However, not all HR management vendors have expanded, or expanded to the same breadth, as the large HCMs. You may also not need to use, or pay for, all of the strategic HR functions if they’re not relevant to your industry or size.

  3. Reporting: Reporting is an increasingly standard aspect of many HR professionals’ lives, and it’s frequently one of the lowest-rated features across HR management systems. Feature ratings can give some indication of a product’s reporting capabilities in general. Reviews can also contextualize whether a product’s strengths or weaknesses in reporting comes from its customizability, exportability, or visualizations, so you can focus on the reporting aspects most relevant to you.

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HR Management Products

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ADP GlobalView Payroll

GlobalView Payroll is an infrastructure of experts, technology, insight, and innovation, designed to help users understand what motivates and drives employees. It draws on the vendor ADP's 65 years of experience solving for the complexities and intricacies of payroll on a global…

Ceridian Powerpay

Ceridian's Powerpay allows small businesses to pay and manage employees quickly, accurately, and from anywhere. Ceridian boasts 40,000 Canadian small businesses using Powerpay.

Sage People

Sage People is a global cloud HR and People system for midsize organizations. From Skyscanner to Trustpilot, Sage People aims to empower organizations to build great workforce experiences that engage and inspire their people, reduce processes through smart automation, use actionable…

SentricWorkForce

SentricWorkForce is a general HRIS platform that also provides payroll, tax filing, time and attendance, capabilities via a cloud-based system, from Sentric in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Skyward HRMS

Skyward HRMS is all-in-one HRM software provided by Skyward Techno. The vendor says it helps organizations to enhance their productivity and improve their HR processes, including recruitment & selection, training or performance related information, employee database management,…

Eddy

Enduring companies know that their people are their most important assets and they invest in helping them excel. Eddy is an HR Suite built for local businesses that aims to streamline tedious HR processes and improves the employee experience. With Eddy the user can hire, onboard,…

ADP Enterprise HR

ADP Enterprise HR is a human capital management (HCM) solution for large businesses (1000+ employees) across multiple industries that want customization. This solution is hosted by ADP® to provide the flexibility of outsourced software and the ability to customize. The system features…

PeopleStrategy

PeopleStrategy provides small and mid-sized companies access to a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service, hire-to-retire HR platform featuring integrated Payroll, Human Resources, Employee & Manager Self-Service, Applicant Tracking, Onboarding, Benefits Administration, Time &…

DATIS

DATIS, from DATIS HR Cloud in Tampa, Florida is a comprehensive HR solution featuring core HR, benefits administration and payroll, some talent management, applicant tracking and recruiting, time and attendance, and workforce analytics.

TeamWise

TeamWise is an HRMS and Payroll Management Software that performs HR functions in a single platform. The product comprises of comprehensive features that include: Leave and Attendance Management, Payroll Management, Talent Management, Performance Management, Time Tracking, Grievance…

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR, acquired by Iris Software Group April 2016) is an HR suite.

Infor CloudSuite HCM

Infor CloudSuite HCM's cloud-based human capital management software solutions replaces complex processes, workflows, and systems with sophisticated, yet intuitive technology, allowing HR professionals to deliver streamlined workforce processes. The suite evolves from Infor's acquisition…

GoCo

GoCo, headquartered in Houston, offers their all-in-one HR management platform, designed to support benefits administration and compliant recordkeeping. GoCo syncs with popular payroll platforms, and is priced to suit the budget of small to midsize businesses.

HRdirect Smart Apps

HRdirect Smart Apps is an HR Management software solution from HRdirect, a a division of ComplyRight, Inc., dedicated to developing and delivering “Solutions for Smart Employers” since 1985. The vendor says HRdirect supports business managers at more than 500,000 locations with…

Toast Payroll & Team Management, formerly StratEx

Toast Payroll & Team Management offers HR, payroll, and benefits solutions to meet a variety of restaurant needs. It is based on the former StratEx product, developed by the company of the same name in Chicago that was acquired by Toast July 2019.

BrightHR

British company BrightHR offers a human resources platform which helps replace paper documents with edocuments and contains features for managing employee scheduling and ROTA, sick leave and tardiness, vacation and holiday shift planning, as well as providing employment law legal…

Darwinbox

Darwinbox headquartered in Hyderabad offers an end-to-end HRMS software provide core HR functionality (e.g. employee data management), support for recruitment and onboarding, payroll management, time & attendance tracking, as well as comprehensive talent management and employee engagement…

Netsuite SuitePeople (formerly TribeHR)

NetSuite SuitePeople, replacing the former TribeHR acquired by Netsuite in 2013), gives businesses control over their HR processes. SuitePeople enables managers and HR professionals to streamline employee information, new hires, employee onboarding, performance management, payroll,…

Bond Teamspirit

Bond Teamspirit is a human resources management (HRS) from Bond International, featuring built-in payroll and time tracking & attendance.

Core HR

Core HR provides users with the ability to access employee information anywhere via the cloud. Users can also track and analyze employee pay and performance across the entire workforce.

MYOB PayGlobal

MYOB PayGlobal is a human capital management (HCM) suite with integrated payroll module available to businesses in Australia and New Zealand, from MYOB in Melbourne.

syncHR

SyncHR headquartered in Oakland, California offers their eponymous platform for HR management, benefits and payroll.

Cezanne HR

Cezanne HR is a SaaS consisting of a core People module with optional modules for Absence Management, Performance Management, Time Tracking and Recruitment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HR Management software?

HR management software is a core record of employee data to support payroll, benefits administration, and employee tracking. It commonly includes strategic HR functions, such as talent management and recruiting. Check out more information about core HR management software here.

What is Cloud HR software?

HR management software is increasingly deployed in the cloud instead of on-premise, which reduces the necessary maintenance costs and in-house IT expertise for users.

What is an HRIS?

HRIS is short for Human Resources Information System, which is a type of HR software database. These systems help HR departments enter, store, and track employee information over time. Read this article for advice on how to pick the best HRIS system for your business.

How much does HR software cost?

HR management software’s cost varies dramatically by the scope of the product, as well as the range of features in the software. Most products are priced per-employee/month or year, and can range from $10/employee/month upwards.