How do you select the right HR software vendor?

Making sure you choose the right vendor is a major step towards maintaining and improving your company's performance.

Making sure you choose the right vendor is a major step towards maintaining and improving your company's performance.

Making sure you choose the right HR software vendor can be a daunting proposition—how efficient your new software is could have major implications on how smoothly your company runs as a whole. After all, human capital is any business' most valuable asset. Accordingly, there is some pressure that goes into making the decision between software companies. 

David Foxall of HR Lab outlines the necessary questions you should ask yourself about the type of software you choose. Some of the more pressing questions include:

What features are really needed?

Foxall explains that while the majority of HR software systems will perform every necessary function, "when deciding requirements, the focus should be not merely on what the system can do but also how it does it." The method is just as important as the result.

How reliable is the software?

While reliability is a necessity, it may surprise you how often this simple but crucial facet of any software system is overlooked because buyers are focusing on features like ad hoc report writing or the ability to import/export data. Foxall emphasizes the importance of finding out how established the vendor is. The longer a company's been around, the more likely they'll be able to fix any bugs that appear in the software they provide to you.

Why is an HRMS (Human Resources Management System) needed by the business?

This may be the most vital question, because it will highlight which areas of your HR department are most appropriate to focus on when selecting a vendor's product. Without knowing those, the entire search could be fruitless.

All of these factors and more go into a business' software selection. It is something that we at HR Software Solutions have extensive experience in, and something that we'd be happy to help you with!