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Zenefits is a cloud-based human resources information system (HRIS) that features user dashboards, core human resources, benefits administration, onboarding and employee scheduling. When new employees are hired, HR professionals using... Read more
Recent recommendations: 215 recommendations
ADP Workforce Now is a human capital management solution for companies with more than 50 employees. The core capabilities of the solution include human resources management, payroll, benefits, talent management, compliance, time and... Read more
Recent recommendations: 202 recommendations
Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform that combines workforce management with human capital management (HCM) capabilities and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. Kronos Workforce Ready is a single cloud-based... Read more
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RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read more
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Paycor’s Perform is an integrated cloud-based software suite that offers functionality to encompasses the entire employee lifecycle - from recruiting and onboarding to time and attendance management. Collectively, the solution offers... Read more
Recent recommendations: 90 recommendations
Patriot Payroll from Patriot Software is an integrated human resource (HR) and payroll management solution that helps to streamline the different processes associated with managing payroll payments and tax submissions. The solution... Read more
Recent recommendations: 86 recommendations
APS Payroll is a cloud-based payroll platform. The solution allows users to control payroll processing in single data source applications. APS Payroll’s key features comprise payroll configurations, customer-focused support, multiple... Read more
Recent recommendations: 81 recommendations
Viventium is a cloud-based payroll and human resources (HR) solution for small to mid-size businesses. Key features include payroll, HR, talent acquisition, ACA tracking, business intelligence, and time and attendance. A mobile Employee... Read more
Recent recommendations: 56 recommendations
Netchex is a cloud-based human resource (HR) and payroll management solution designed for midsize and large enterprises. Key features include recruiting and onboarding management, payroll management, tax compliance, time and attendance... Read more
Recent recommendations: 24 recommendations
Emplloy is a cloud-based human resources (HR) and payroll management solution that manages processes associated with compliance documentation, payroll processing and tax submissions. Key features include customizable reports, employee... Read more
Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations
EPAY Human Capital Management is an integrated HR system that helps midsize and large companies track, manage and pay their employees. EPAY Systems specializes in industries like business services, staffing, manufacturing, healthcare... Read more
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Optimum HRIS is a flagship human resource management solution from Optimum Solutions, offering payroll, HR and time & attendance management features. The solution is used across various industry verticals including healthcare, manufacturing,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
iManage by Corporate Business Solutions is a cloud-based HR solution that caters to midsize and large businesses and helps them to manage their HR practices payroll processing routines. It helps managers handle the labor-intensive... Read more
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Infor CloudSuite HCM is a suite of human resources applications with several deployment options. Applications in the core suite include benefits management, absence and time entry, budgeting, employee safety, talent acquisition, onboarding,... Read more
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Triton HR offers small to midsize companies a cloud-based human resources (HR) solution that integrates payroll services, employee benefits and core HR applications into a single system. The system can be configured to support a wide... Read more
Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations
TeamPay by ADP is a payroll solution designed for Canadian small business owners. The solution is cloud-based, protected by double-layer authentication, and allows users to access systems from multiple devices through a secure system. TeamPay... Read more
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Valiant HCM is a cloud-based human resource management (HRM) solution designed for businesses across various industries such as security, hospitality and more. Key features include applicant tracking, benefits management, performance... Read more
Recent recommendations: 2 recommendations
Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® is a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution designed to help organizations manage their HR, payroll, and talent needs. A configurable solution, UltiPro has functionality for recruiting and... Read more
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SurePayroll by Paychex is a cloud-based payroll service for small businesses. It offers resources for tax form completion and legal compliance, payroll calculation, direct deposits and more. SurePayroll has partnered with various... Read more
Recent recommendations: 70 recommendations
Ascentis offers a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) suite designed for midsize companies of all industries. It includes HR and benefits, recruiting and onboarding, talent management, time and attendance and payroll. Ascentis... Read more
Recent recommendations: 57 recommendations
No matter what kind of business you’re in, you have to process payroll. Whether you run it manually, outsource to a third party or something in between, you need a reliable method of making sure employees get paid.
As high-speed Internet and mobile access become more common, online payroll software’s popularity is on the rise. If you're in the market for a new system, this guide will help you choose the right one for your business. We’ll cover:
Online, or “cloud-based,” payroll software refers to systems hosted in the cloud, on the software vendor’s servers. Unlike with on-premise deployments, which require users to install software on their own computers and servers, online software lets users log in from anywhere.
There are many online payroll solutions out there. Some are sold as stand-alone payroll applications, while others are included as part of broader human resources (HR) software suites. Big vendors, such as ADP, offer multiple cloud payroll systems with different levels of functionality. No matter which vendor you choose, there are some capabilities common to most online payroll systems, which we’ll explore next.
(If you're not sold on the cloud-based deployment model and would prefer to evaluate all payroll systems, both cloud-based and on-premise, check out our general payroll software guide.)
These systems often come with some or all of the following core capabilities:
|Compensation management||Found in all payroll software; automates payroll processing. Users assign pay rates to employees, then enter employee hours manually or import them from a Web-based time and attendance application. The system automatically calculates wages and generates paychecks. May include direct deposit options, bonuses, commissions, overtime and tips.|
|Time and attendance||Allows employees to clock in and out within the system, and administrators to track employee attendance.|
|Tax filing||Available in more robust systems. Automatically prepares, files and pays state and federal taxes. Alternatively, provides tax calculations and/or documents for users to prepare and file manually.|
|Accounting integration||Some systems package payroll processing and general accounting together. Alternatively, some systems simply offer integration with users’ existing online accounting software.|
Online payroll software buyers can choose from options with a range of functionality: from basic compensation management systems all the way up to complete HR suites. The system that’s right for you will depend on your payroll, accounting and HR requirements:
Basic payroll needs. Some vendors offer entry-level online payroll packages that include capabilities only for compensation management and time and attendance. Businesses looking to fulfill basic payroll needs might choose one of these, such as Wagepoint or Payroll by Wave.
Payroll and accounting software. These solutions combine payroll processing and accounting. Systems such as XERO include payroll processing and general ledger accounting in one product. Others, such as QuickBooks Full Service Payroll, integrate with full accounting platforms. Relatedly, some vendors offer payroll solutions designed specifically for accountants.
Complete HR suites. As mentioned, many online payroll systems come as part of an HR suite. These suites include functionality for personnel tracking, applicant tracking, benefits administration, talent management, scheduling and more in addition to payroll. Businesses looking for a complete solution can check out software such as Paychex Flex and Kronos Workforce Central’s Web-based option.
There are many benefits of choosing online payroll software over software deployed on-premise. Some of these perks include:
Security. With cloud-based deployments, businesses don’t have to worry about on-premise crashes, thefts or other crises. Online software vendors have their own secure servers and security policies to help prevent hacking and data loss (which are often more robust than those of individual businesses).
Automatic updates. Cloud payroll software vendors often update their products to reflect things like changing tax laws. Because online payroll software can update automatically, users no longer have to buy new software each year.
Lower upfront costs. Since cloud payroll solutions are typically priced on a subscription basis, users don’t have to pay a large installation fee up front, like they do with perpetual licenses (which are common for on-premise systems). Instead, they pay a more manageable fee either per month or per year.
Though online payroll software solutions have lower initial costs, the recurring costs eventually add up. However, since on-premise software often requires users to purchase updates, over time, costs for the two types of system tend to even out.
Here are a few trends to be aware of as you search for new software in this market:
Mobile accessibility. More and more businesses want their payroll software to be accessible from any device. Cloud-based software has made it possible for vendors to offer mobile apps, so users can log in from their smartphones and tablets.
Many vendors also offer mobile employee portals. With these portals, employees can access their timesheets, salary information and more while on the go.
Cloud-based solutions for larger enterprises. In the past, cloud solutions were marketed only to small and midsize businesses. Now, more and more vendors are offering robust online payroll systems for larger enterprises.
Systems targeting larger businesses often include a wider range of capabilities, such as HR applications or accounting integration.