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Kronos Workforce Ready

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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BambooHR

BambooHR is a cloud-based human resources (HR) software service for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS)... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 124 recommendations

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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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RUN powered by ADP

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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honeybeeBase

honeybeeBase is a cloud-based team management solution for small size businesses that allows them to track attendance, schedule tasks, clock employees in and out, communicate shifts and more. honeybeeBase allows employees to clock... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 71 recommendations

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Viventium

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

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Recent recommendations: 63 recommendations

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UltiPro

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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Ascentis

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

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PurelyHR

PurelyHR is a cloud-based leave management solution for small to midsize businesses. The system’s core modules allow HR departments to track staff leave requests and approvals as well as manage diverse time off policies and hierarchies.... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 40 recommendations

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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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Recent recommendations: 33 recommendations

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Netchex

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

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Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations

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Crelate

Crelate is an all-in-one recruiting customer relationship management (CRM) and applicant tracking system (ATS) built for internal applicant tracking in addition to staffing, consulting and recruiting agencies. Crelate’s visual user... Read more

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BirdDogHR Talent Management Suite-Performance

The BirdDogHR Talent Management System offers cloud-based applicant tracking and performance management software for organizations in all industries, especially construction, manufacturing, engineering and skilled trades. The Talent... Read more

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Infor HCM

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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Clockwise

Clockwise is a time and attendance solution suitable for companies of all sizes in sectors such as legal, accounting, consulting, staffing and professional organizations. Key features include time and attendance tracking, mobile apps,... Read more

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BerniePortal

BerniePortal is a cloud-based human resources software platform for small and midsize employers. BerniePortal’s features address each phase of the employee lifecycle from hiring to COBRA administration including: applicant tracking,... Read more

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Onboard

HR Cloud’s Onboard application is a full-featured cloud-based onboarding solution for companies large or small doing business in any industry. Onboard allows HR professionals to craft a paperless, self-service onboarding process... Read more

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EPAY Human Capital Management

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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uAttend

uAttend is an employee management system developed for all mobile platforms. It is a cloud-based solution for tracking attendance and time records for employees. The application allows employees to punch-in and out via web browsers,... Read more

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PeopleGuru HCM

PeopleGuru HCM is a cloud-based HR solution that enables organizations to manage employee lifecycle. The solution also helps in managing different HR applications which include benefits management, payroll, compensation management,... Read more

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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 14, 2019

Human capital management (HCM) software could be thought of as the next step in the evolution of human resources (HR) software. Rather than managing employees as if they’re static resources with finite skills and limited capabilities, HCM software manages employees as “human capital” that can be grown, leveraged and strategically deployed.

This might sound like an insignificant shift in perspective without a substantive difference, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The shift in perspective behind HCM software brings with it a selection of new tools and applications—discussed in detail below—that improve the ability of organizations to leverage and grow their human capital investments.

As a “next step” in a long line of HR software, tools and strategies, many companies have questions about HCM software. An increasingly large portion of these companies are small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Below we examine and explain core aspects of HCM software, paying particular attention to the functionalities and use cases most relevant to SMBs.

In this HCM software Buyer’s Guide we look at:

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