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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


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ALCIE Integrated Solutions


ALCIE Integrated Solutions Inc. (AIS) develops its family of ALCIE modules, as well as providing integrated solution services. ALCIE has been providing, installing, and supporting both packaged off-the-shelf and custom business applications continuously for the past 20 years. Its top five target markets are government, automotive distribution, chemical and pharmacutical distribution, insurance, and food and perishable commodity distribution. ALCIE is based in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). The company's clients, both large and small, include Raytheon, Boeing, Honda, and Shell Oil, and are located throughout the United States (US), Canada, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

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BTM Solutions


BTM Solutions has been supporting manufacturing clients for over 23 years. The company's staff of professional consultants and trainers help the clients through the implementation and setup of the software. Its staff of programmers help with additional customization as necessary. The company services and supports clients nationwide and is totally dedicated to the support and implementation of the software for its clients.

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Bell Rock Solutions


Bell Rock Solutions is a young software company, formed in 2002, with a goal of making enterprise level software less expensive, complex, difficult to implement, and to administer. The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona (US). Bell Rock Solutions offers enterprise applications including customer relationship management (CRM), sales force automation (SFA), and more.

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Logility Voyager Solutions


Logility Voyager Solutions is a complete set of supply chain management solutions in one Internet-based collaborative framework, including global supply chain visibility; demand, inventory and replenishment planning; supply and sourcing optimization; transportation planning and execution; and warehouse management. Specifically, Voyager WarehousePRO increases shipping and inventory accuracy by optimizing the flow of materials and information through distribution centers; and helps cut operational costs and improves productivity, order fill rates, space utilization and customer service. It also incorporates advanced workflow technology, industry-specific practices, and RFID technology. WarehousePRO is completely integrated to Logility Voyager Transportation Planning & Management.  

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KeyedIn Solutions


KeyedIn Solutions offers cloud-based software systems that provide a flexible, scalable, and affordable means to simplify processes, improve performance and gain a competitive edge. KeyedIn Flex Platform, the company’s cloud application platform, allows new applications to be developed quickly. The KeyedIn project portfolio management (PPM) system supports program management offices in businesses of all types, while its professional services automation (PSA) software serves professional service organizations. The company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution addresses the unique needs of custom manufacturers. 

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Acceo Solutions


Providing business, accounting, and banking solutions and SaaS and cloud computing, Acceo Solutions also offers a selection of specialized consulting services ranging from strategic support to IT management and infrastructure. The company's services include payment solutions, customized development, and full integration of its own and business partners' ERP solutions.

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Watermark Solutions, LLC


Headquartered in Houston, TX, Watermark Solutions has provided Infor solutions to customers throughout the Southern and Southeastern Regions of the U.S. since the mid-1980’s. As a leading provider of business software and services, Watermark Solutions offers Enterprise solutions that address the essential challenges faced by manufacturers and distributors in key areas such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management, Performance Management, Hosting Services and much more. These software solutions are built around the business processes of manufacturing - from design, planning and production, to sales, delivery and after-market service and support.

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Merit Solutions


We are extremely fortunate to work with companies around the world who create products and offer services that improve the lives of millions. Our driving principle is to help them increase their business success - whether that’s through growth and expansion, business process automation, or creating jobs and healthy communities. Our clients are medium to large enterprise businesses that want to leverage Microsoft Dynamics and surrounding technologies to standardize business processes and eliminate risk - and then continuously improve their business. With more than 400 client-companies representing over a dozen industries spread worldwide, our longevity and success within the Microsoft technology is proven. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Merit Solutions is AMR Research Industry Certified in Process Manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics AX. We have recently been recognized as one of Accounting Today's VAR 100, one of the 2011 VAR Stars, had two products named in the Top 15 Add-Ons for Microsoft Dynamics. Merit Solutions is a Microsoft Excellence Partner for working successfully and collaboratively with customers and partners across the world.

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ECi Software Solutions


ECi Software Solutions provides vertically oriented business management and e-commerce systems software for growing and mid-size companies. A member of the Inc. 5000, ECi has specialized in software solutions for global microniche vertical businesses for more than 30 years. The company's software is designed for manufacturing operations throughout the world, as well as dealers and distributors in industries such as office equipment, office supplies, contract office furniture, business equipment, lumber and building materials, hardware, and janitorial/sanitation supplies. Through strategic partnerships, ECi is able to offer its customers solutions for sales data management, credit processing, variable data printing and property-loss prevention. ECi is privately held and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas (US). Its US offices are located in Texas, California, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. ECi's Global offices are located in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands.

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