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Our HRIS and Payroll Vendor Comparison Report Overview

Our HRIS vendor comparison report provides an in-depth analysis of HRIS and payroll software leaders currently available in the market. Designed to assist organizations in their quest for the ideal HCM solution, this report provides detailed side-by-side comparisons across various key metrics.

Focusing on a range of crucial aspects, including features, functionality, delivery models, customer support, technology, and investment costs, our HRIS comparison report equips potential users with the data to make well-informed decisions. From general capabilities such as payroll and time management to more specialized functions like recruiting and applicant tracking, candidate self-service, compensation and salary planning, succession management, and security features, we leave no stone unturned in our thorough analysis.

By offering a side-by-side comparison across these critical dimensions, our report empowers HR professionals and other executives to identify the HRIS solution that best aligns with their organization’s unique requirements and objectives.

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Why You Can Trust Our HRIS and Payroll Vendor Comparison Report

At HRMS Solutions, we bring a wealth of experience to the table, backed by thousands of successful HR technology projects. With a deep understanding of mid-market and enterprise providers and their unique challenges and opportunities, we stand as a trusted partner in the realm of HR technologies.

Our track record speaks volumes, showcasing our ability to deliver innovative solutions tailored to the needs of our clients. Whether it’s streamlining processes, optimizing workflows, or enhancing employee management, our expertise ensures that organizations achieve their goals effectively and efficiently.

By harnessing our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge, we provide valuable insights into the HR technology landscape, enabling organizations to navigate with confidence. As you delve into our HRIS vendor comparison report, you can trust that you’re accessing expertise honed through decades of hands-on experience and a deep commitment to client success.


“This (report) was a key part of the selection process for us, both for credibility with executives and with saving our time. Your knowledge of the many options and the selection process saved us much time.”

HR Director, Engineering

“HRMS’ industry expertise helped us make an educated decision on the solution that was best suited for the organization.”

Project Manager, Financial Services

Frequently Asked Questions  

HRMS Solutions created the HRIS and Payroll Vendor Comparison Report to address the challenges posed by the ever-evolving HR technology landscape. With trends emerging, new features introduced, and regulations shifting seemingly overnight, even seasoned professionals find themselves navigating uncertain terrain.

Our aim is to simplify the search for new HR technology by providing a comprehensive resource that cuts through the noise. Through this report, we offer a side-by-side comparison of leading medium and enterprise HCM solutions, focusing on key features and functionality. This enables professionals in HR, payroll, and IT to quickly evaluate options and make informed decisions about their HR software needs.

By providing clarity and structure to the decision-making process, our report instills confidence and assists organizations in narrowing the field of qualified vendor solutions. Our goal is to empower organizations to find the HRIS and payroll solutions that best fit their unique requirements, facilitating smoother transitions and enhancing overall efficiency.

The criteria HRMS uses for the vendor comparison report is divided into four primary categories: Vendor Reputation and Support, Software Functionality, Business Needs, and Additional Factors. 

Vendor Reputation and Support 

  • Market reputation, key customer metrics, and reviews: Research the vendor’s reputation, market share, customer acquisition and retention rates, number of current clients, and customer/user reviews.
  • Implementation and training support: Assess the vendor’s implementation process and training options.
  • Customer support quality and availability: Evaluate the quality and accessibility of ongoing customer support and support offerings (24×7, chat, emergency, knowledge base, instructor-led or video training, user conferences, community portal, etc.).
  • Financial stability, longevity in business, and outlook: Consider the vendor’s financial stability and future product development plans. 

Software Functionality

  • Core HCM functionalities: Core features like payroll, recruiting, benefits administration, time and attendance, self-service, performance management, and reporting are essential. (Note: This report features integrated HR and Payroll solutions only. Standalone HR and Payroll options are excluded from this report).
  • Advanced features: Consider desired advanced features like talent acquisition, learning management, global, AI, and workforce analytics.
  • Mobile accessibility: Is the solution accessible through mobile devices for on-the-go use?
  • Security and compliance: Does the solution meet data security and regulatory compliance requirements? Are role-level, table/object-level, and field-level security available in the application? 

Business Needs

  • Company Size: Different solutions cater to small, medium, or large enterprises. The vendors included in this report offer solutions that focus on mid-market, medium, and small enterprises.
  • Current HR processes and desired improvement areas: Identify pain points and desired functionalities (e.g., payroll, recruiting, talent management, compliance).
  • Budget: HCM solutions and the costs associated with implementation can range significantly in price, so budget constraints need to be factored in. This report includes general price range indicators for high-level investment costs, which include subscription pricing and implementation fees.
  • Integration capabilities: Does the solution offer tools to enable integration with other software (e.g., benefit carries EDIs, APIs, bi-directional, etc.)? 

Additional Factors

  • Customization options: Can the solution be customized to fit your specific needs and workflows? Are system configuration tools available to the client?
  • Emerging technologies: Does the vendor embrace new technologies and offer innovative solutions?


The importance of each criterion varies, depending on each organization’s unique requirements, needs, and priorities. We recommend involving stakeholders across HR, IT, and other workforce management departments in the selection process to gather diverse perspectives and ensure a well-rounded and informed decision.

The report organizes data by key capabilities such as core functionalities, global capabilities, employee life cycle management, administration features, reporting tools, technical aspects, and more. This structured approach simplifies the process of finding solutions that match your organization’s specific needs.


By categorizing vendors based on these key capabilities, the report enables a targeted search for solutions aligned with your organizational priorities. Whether you’re looking for robust payroll management, comprehensive talent acquisition tools, advanced reporting functionalities, or seamless integration options, you can easily identify vendors that offer the features and functionalities that are most relevant to your organization.

We understand that navigating the HR technology marketplace can be complex, and you may have specific concerns or project requirements. That’s why we offer dedicated support from our team of highly experienced HCM and HR technology marketplace account executives.

Our account executives are available to address your questions about the comparison report and guide you through the HCM vendor landscape. Whether you need assistance with understanding specific features, evaluating vendor options, or aligning solutions with your project objectives, our experts are here to help. Feel free to reach out to any of our account executives at


In addition to personalized support, we also offer HCM Advisory Services to lead your team through an informed vendor evaluation and selection process. We understand that one size does not fit all in the HCM marketplace, and we’re committed to helping you choose the best vendor and solution for your organization’s unique needs. 

At HRMS, our support goes beyond the comprehensive vendor comparison report. Request a free HCM project consultation today, and let us assist you in achieving your HR technology goals.

HRMS Solutions employs a multi-pronged approach to stay ahead of the HRIS and payroll technology curve: 

  • Industry Expertise: Our team comprises seasoned HR tech professionals with years of experience and deep industry knowledge. We actively participate in conferences, webinars, and professional networks to stay informed of trends and innovations in human resources.
  • Vendor Relationships: We cultivate close relationships with leading HRIS and payroll vendors, gaining early insights into product roadmaps, upcoming features, and industry best practices.
  • Market Research: We continuously monitor market reports, analyst research, industry influencers, and news publications to identify significant developments and track market trends.
  • User Feedback: We collect feedback from our HCM advisory services and consulting engagements to recognize common pain points within existing HR technology and gain insights into new and unique application capabilities.
  • Technology Monitoring: We track emerging technologies like AI and automation to anticipate their potential impact on the HR landscape.

By combining these efforts, HRMS ensures the HRIS and Payroll Vendor Comparison Report remains a valuable resource.

The HRIS and Payroll Vendor Comparison Report is published annually. An annual release cadence allows us to gather data and analysis throughout the year, ensuring that the report reflects the most up-to-date insights and developments within the HR technology market. This approach enables us to provide our audience with valuable insights that reflect the meaningful evolution occurring within the industry.

While “ease” is a subjective term, the report includes an Integration section that offers high-level insights into the types of integration capabilities available for each solution featured. This section provides valuable information to help you assess the compatibility of HRIS and payroll systems with your existing software infrastructure.

However, integration requirements can vary greatly depending on factors such as the complexity of your existing systems and the specific functionalities you require. For a more tailored assessment of your integration needs, we recommend scheduling a short consultation with our team to discuss your specific requirements in detail. This consultation will enable us to provide personalized guidance and recommendations to ensure seamless integration with your existing software ecosystem.

Yes, our online vendor comparison tool provides an interactive way to compare HRIS and payroll solutions. This tool offers simple, non-interactive one-word colored responses to quickly determine if a particular feature or capability is included in a specific solution.

While our vendor comparison report does not directly address scalability, it does encompass comprehensive HR, payroll, time, and talent capabilities necessary to support the people management needs of medium to enterprise-sized businesses. We understand that agility and adaptability are crucial for businesses to thrive and remain competitive in today’s fast-paced environment, and this extends to their HR operations and workforce management tools. 

If you’re specifically interested in exploring the scalability aspects of any solution featured in the report, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our team can provide further insights and discuss how these HCM solutions can effectively grow and adapt alongside your business needs.