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Surado! A Rising Mid-market CRM Provider
Our quest for quality and well-priced mid-market CRM software solutions, takes us this week to review Surado Solutions Inc. developers of Surado CRM Solutions

crm life insurance market  marketing automation functionality, Surado CRM provides an integration module they claim eases customization and connectivity with other back office systems, an automatic synchronization (Always-In-Sync) between mobile users and servers, and a module for synchronization with Microsoft Exchange. Product Definition and Market Impact Through the guided installation of Surado CRM, the user gets to answer a series of questions that define the basic customization, for example, importing all your contacts,

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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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Enterprise Incentive Management Leader Responds to Market Demands


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Case Study: Euclid Insurance


Euclid Insurance needed to allow clients and carriers to securely transfer sensitive data without straining the company’s IT resources or forcing use of cumbersome encryption keys. Euclid standardized its data security with an online data storage solution. Find out about the benefits, including secure online file sharing and collaboration; auditable document access for regulatory compliance; and lower cost of operations.

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Best Software Delivers More Insights To Its Partners (As Well As To The Market) Part Three: Market Impact


With Best having already captured a lion's share of the market estimated to consist of several millions of small enterprises or ~$14 billion in revenue opportunity, and continuing to capture new customers, the likes of MBS will likely have their work cut out for them despite their recently unveiled sound strategy and product offering.

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CRM 101


Welcome to another installment in our back-to-basics series. So far, we’ve covered ERP 101 and SCM 101. What Is CRM? CRM is more than a software application. It is a set of strategies, processes, and associated software systems designed to improve the interactions and engagement of customers. CRM involves not only the use of these tools, but also corporate cultural transformation

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Oracle CRM


Oracle CRM On Demand is the newest release of Oracle's software-as-a-service. This CRM solution provides Web 2.0 collaboration capabilties and other features such as analytics capabilities, a built in contact center, "sticky notes" features, and a centralized message center, and custom applets. It also has widgets to embed other applications, including Google, MyYahoo, or Microsoft SharePoint.  

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