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Human Resources: To Outsource or Not to Outsource, That Is the Question
As human resource outsourcing (HRO) becomes an increasingly popular option for many HR organizations, they must inform themselves about the benefits and

bpo conferences  Resources: To Outsource or Not to Outsource, That Is the Question In today’s business world, human resource outsourcing (HRO) is becoming increasingly popular. While earlier adopters of HRO have had less than ideal experiences with their outsourcing partners (poorly integrated service delivery, lack of common HR standards, etc.), today’s outsourcing services have greatly improved. According to a mid-2009 report by AMR Research Inc. on the state of IT outsourcing, roughly 80 percent of enterprises

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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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Enlightened Self-interest Launches CRM Information Source


Software vendor Net Perceptions and CRM gurus Peppers and Rogers Group have joined forces to develop co-branded media products covering the use of technology to create personalized, one-to-one relationships.

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CFO Publishing


CFO Publishing LLC is a media business that reaches more than 600,000 corporate executives in the United States, providing senior finance executives with information, insight, and advice, in print, online, and through conferences and research.

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Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller's Jobs More Strategic? (Part 2)


Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO) specialists, many human resource (HR) and payroll managers are now able to focus more on strategic and more important tasks of managing talent and human capital of the company. The discussion then went into the possible liberation of chief

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What’s With Ariba Selling Its Sourcing Services Team to Accenture?


My recent series about the merger of JDA Software and i2 Technologies raised the issue whether any independent software vendor (ISV) can at the same time be a successful professional service provider (even without considering a possible conflict with its service provider partners). Coincidentally or not, in early October Ariba sent a message to the market that its focus

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Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes


Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning processes should first address some key aspects of these tools.

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Ovex Technoloiges


Ovex Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. is the largest third-party offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT solutions provider, and the second largest exporter of IT services in Pakistan. The company employs over 900 employees and at its seven facilities, and serves both domestic and international clients. Ovex maintains partnerships with global technology vendors like Cisco, IBM, EMC, and Microsoft, and has clients in telecommunications, manufacturing and services, banking and financial, education, media, the public sector, and health care. The corporate office is located in Lahore (Pakistan), with other locations in Islamabad and Karachi. Ovex is owned by En Pointe Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPT), and is an ISO 9001:2000(International Organizations for Standardization 9001:2000)-certified company.

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Oracle (Finally) Learning and Applying Its Own CRM


After years of power struggle with its independent applications user group (OAUG), Oracle Corporation is to host its own application user group conference early next year.

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Softtek


Founded in 1982, Softtek is a global provider of IT and business process solutions with close to 7,000 professionals across 30 offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. With eight Global Delivery Centers in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and China, Softtek provides solutions to top-tier corporations in over 20 countries through on-site, on-shore, and its trademarked Near Shore service delivery models. Creator of the Near Shore industry, Softtek is one of the largest IT service providers in Latin America. Softtek is Near Shore service provider for North America, as well as Latin America's largest private IT service provider. For more than two decades, the company has served the technology needs of some of the world's most notable companies, offering various IT services including application related services, IT infrastructure support, and business process outsourcing (BPO). The functionality of the Near Shore approach is based on using one or more of the eight Global Delivery Centers (GDCs) based in Mexico (4), Brazil (2), Spain (1), or China (1) to meet the global IT needs of customers in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The GDCs adhere to a "follow-the-sun" strategy, keeping work regionally close to allow for customer interaction and on-site work when remote delivery is unfavorable. Each GDC operates following Six Sigma philosophy, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi) guidelines, and in some cases is process certified in ISO, confirming that the client gets a high level of expertise and efficiency. Also, through the network of GDCs, Softtek helps ensure business continuity and disaster recovery plans for its clients, which is also supported by its strong communications infrastructure.

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SuiteWorld 2014: NetSuite’s Cloud Ebullience Goes On


“NetSuite is the real deal in the enterprise applications space”—the main message of the recent SuiteWorld 2014 conference—was proven by CEO Zach Nelson during his keynote speech citing recent growth figures in the enterprise cloud software space. The company experienced over 50% growth last year, compared to a modest 5% for Microsoft Dynamics and a measly 1% for Sage, while SAP was even negative 1% if one considers just ERP software license growth.

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