At its most straight forward, online HR software is used to describe any kind of human resources management software that is accessed across the internet.
Also described as Software as a Service (SaaS), web-based or Cloud HR, the HR software isn’t installed on a computer in your office (on premise), but hosted elsewhere, usually with a secure, specialist Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider.
You access the software via the internet, using a standard web browser. The supplier takes care of all of the IT infrastructure that’s required to keep your HR system safe and running smoothly.
However, not all online systems are the same. Many are older HR applications, built to be used on premise, that have been given a web interface and moved to the Cloud. As a result, they lack many of the advantages of newer ‘Cloud native’ HR systems.
That doesn’t mean they might not be the best solution for you. Like buying a stately home, the supplier has had time to build on extensions galore, and may often offer to customise their product for you. The downside is that they usually are considerably more time-consuming and expensive to set up and maintain than their more modern alternatives, and, because of their older product architecture, have a less agile approach to product improvement and service delivery.
We’ve put together these handy guides so you can cut through the marketing hype and discover the approach that’s right for you.