What Is ADP? Breaking Down the Vendor’s Many Solutions

Automatic Data Processing, or ADP, had a humble beginning in the late 1950s as a small payroll processing firm.

Since then, it has grown to become one of the biggest providers of human resources (HR) software solutions and outsourced services in the world.

Ranked #251 in 2015’s Fortune 500, an estimated one out of every six employees in the U.S. gets their paycheck through ADP.

If you’re in the process of researching HR solutions for your business, you’ve undoubtedly come across ADP. But with so many offerings to choose from, it can be hard to determine which one is exactly right for your needs.

To help you make sense of all ADP’s solutions, Software Advice has created this helpful guide. First, watch the video below to get up to speed in under 3 minutes:

To begin, click on the option that best describes your business to be taken to the relevant section within this article:

Small Business (1-49 employees)

  • RUN Powered by ADP
  • ADP Resource
  • ADP TotalSource

Midsize Business (50-999 employees)

  • ADP Workforce Now
  • ADP TotalSource
  • ADP SmartCompliance

Large Business (1,000+ employees)

  • ADP Vantage HCM
  • ADP SmartCompliance

Multinational Business (any size)

  • ADP GlobalView
  • ADP Streamline

Additional Products

  • ADP Mobile Solutions
  • ADP Health Compliance

ADP Solutions for Small Businesses (1-49 Employees)

Starting a new business—or running one without dedicated HR support—can be challenging. The ADP offerings in this first category are designed to help small-business owners handle (or outsource) HR needs such as payroll, taxes, recruiting and training.

RUN Powered by ADP

Shortcut links in RUN Powered by ADP

RUN Powered by ADP is a cloud-based payroll and HR platform that comes in three different packages.

The first package, called Essential Payroll, includes such capabilities as:

  • Basic payroll processing
  • Direct deposit functionality
  • Time and attendance
  • Tax filing

The second package, Enhanced Payroll, offers more advanced payroll options, including:

  • Check mailing
  • Reloadable, prepaid debit cards
  • ADP-managed unemployment insurance and wage garnishments

The last package, Complete Payroll + HR, can handle all of the above and more. A few examples of its capabilities include:

  • Applicant tracking
  • Background checks
  • Cloud-based document management

With each package, you’ll get access to ADP resources—such as HR newsletters and helpful documents—to help you stay on top of HR best practices and compliance needs.

Add-on services for benefits administration and employee scheduling are also available.

The bottom line: RUN Powered by ADP is ideal for new business owners wanting ultimate in-house control.

ADP Resource

Employee enrollment in ADP Resource

ADP Resource is an administrative services offering (ASO) that allows small businesses to outsource recruitment, payroll, benefits, training and more to ADP.

An ASO is essentially a mid-point option between doing HR in-house and outsourcing it completely. This way, your business will retain all employee risks and liabilities and remain the employer on record for tax purposes, as well.

With ADP Resource, ADP will handle all of your HR needs. You and your employees will have access to the system for data entry and self-service purposes through the MyADP Resource Web portal.

The bottom line: ADP Resource is ideal for small businesses wanting to outsource HR without taking on a full co-employment relationship.

ADP TotalSource

My TotalSource in ADP TotalSource

ADP TotalSource is the vendor’s professional employment organization (PEO) offering for small businesses. With TotalSource, ADP will serve as your company’s PEO, using a co-employment model.

Your company will:

  • Retain day-to-day control over managing employees
  • Have access to TotalSource via the My TotalSource Web portal, so administrators can perform data entry and employees can meet self-service needs

ADP, in turn:

  • Becomes the employer on record for tax purposes
  • Handles recruiting, payroll, benefits, training, compliance and more
  • Assumes the legal risk, should anything go wrong
The bottom line: ADP TotalSource is ideal for small businesses wanting to fully outsource their HR operations and mitigate risk.

ADP Solutions for Midsize Businesses (50-999 Employees)

Your business is growing, and you need help with administration, compliance, recruiting—the whole nine yards. The ADP offerings in this category are designed to help those in finance, accounting and HR better handle employee needs at their midsize business.

ADP Workforce Now

Open Enrollment in ADP Workforce Now

ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based, core HR platform with built-in functionality for:

  • Payroll
  • Taxes
  • Personnel tracking
  • Time and attendance
  • Benefits administration
  • Automated new-hire reporting
  • Time clock integration
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, including a specialized dashboard to ensure your business meets all eligibility requirements

Workforce Now also includes a number of add-ons that can be integrated á la carte, including:

  • Absence management
  • Employee scheduling
  • Recruiting
  • Compensation management
  • Performance appraisals
The bottom line: ADP Workforce Now is ideal for midsize businesses that want a full-featured suite to do HR in-house.

ADP TotalSource

Benefits in ADP TotalSource

ADP TotalSource is a professional employer organization (PEO) offering, in which you enter a co-employment relationship with ADP to outsource your HR needs.

With TotalSource, your business:

  • Retains day-to-day control over managing employees
  • Can make necessary changes and provide employees access to needed information through the My TotalSource Web portal

In turn, ADP:

  • Becomes the employer on record for tax purposes
  • Assumes the risk, should anything go wrong
  • Handles payroll and taxes, recruiting and employee benefits
  • Oversees ACA compliance, employee training and termination paperwork
The bottom line: ADP TotalSource is ideal for midsize businesses wanting to completely outsource their HR needs.

ADP SmartCompliance

Analytics in ADP SmartCompliance

Maybe you already have a payroll, HR or financial system in place, but are worried about potential compliance gaps your team can’t fully cover. In that case, ADP SmartCompliance may be right for you.

ADP SmartCompliance is a modular offering that integrates with your current HCM platform to help you better meet tax, employment and payroll compliance needs.

SmartCompliance is able to:

    • Integrate with popular HCM systems, such as SuccessFactors, Workday and ADP’s own platforms.
    • Apply up-to-date regulations to ensure your unemployment claims, wage garnishments, employment taxes and more are not only compliant, but as efficiently managed as possible.
    • Help you take full advantage of applicable tax credits.
The bottom line: ADP SmartCompliance is ideal for midsize companies that already have an HCM system in place, but want to automate compliance gap management.

ADP Solutions for Large Businesses (1,000+ Employees)

With multiple offices and thousands of employees spread out among them, making sure HR is in order can be quite a task. The ADP offerings in this category are designed so large businesses can handle all of their talent management needs and strategic objectives.

ADP Vantage HCM

Pay breakdown in ADP Vantage HCM

ADP Vantage HCM is the vendor’s cloud-based HCM software offering for large businesses. The following applications allow users to scale and manage their workforce:

  • Recruiting
  • Payroll
  • Time and attendance
  • Benefits administration

Vantage HCM also includes more advanced functionality, such as:

  • Succession planning
  • Workforce analytics
The bottom line: ADP Vantage HCM is ideal for large businesses wanting a comprehensive, in-house HCM software solution.

ADP SmartCompliance

Multi-device access in ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance is a modular offering that integrates with a pre-existing HCM solution to automate compliance gap management.

SmartCompliance can integrate with an HR system from a leading vendor, such Kronos, SAP, Infor or even ADP itself. This can help large businesses meet tax, employment and payroll compliance needs.

Using up-to-date regulations, SmartCompliance can make sure the following areas are both compliant and efficiently managed:

  • Employment taxes
  • W2 processing
  • Unemployment claims
  • Wage garnishments
The bottom line: ADP SmartCompliance is ideal for large businesses with an existing HCM platform that want an integrated solution to automate compliance gap management.

ADP Solutions for Multinational Businesses (any size)

Multinational businesses have to mitigate such challenges as large distances between offices, different currencies and languages and ever-changing regulations. The ADP offerings in this category are designed to help companies, regardless of size, with employees all over the globe.

ADP GlobalView

Talent management in ADP GlobalView

ADP GlobalView is ADP’s cloud-based HCM solution for businesses operating in multiple countries.

The platform is uniquely designed to address the challenges of a global workforce, including functionality for:

  • Managing payroll and benefits in multiple currencies
  • Time and attendance
  • Recruiting
  • Performance management
  • Advanced HCM analytics, which provides better visibility into workforce trends
The bottom line: ADP GlobalView is ideal for multinational companies wanting a comprehensive software platform to handle HR in-house.

ADP Streamline

Company policies in ADP Streamline

This platform can either integrate with your HR or ERP solution or be purchased as a stand-alone offering.

ADP Streamline is an advanced payroll system that provides a centralized database to manage multi-country operations.

Streamline is a cloud-based platform that leverages ADP’s network of in-country payroll experts. Not only can it help you remain in compliance, it can also provide more data and visibility into payroll workflows.

Steamline offers the following built-in functionality:

  • Reporting
  • Invoicing
  • Analytics dashboards that give users a centralized view of global headcount, costs and more
The bottom line: ADP Streamline is ideal for international companies wanting more valuable insight into their global payroll operations.

Additional Products

Besides what is listed above, ADP has two other offerings in its bundle of premier products. These are meant to boost the effectiveness of your current system: They either offer more niche functionality, or are only available as an add-on to one of the above ADP solutions.

ADP Mobile Solutions

Home screen in ADP Mobile Solutions

Don’t be confused when you see ADP Mobile Solutions listed as a product on the vendor’s website. This simply refers to ADP’s free, dedicated mobile app that users can download to access ADP systems while on the go.

Available for iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows devices, ADP Mobile Solutions allows managers and employees alike to track and print pay stubs, request time off, view benefits information and more from the convenience of their mobile device.

You can use ADP Mobile Solutions to access many of the solutions listed above: Simply purchase the app and log in using your existing credentials.

The bottom line: ADP Mobile Solutions is ideal for companies that want users to be able to access systems when outside the office.

ADP Health Compliance

Multi-device access in ADP Health Compliance

ADP Health Compliance is a niche solution that can integrate with your current HCM platform. It’s specifically designed to help your business with Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance.

Along with full-service ACA filing assistance, the platform also offers integrated analytics to help manage and track crucial elements of staying ACA-compliant. What’s more, Health Compliance users get access to ADP’s regulatory experts to reconcile ACA penalties and stay ahead of changing rules.

The bottom line: ADP Health Compliance is for businesses that need an integrated offering to help them remain ACA-compliant.

ADP is a major vendor in the HR space, but there are also plenty of other options to explore.

You can check out pricing, reviews and demos for over 300 different HR systems, or call (855) 998-8505 to learn more about ADP products and potential alternatives.

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