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Human resource management software: A buyer's guide


Human resource management software helps a company improve and streamline the management of its most valuable asset: its people. In addition to core functions such as payroll, benefits, and time and attendance, today's HR tools address a myriad of workforce management needs ranging from developing employees' skill sets to capitalizing on the use of social media and mobile technology for cross-company collaboration.

The choices of different types of HR software can be overwhelming, but this buyer's guide has simplified the process to help you make a well-informed decision when buying human resource management software. Here you will learn about the three categories of human resource management tools and how these products are sold. In addition, since no two companies have the same requirements, we will help you determine your specific needs and objectives and the features that will factor into your request for proposal. Once you have a list of your must-have features and functions, you can examine some of the leading vendors and the products they offer.

1What is…?-

What can companies expect from human resource management software?

Hiring and retaining the right people is essential to the success of any business. Here's how human resource management software can help.


What is HCM software, and what are the HR software benefits?

Human resources software, or human capital management software, handles everything from benefits administration and applicant tracking to retaining and rewarding star employees. Continue Reading

2Do I need…?-

Making a business case for human resource management software

Mary E. Shacklett provides expert advice on how to establish your company's human resource management software needs and objectives.


Does your company need new human resource management tools?

Finding the best human resource management tools starts with identifying your company's present and future needs, before exploring HR software features and benefits. Continue Reading

3How to buy…?-

Procuring human resource management software

Here, Shacklett helps you determine your must-have features and functions when buying HR tools.


Determining requirements for buying human resource management software

HR software expert Mary E. Shacklett helps you determine your must-have features and functions when buying HR tools. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy…?-

Examining the leading HR tools

Shacklett examines the top HR tools to determine which option may be best for your organization.


Which HR tools are right for your company?

Expert Mary E. Shacklett examines the top HR tools to determine which option may be best for your organization. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

Leading human resource management software vendors

With all of the HR tools on the market, how do you know which one is right for your company? Here we examine the leading human resource management software vendors and what each offers.


HR tools overview: IBM Kenexa Talent Acquisition Suite

IBM Kenexa Talent Acquisition Suite focuses on the talent management needs of an organization. Continue Reading


HR tools overview: Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone offers a full suite of products focused on the entire employee talent lifecycle. Continue Reading


HR tools overview: SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite

SAP's SuccessFactors HCM suite includes core HR modules, talent management modules and employee engagement tools. Continue Reading


Oracle HCM Cloud: HR tools product overview

Oracle HCM Cloud human resource management software provides core HR functions a global workforce can use. Continue Reading


HR tools overview: Ultimate Software UltiPro

Ultimate Software UltiPro is a suite of human resource management software that addresses talent acquisition. Continue Reading


Workday HCM | HR tools product overview

Workday HCM has a wide breadth of functions aimed at unifying human resource capabilities into a single, easy-to-use system. Continue Reading

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we have different shift hours for our employees. some work an 8 hour day, some work a 10 hour day and some work a 13 hour day. can we set these schedules so that when an employee takes a day off the system will keep track of the number of hours automaticly?