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HR technology: Shortcuts to find the best vendors, products

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Say your CEO tasks you with cutting HR department costs. You know technology can help slay that cost dragon, but you have no idea where to start.

Immediately, you turn to the Internet to search for the right product. That’s a common move; 64% of HR executives go to the Internet first when looking for technology products, according to a recent HRmarketer.com survey.

The problem: You lack the time and expertise to comb through hundreds of vendor web sites and products.

The solution: A handful of impartial sources have tested these products and published lists of the best vendors and products. Here are the leading ones:

Training products

Human Resource Executive’s Technology Conference & Expo annually ranks the top three HR training products.

For 2008, the top ranking went to the interactive edition of The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People, which helps employees increase their organizational effectiveness. That was followed by Onboard Connection by TalentKeepers Inc., and Wage & Hour by ELT Inc. For details on each, go to www.hreonline.com and type “top training products” in the search box. The group also ranks the overall top 10 HR products of the year (see box).

Talent management software

The same technology conference also hosted its first “Talent Management Shootout” at this year’s conference in October. The winner: Authoria Talent Management software, followed by the talent management products of Cornerstone OnDemand, Salary.com and Softscape. Senior HR professionals picked the winner based on how the software responded to real-life HR scenarios.

Recruitment process outsourcing

HRO Today magazine publishes an annual ranking of the top 13 recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) vendors. The top five on that list: TheRightThing Inc., Spherion, PeopleScout, Alexander Mann Solutions and Kenexa.

A separate ranking of RPOs was conducted by HR consulting firm The Brown-Wilson Group. It compiles its annual Black Book of Outsourcing based on a survey of businesses, employees, contractors and users. Its top five RPO vendors for 2008: PeopleScout, RPOworldwide, TheRightThing Inc., Pinstripe Inc. and Spherion. For details: www.theblackbookofoutsourcing.com.

Employee recognition firms

HRO Today also ranks the best employee recognition companies. The top five for 2008 were: Rideau Recognition Solutions, Michael C Fina, Diamond H Recognition, Anderson Performance Improvement and Globoforce.

HR management systems

A recent Forrester Research report ranked HR management system vendors by 104 criteria. Ultimate Software was the leader for midsize companies, led by its UltiPro software. The other two strong performers in the midmarket rankings: Ceridian and ADP.

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