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  • The Health Foundation
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  • Claire's Accessories
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  • Vital Energi
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Neo Mobile
  • Islinton & Shoreditch Housing Association
  • Contract Natural Gas Limited
  • Marlborough Fund Managers
  • Oxford Immunotec
  • The Alan Turing Institute
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  • Ista
  • Prospects College of Advanced Technology
  • Battersea Power Station
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  • Ward Williams
  • Amino Communications
  • Scientia Ltd
  • Atcore
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  • Banco BiG
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  • Telstar Group
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Modern HR software designed for you

A smarter approach to human resources management

Cezanne HR is a configurable, cost-effective and GDPR-compliant human resources software system for mid-sized and growing UK and international companies. Trusted by business – and their employees – in more than 80 countries worldwide, Cezanne’s HR software takes the pain out of HR administration, streamlines HR processes, and helps everyone work together more productively.

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I can honestly say I have never seen or worked with a better, more comprehensive HR platform.

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Guaranteed to grow with you

The flexibility every business deserves

Organisations don’t stand still, and your Cezanne HR systems won’t either. In addition to the new features you’ll automatically receive as part of your online HR software service, Cezanne HR is purposely designed to put you in control. You’ll have the freedom to add new users, offices or countries; change what employees can see or update; route approvals in different ways; set up as many different absence types, performance plans, time sheets, HR portals or vacancies as you need – and much more.

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With you every step of the way

From uploading your HR data to answering every-day questions, our support professionals go out of their way to help you get the most from your Cezanne HR software. Don’t just take our word for it. See what our customers say.

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Why choose Cezanne HR?

Save time

From automatic alerts to time-saving workflow, Cezanne HR takes the pain out of HR management, and helps everyone to work smarter.

Work your way

Cezanne HR is comprehensive and configurable. Simply pick the modules you need, and set them up to work the way you want them to.

Get going fast

Thanks to clever system design, smart set up tools and advice from our friendly service experts, you can be and running in no time at all.


Stay up to date

You’ll get the latest features as soon as we release them, and guidance on how to get the best from them. It’s seamless and straight forward.

Secure by design

Security is at the heart of what we do. From advanced product architecture to hosting in Europe with the world’s leading Cloud infrastructure provider.

Connect globally

Built from the ground up for UK and international businesses, Cezanne’s online HR solutions come with expert translations and great global features.

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A smarter way of working

Built using the latest technologies

Cezanne HR was designed for the Cloud. We didn’t just move an old HR system online. Instead, we invested millions in building a new, Cloud-native SaaS HR platform that delivers all of the features you’d expect from a modern HR solution at a fraction of the cost of older-style systems.

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Amazing pricing with no surprises

With Cezanne HR, there are no expensive up-front licence fees, money wasted on capacity you don’t actually use or hidden extras, such as data storage or upgrade fees. Just a straight-forward monthly subscription fee based on your active employees and the modules you’ve selected.

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We particularly liked Cezanne’s approach – not only the range of HR functionality provided by the system but the fact that we are able to get up and running very quickly without having to rely on an IT department or other internal teams. Because we are using the service online, we’ve got none of the administrative overheads or financial risks associated with traditional HR systems – and Cezanne takes care of the system updates too.

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Configurable HR solutions for UK and international companies

As an international business ourselves, with a team that has decades of experience developing systems for companies worldwide, we know what it takes to deliver affordable international human resources software systems that really work. We’ve not just bolted on global HR capabilities to a UK HR system, but built a technology platform that’s designed from the very start for multi-country, multi-language use. With multiple language translations included at no extra charge, global configuration options built in, and support from our expert team to get you started, it’s a proven solution to the challenge of managing – and connecting – your global workforce.

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What is Cloud HR software?

What to look for when selecting an online HR system


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What is Online or Cloud HR Software?

And how do you identify the best HR software for your business

Cloud HR Software, also described as HR Software as a Service (HR SaaS), cloud-based or web-based HR software or online HR software, covers any type of human resources management system where the software is hosted by a third party (instead of being installed in your own office) and is accessed online using the internet.

Cezanne HR is a Cloud HR solution that takes advantage of the lower costs, faster set up and greater scalability that comes with modern Cloud technologies. In common with other Cloud HRIS, it is designed to cover a wide range of human resources management processes, from core HR administration and recruitment through to absence and performance management. Cloud HR solutions are also available that cover specific activities such as recruitment, learning management and payroll. These can often be integrated with the core HRIS.

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.

What is online HR Software?

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.

HR Software as a Service explained

What is SaaS HR and why does it matter?

In the past, business software had to be installed in house, either on the computer you were using, or on a networked server in your office. That meant investing in additional hardware to run the software, not to mention all of the ongoing maintenance required to keep it running.

With Software as a Service (SaaS), the software is installed elsewhere, usually in specialist hosting environments (the Cloud), and provided to you as a service across the internet. All you need is a device (PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone) with a modern web browser, and a connection to the internet.

How you benefit:

Reduced upfront costs

Rather than paying an upfront licence fee, SaaS applications are usually charged for on a subscription basis, so reflect your usage over time.

Quicker implementation

Your IT department won't need to install and manage all of the servers and software required, so you can be up and running and benefiting from your new solution more quickly.

Zero maintenance

With SaaS, your supplier takes care of all of the infrastructure, and manages updates for you, so you won't need to tie up your IT team.

Smoother updates

Suppliers will be able to update your system for you, seamlessly. You get all the benefits of being on the latest release, without any of the hassle.

Lower costs

With SaaS not only is development time saved, but infrastructure usage can be optimised. Savings the supplier should pass on to you.

Painless growth

As your company expands, or you make more use of the system, a well-designed SaaS application should automatically scale with you.

Better security

Well-designed SaaS systems are considerably more secure that on premise systems, or Excel spreadsheets. That’s partly because of the way they are developed, and partly because of the infrastructure that the hosting company provides. Read more about data security.

However, not every company that delivers their software online has invested in re-developing their systems to take advantage of the latest technology platforms.

So if you want to know how to spot if you are getting an HR system built on a modern foundation, or on one that’s simply added a new façade to an older architecture, read on.

Employee self-service

Five key features to look out for

Today, employee self-service is a must have for every organisation. Your digitally connected workforce expects it; the technology is available to securely and cost-effectively deliver it; and by enabling self-service, HR will improve key businesses processes and save themselves and their colleagues, a lot of time.

In fact, if HR are to liberate themselves from endless form filling, paper chasing and excel-based reporting, getting employee self-service right is critical. So what features do best HR software systems offer that help ensure self-service success?

Tablet and mobile compatibility

Mobile and tablet support is central to self-service success. Employees expect to access their HR data as easily at home or on the move, as they can at work. Perhaps to check their holiday entitlement and request time off from their mobile when planning their next break with family or friends; or to use their tablet to complete a time sheet or performance review on a Friday evening, without the distractions of the office.

However, as HR teams can discover too late, the technology behind mobile and tablet interfaces is significantly different from PCs or laptops. Older HR systems especialy may not support MACs, smart phones and tablets; others suffer from poor screen design, which makes them slow and difficult to use. It is important to dig beneath the marketing blurb and check that the HR software you are evaluating really works on different devices, and look for suppliers that make use of modern HTML5 and responsive design technologies. Some solutions also offer the option of HR apps specifically designed for mobiles, which can provide an easier-to-use interface simpler employee self-service activities, such as holiday requests.


Unlimited reconfigurability can lead to unlimited confusion. However, allowing employees and managers to take “ownership” of some aspects of your HR software will lead to faster engagement – and better use of your human resources solution.

This could be as easy as encouraging employees to upload their own profile picture or update their qualifications. More flexible HR systems, like Cezanne HR, may allow employees and managers to tailor their home screen to show the information that’s most important to them. For international organisations, language options are obviously important, as is the ability to select appropriate date and currency formatting.

HR Portals

Another key self-service feature is the HR portal, which allows employees to benefit from fast, easy access to a central repository of HR documents and information. Some human resources management systems, like Cezanne HR, come with their own, configurable HR portals, so everything can be managed through a single system. Cezanne HR's portal also includes news feeds and feedback forums, so can be used to stay up to date with company news, share information, or discuss issues with colleagues.

It is worth considering what you would use your HR and employee portals for, and whether you want different portals for different groups of employees. For example, an invitation only portal could be used as a private area where HR and line managers can share ideas on how to deal with tricky issues, or it could be you want different portals for different groups of employees – perhaps to reflect a multi-lingual, multi-country workforce.

Notifications and alerts

No HR system should be without notifications and alerts: reminders that are automatically sent out when activities need to be completed, or key date are approaching. For employees, simply clicking through from a link in an email, or a notification in the dashboard, to complete a task – such as confirming you’ve read a policy update, or completing a performance review or time sheet – is infinitely quicker and more convenient than paper-based forms and email attachments. For line managers, an automatic reminder when a new starter is joining, a probation period is about to end, or a mandatory training activity up for renewal, is much simpler to manage than keeping track of everything in Outlook, Google calendars, or spreadsheets.

Some systems, like Cezanne HR, send out daily updates that include useful information, like who’s off that day, or a summary of the latest information posted to the relevant HR portal(s). It’s an effective and efficient way of ensuring busy employees and managers can easily see important information.

Holiday bookings

There are few features more likely to guarantee self-service uptake as online holiday bookings. It’s an area of your human resources management system will touch everyone in your organisation and, if the system is easy to use, and data is updated in real time, it should meet with universal approval. Using Cezanne HR, employees can check their own entitlements and submit requests online in just a few seconds. Managers are automatically notified when a request is made, and can review team calendars to ensure they have appropriate resources in place, before approving – or rejecting – the request. Remaining entitlements and calendars are updated in real-time, forms don’t go missing and everyone benefits from a smoother process.

There are a host of other useful self-service features that the best HR systems include; from checking out company directories to acccessing pay slips online and from completing performance reviews to submitting time-sheets. For line managers, there is the appeal of instant access to up-to-date information about their teams. For HR professionals, the key to finding the best self-service HR software is to think about your human resources management system not as a HR administration database, but as a system for enhancing employee engagement and improving productivity for everyone.

Key questions to ask your HR software supplier

How to avoid the SaaS marketing trap

The popularity of online HR solutions means that almost every software supplier claims they offer a Software as a Service. However, simply developing a web interface for an application, so it can be hosted in the Cloud and delivered online, does not mean you can offer the same benefits as a system that’s been developed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest SaaS and Cloud technologies.

Fortunately, true SaaS solutions have a number of common characteristics, which should help you differentiate the Cloud pretenders from those that have invested in making their solutions truly Cloud native.

Five key questions to ask your HR supplier

Is your system multi-tenanted?

With this approach, all customers share the same core code base, but have their own instance. Think of it as renting an apartment. You have your own secure space, but share the common parts. If the landlord upgrades the lift, re-carpets the stairway or adds a roof terrace, all the tenants benefit. However, unlike a landlord, SaaS suppliers shouldn't hike your service charge just for enhancing a feature you already have!

The multi-tenanted approach allows software developer to keep costs down, and improvements up. With only one code based to maintain, all of their efforts can go on improving a single system, and optimising it for the specific secure environment in which it's deployed.

We've noticed that some folk aren't entirely open (or perhaps a little Cloudy) when it comes to explaining their product architecture. If they haven’t invested in making the move to a multi-tenanted product architecture, they may try to justify their approach by saying that multi-tenanted solutions aren't as secure, and don’t perform as well, as single-tenant alternatives. That's really not true, assuming you pick the right provider. Ask them to justify their response.

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Will you customise the system just for me?

The answer should be “no, but we can look at including the new feature you want in a future release, so everyone can benefit from it”. The key to the success of SaaS is that all customers share the same code, which means suppliers can manage all of their resources efficiently and you benefit from lower costs and more frequent product enhancements. The best SaaS systems incorporate a lot of flexibility for configuration, so you can set up the system to work the way you need it to. That doesn't mean the system functionality is fixed, on the contrary with true SaaS solutions, new enhancements are released on a regular basis, sometimes even monthly. If you've got a great idea, tell your supplier. If other customers want it too, it's likely to get added.

Can I opt out of updates?

If you can, that means that your supplier will be managing multiple copies of their software, rather than a single, easier to manage, and cost-optimised code base. It may feel like you are more in control if you take updates when it suits you, but in reality SaaS vendors go out of their way to minimise disruption, and let you ‘switch on’ new features as they become available. So, the choice becomes more about staying up to date, rather than being left behind.

How quickly can you give me access to my HR system?

Systems developed for a multi-tenanted approach are already up and running in the Cloud. It should take the supplier just a few minutes to set up your ‘instance’, and give you your login. Naturally, while you can log on, and start to explore the features of your new HR system, you'll still need to upload your data, and configure the system to work the way you want it to. Some companies, like Cezanne HR, provide a helping hand so that this can be accomplished pretty quickly too.

Can I install the HR software in-house, on my own servers?

If the answer is yes, it's unlikely that you are buying into a system that's been optimised for the Cloud. It’s just too difficult to develop and maintain systems that work as well on in-house servers as they do in Cloud-computing environments.

Too many vendors today are simply rebranding older deployment models as SaaS, on-demand or cloud. These solutions inevitable fail to live up to customer expectations for agility, standardisation and efficiency. Technology buyers should know what differentiates SaaS from other on-demand models cloud-washed with the SaaS term.

Five HR tech terms you might find handy

Quick guide to the latest in HR technologies

The way that HR software is delivered and used has changed out of all recognition in recent years. As managers and employees, we are both more connected and more mobile, and we expect the software we use to be the same.

We’ve covered how software is delivered using Cloud, SaaS and multi-tenanted technologies. Here are some other tech terms we think you’ll find useful.

Responsive design

Screens that may be easy to use on a PC are often frustratingly difficult to use on a tablet or mobile, unless they re-arrange themselves to fit the available space. That's where responsive design comes in. It's a way of designing software that automatically changes how it's displayed to fit the space available. For example, on a tablet, you might see forms or information displayed in three side-by-side sections, whereas on the phone, the sections would appear below each other.

Native mobile apps

If you are one of the millions with a smart phone, you’ve probably got a dozen or more apps installed already. Unlike the responsive approach, these applications run on your device, and are designed specifically for the operating system on your phone (for example, Android or iOS) so usually feel more 'native' and are easier to use. It's common to find vendors offering a mobile app for key self-service features, like holiday management, where a simpler screen is an advantage.

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Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

HTML is the software code that tells your web browser (Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome or Microsoft’s Edge, for example) how to display the information you see on the screen. HTML5 is the latest release and, unlike its predecessors, is supported by all of the major PC, laptop, tablet and mobile manufacturers (Apple included!). If you want to be sure your HR solution can be used successfully from any device, check your supplier has made the move to the latest version.

Application programming interfaces (API)

In the old days, if you wanted your HR system to exchange data with another system – perhaps your payroll provider – chances are someone would have to build a custom integration. Not only was that expensive, but it was often hard to maintain. Now, most SaaS companies publish an open API, which makes integrations considerably more straightforward and cost-effective. If you are looking for an HR system that can talk to other applications you use, perhaps a payroll or LMS solution, or single sign on, it’s worth finding out if this is an option you can use.

Elastic computing:

Think of it like an elasticated waist band. It’s an approach to calling on computer power that stretches – or shrinks – depending on what’s needed. If everyone logs on to do their performance reviews at exactly the same time, the system grabs hold of the extra capacity it needs to ensure the system performs exactly as it should. The big advantage for suppliers, is cost. They only pay when they need extra capacity, so you should end up paying less too.