Buying Strategies

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Buying Strategies

Questions to Ask When Evaluating LMS Vendors

Many buyers feel that they aren't properly prepared when they meet with software salespeople. Having the right questions to ask can make a world of difference in revealing which LMS platform is right for you.

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How to Integrate Your HR Software Tools

Every buyer wants to have their HR software systems more integrated, but creating an integration between systems is never easy. In this article learn how to talk about integrations, when they are useful and how they can be built

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6 Benefits of an HRIS for Employees

Although an HRIS is the foundational system for businesses to manage and pay their employees, some companies are still hesitant to invest in the right system. These are the benefits companies can gain by investing in an HRIS.

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How to Select HR Software Like a Pro

Evaluating and selecting HR software can be a very high-pressure and time-consuming effort for businesses. HR software effects the entire employee population and is often a big investment. Selecting the right vendor and seeing a positive ROI is possible, as long as businesses take a very structured approach to the process.

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HRIS Buying Timeline

Buying a new HRIS is a large project for organizations. Before committing to the process, it can be helpful to have a clear idea of what steps are involved and how long the project should take.

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Best Practices for Buying an HRIS

There are simple skills and processes that can help buyers be more effective when purchasing HR software. However, those processes are rarely taught in HR programs or SHRM continuous learning lessons. Here's a quick guide:

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HRIS Requirements Builder

One of the first steps in buying a new HRIS is establishing your functional requirements. This process can be challenging for businesses that don't know what functionality to look for, however. OutSail now makes it easy with a self-service tool

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HR Software Trends to Watch As Economies Re-Open

Employment will be forever changed by these past 12 months, and there will be major advantages to the businesses who lean into the upsides and minimize the downsides of this new working world.

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How a Data-Centric Mindset Can Improve Your HR Software

Many buyers shop from the top-down. They look at user interfaces, buttons and features, hoping the things below the surface 'just work.' A more successful framework is to build upward from the database-level. Here's how:

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3 Ways to Rule Out HRIS Vendors Without Getting on a Demo

Selecting the right finalists for your HRIS evaluations can save businesses countless hours. But what is the best way to ensure you have the right finalists selected?

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5 Secret Ways to Vet HR Vendors

Sharing a few tips and tricks we've learned as we've spent an entire year getting to know the HR software landscape

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How OutSail Is Simplifying Software Buying

Since the vendor broker model is new to the HR space, we decided to share the five most important ways that having a vendor broker can save your HR team time and money.

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How Smart Teams Are Finding The Right Software

“Wait a second -- Did someone just have a brilliant idea?” What early adopters are saying about OutSail.

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8 Questions To Ask When Buying A New HCM?

Before buying a new HCM system, learn how to ask the right questions to ensure you end up with a product that is aligned with your goals

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5 Steps For Selecting The Best HRIS System

The buying process doesn't have to be overwhelming. These easy-to-borrow steps can help you be deliberate, thorough and efficient.

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How Long Does It Take To Buy And Implement A New HRIS System

Want to better understand how long it takes to buy and implement a new HRIS? Here is a quick look at the estimated timeline and necessary steps to migrate to a new system

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HR Tech Conference Recap: The Most Innovative Company Was A Background Check Company(?)... And Other Observations

Our observations of the HR Tech space after spending three days at the national HR Technology Conference

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All-in-one HRIS Systems vs Best-in-class HRIS Systems

When buying a new HRIS system it is important to decide if you want an all-in-one HRIS system or want a best-in-class HRIS system

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HR Tech Buying Trends for 2019

After assisting with over 150 HR software purchases in 2019, here are the key HR tech buying trends we learned from our clients

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What is an HRIS?

Not sure what an HRIS is? This article covers all the basics you need to know, including: when businesses invest in an HRIS, what functionality you can expect, and how to find the right one for your needs.

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Building Your HRIS Requirements

When buying a new HRIS, it is important to determine what features and functionality will be critical to the projects success. This article will speed up your requirements building process, by showing what functionality is available in the marketplace

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How To Negotiate An HRIS Agreement

Almost all HR software buyers avoid negotiating their agreements. This is a missed opportunity. Negotiations don't need to involve deception or deceit. Instead, here is an approach we recommend

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6 Ways A Subpar HRIS Is Ruining Your Employee Experience

The right HRIS can have a strong effect on your employee's day-to-day experience and can increase retention, engagement and productivity. The wrong HR systems can do the opposite. Here's how it might look if your HRIS system isn't working for your business:

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5 Challenges You Will Face When Buying A New HCM System

Buying a new HCM system requires a wide range of skills and knowledge. If you are starting an HCM buying process, here are some of the key challenges you'll face and the ways that OutSail can ease those challenges:

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The Software Buyer's Guide To Integrations

Integration is the biggest buzz word in software buying. And yet, most buyers have no idea what it means or how they work. This guide will help you understand integrations and make better buying decisions

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Making the Business Case for Your Next HRIS

How to make the business case for your new HRIS: Learn what your IT, Finance and C-Suite cares about, how to speak their language and how to anticipate their objections.

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How to Build a Bulletproof Business Case for Your New HRIS

Building a business case at the end of a long HRIS evaluation process can be a daunting task. This article will provide a guide for how to build a strong business case and how to make the process manageable

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