Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped many HR departments choose the right talent management software so they can stay on top of core HR needs and tackle strategic initiatives.

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ADP Workforce Now

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

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BambooHR

Ideal for small and mid-sized businesses, BambooHR offers a cost-effective, web-based HR and talent management solution that even the less-than-tech-savvy can navigate. Read more

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Vibe HCM

Vibe HCM offers both HR transactions & compliance and strategic employee engagement in one HCM platform for midsize businesses. Vibe HCM offers recruiting, onboarding, communication and connection, HR management, talent development... Read more

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Lanteria HR

Lanteria HR is a cloud-based and on-premise human resources solution based on Microsoft Sharepoint and Office 365. It is suitable for midsize and large enterprises in all industries. Primary features include core HR, time and attendance,... Read more

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Ascentis

Ascentis HR offers a great web-based solution for managing your talent processes. By utilizing employee self service modules, this system - ideal for 100 to 2,500 employees automates onboarding and talent management processes. Read more

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Vista

Vista is an integrated human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting and self-service application that offers tools for administrative HCM and payroll processes.   Functional elements include workflow, tax management, recruitment,... Read more

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HRadvocate

HRadvocate is a cloud-based solution to help businesses make key decisions regarding both applicants and current employees. It is suitable for companies in different industry verticals including retail, nonprofit, and healthcare. HRadvocate... Read more

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Oracle HCM Cloud

Built on intelligence and machine learning, Oracle HCM Cloud is a complete human resources (HR) application suite. It is a personal, adaptable tool designed to support the entire workforce lifecycle worldwide for every industry and... Read more

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Triton HR

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

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Kronos Workforce Dimensions

The Workforce Dimensions™ suite from Kronos is developed to enhance collaboration between employees and the organizations for which they work.  Powered by the Kronos D5™ platform and delivered via Google Cloud, Workforce Dimensions... Read more

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DATIS e3

DATIS HR Cloud’s e3 is a completely unified HR and Payroll software solution that empowers Health and Human Services organizations to better achieve their mission. DATIS connects employees, aligns departments, and transforms organizations... Read more

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Infor HCM

With more than 25 years of experience delivering superior global enterprise HR solutions, Infor's award-winning talent management suite fully gives users the tools they need to stay on top of things. Read more

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Saba

Saba provides companies across the globe with a cloud-based learning and talent management application designed to drive employee engagement, elevate skills and improve business productivity. Saba provides traditional talent management... Read more

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HealthcareSource Quality Talent Suite

Designed exclusively for the healthcare industry, HealthcareSource provides a talent management platform with a variety of features, including applicant tracking, onboarding, learning management, performance management, and more. HealthcareSource's... Read more

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Technomedia Talent Management Suite

Technomedia by Cegid is a cloud-based SCORM/AICC compliant talent management solution designed for health care, professional services, retail and hospitality, technology, manufacturing, financial services and government agencies. Key... Read more

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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based performance management solution. It enables users to recruit talent, customize learning initiatives, generate compliance reports, prepare high performers for succession and more. Cornerstone can... Read more

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SutiHR

SutiHR is a cloud-based suite of human resources (HR) applications that enable companies to manage workforce. Key features include personnel tracking, payroll, time and attendance, performance review, employee self-service and on-boarding. SutiHR... Read more

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Sparkrock

Sparkrock is an all-in-one solution for large and midsize Nonprofit organizations. It offers Finance & Accounting, Workforce Management, Payroll, Employee Scheduling, Case Management and Donor Management. Each module can be purchased... Read more

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Ceridian Dayforce

Ceridian Dayforce is a global human capital management (HCM) platform. It unifies data from across the entire employee lifecycle. Ceridian Dayforce is a comprehensive cloud platform that combines HR, payroll, benefits, workforce management,... Read more

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Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos offers users powerful tools for automating the processes of hiring, on-boarding, and managing talent. This web-based solution is agile, and easily adapted to meet various organizational needs Read more

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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 20, 2019

Talent management is a hot topic within the Human Resources (HR) software market. This software category refers to two primary functions: the acquisition of new hires and development of employees. There are more than 100 different software solutions available to improve your processes of interviewing, hiring, onboarding and retaining employees. Learning management is also increasingly being considered as part of this application category. With the HR market in constant evolution, we thought this guide would help you make better, more informed buying decisions.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Talent Management Software?
Why Do Companies Buy Talent Management Software?
Benefits and Potential Issues
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand
The Vendor Landscape

What Is Talent Management Software?

Talent management software is the trump card when it comes to successful acquisition, development and retention within an organization. That’s because with the right system, hiring managers can easily track applicants, stay organized throughout the interview process and minimize the paper trail when onboarding new hires.

It's certainly possible for companies to buy separate, "stand-alone" systems for each of these tasks—for example, one solution for tracking applicants, another for new-hire onboarding, and so on. But for companies looking to automate all of the above, a comprehensive talent management suite will incorporate all of these functionalities.

The top platforms also help modernize and streamline the performance review processes. Employees and managers can track individual performance goals and accomplishments throughout the year, making the review process a collaborative effort with measurable success.

With the evolution of cloud computing, complex processes have been revolutionized by engaging and involving a broader set of employees and managers. Cloud computing, or Software as a Service (SaaS), gives users the ability to tap into resources from anywhere there is Internet access. These Web-hosted, feature-rich solutions enable candidates to view and apply for your open positions online, answering specific questions and submitting important documents without flooding email in-boxes. Hiring managers can quickly access key information and identify their best applicants, minimizing time spent filtering through countless emails.

Core functionality includes:

  • Online applications

  • Interdepartmental communications

  • Resume import function

  • Applicant flagging/fast-tracking

  • Candidate tracking

  • Real-time performance documentation

  • Key document tracking

  • Goal tracking

  • Electronic record-keeping

  • Employee self-service

Why Do Companies Buy Talent Management Software?

Over the years, we’ve spoken to hundreds of companies considering the purchase of talent management software. As a point of reference, we thought it would be helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients’ main application requests, as well as reasons for purchasing this type of software.

The number one application requested by companies searching for talent management software was performance review, while applicant tracking and recruiting came in second.

What Applications to Buyers Look For in Talent Management Software

Almost half of the buyers we spoke with were looking to automate and/or improve their efficiency or effectiveness with the purchase of a new talent management system.

Why Do Buyers Seek Talent Management Software

Also interesting to note, the sizes of businesses seeking talent management software spanned a wide range. It seems that talent management is a concern for companies of all sizes.

However, the type of talent management system you purchase will most likely be dependent on the number of employees you currently have, and the type of software you currently employ. As such, it is important to note that there are several different types of buyers.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Modernizing the approach a company takes to attracting and retaining talent makes it easier to keep employees engaged and motivated. Furthermore, by streamlining the processes for acquiring and retaining talent, employers can stay better organized and communicate more effectively. With candidate and employee information available at their fingertips, managers and HR professionals can quickly accomplish routine tasks to focus on more strategic initiatives. And employees that have a sense of their value within an organization are far less likely to leave than those who don’t. Having the right talent management tools is important to taking your people processes to the next level.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before you purchase a system, it is important to assess what kind of buyer you are. We believe that the majority of buyers fall into one of these categories:

Integrated suite buyers. These buyers work for organizations where some, or all, of the HR processes have become disjointed and inconsistent. They need reliable solutions to improve operational efficiency within their existing HR processes, while effectively updating their management of top talent. Quite simply, these buyers are looking to implement a range of applications, all within one integrated suite. Integrated HR suites with robust functionality are often the best solution.

Best-of-breed buyers. These buyers work for large organizations specifically interested in updating acquisition, development and retention strategies and processes. They need straightforward, easy-to-use talent management system tools that can be implemented into a complex operation with minimal interruption. Functional depth is critical to meet demanding departmental requirements, and best-of-breed systems with high SaaS capability offer the best solutions.

Cost-conscious buyers. These buyers work for organizations that are looking to update their existing systems while keeping costs low. Although there are less expensive on-premise options available, the evolution of SaaS in HR software is changing the industry. That’s because organizations with more limited resources are able to access a broad range of solutions. Cost-conscious buyers looking to enhance their acquisition process should consider stand-alone, best-of-breed applications to integrate with their existing HR systems, either on-premise or on in a hosted, SaaS-based model.

Market Trends to Understand

These trends should be considered as you research talent management solutions.

Consolidation. Recently, larger HR software companies have aggressively acquired many best-of-breed solutions as a means of strengthening the arsenal of their integrated suites. For buyers, this means increased functionality and integration with the rest of your HR system. These integrated suites offer across-the-board functionality, which provide users with a one-stop shop. Larger vendors have the resources to offer more customer support, and offer easy-to-implement solutions. The downside? Service sometimes experiences disruptions as vendors are acquired. Locking in rates and service/maintenance terms should minimize any discrepancies.

Software as a Service. SaaS has changed the HR landscape, offering exceptional usability for managers and employees at every step in the process. With its Web-based interface, SaaS offers buyers the tools to simplify and streamline complicated processes, such as applicant tracking and performance appraisal. Improved accessibility translates to increased usability, which in turn creates a more cohesive and collaborative effort when interviewing candidates or reviewing employee performance.

Strategic HR. Regardless of industry or size, an organization’s greatest resource is its people. Today, some of the most successful companies are focused on enabling HR professionals to harness this resource to its fullest. Analysts have been coining phrases like proactive management, talent pooling and retention strategies for a while now, and branding this category of software as “strategic HR.” Modernizing the process of attracting, acquiring and developing talent with these strategic tools enables an organization to consistently build the value of its talent pool. Buyers should consider whether they purchase these strategic HR tools from an existing HRMS vendor or a pure-play strategic HR vendor.

The Vendor Landscape

These types of buyers... Should evaluate these systems...
Integrated suite buyers Sage Abra HRMS, Lawson HCM, ADP, PeopleSoft
Best-of-breed buyers Halogen, Taleo, Plateau
Cost-conscious buyers iCIMS Talent Platform, aQayo, AcquireTM