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In today’s global market, it is vital for companies to hold on to their most vital asset, which is the human resource, if they are to remain relevant in spite of the aggressive competition all around them.

This is because the success chart for any company not only depends on factors such as technology, strategies, and products, but also on its labor force to a large extent.

This makes it crucial for employers to handle and manage their human resource department in an effective manner if they are to retain them and get the best out of them.

By using modern, high-quality software technologies, companies can easily achieve effective human resource management, which will in turn lead to maximum workforce output.

Human resource software has largely grown and developed since the desktop computer was first put to use in the 1980’s and today, there are numerous applications available, some are free and while some not.

For those that are sold at a price, you might want to Google the internet for discounts.

The following is a list of some of the top five open source apps available for human resources…

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More than 10,000 companies
More than 10,000 companies have subscribed for’s free recruitment system. Big companies, small companies, complex companies, international companies, in all shapes and sizes.

Surprisingly easy
Tools are not supposed to make the process more difficult. Nothing is more frustrating than when you hit a button and the system doesn’t do what you expected it to do.

Free recruitment tool
Free? That’s right! is the free recruitment system for the corporate recruiters. Designed together with recruiters who were looking for a recruitment system that actually works.

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The fully managed, cloud hosted HR database
Great for small businesses
Easy to use.
No long-term commitments.
No hardware to setup or manage.

Great for larger organisations and those with multiple sites
Accessible from anywhere.
International name formats and scripts.
Secure, resilient and highly available.
Retain historical employment records.
No vendor lock-in.

The LATRIX is an HR support web application. It provides presence and attendance recording, attendance tracking, paperless leave applications (with freely definable leave types), block periods, a fire register and extensive reporting options.

Time & Attendance
Track employee time, easily, accurately and from anywhere.

Scheduling & Leave Management
Schedule employees and track available vacation / sick time accruals.

Payroll & HRM / Recruitment
Handle employee skills / qualifications and process payroll with just a few clicks.

Job Costing & Expenses
Allocate time to jobs / tasks and track employee expenses while in the field.

System Administration & User Roles
The System Administration module is packed with tools to create data sets, extract reports and create a well-functioning and organized HR environment.

Personnel Information Management (PIM)
The PIM is a complete and secure HR Database with advanced reporting capabilities. You can generate reports with ease using a variety of filters and selection criteria.

Leave / Time off Management
This highly flexible module is capable of supporting local and global leave policies and rules to monitor and manage employee time off. Staff can book time off and track them while they go through an automated approval workflow.

Time & Attendance Management
Capture and review attendance and timesheet data to increase efficiency and productivity. You can also connect your biometric devices via an API with this flexible attendance management module.

Recruitment & On-Boarding
A state-of-the-art recruitment module, with applicant tracking, an interview assistant, personality insights and predictive analytics to hire the right candidate and integrates with our on-boarding module for a smooth welcome.

Performance & Training
The Performance module of OrangeHRM Professional simplifies and speeds your performance review process. Create self-scaling job evaluations based on specific key performance indicators. The training module will align your employees performance with the required training efforts in this easy-to-use HR module.

Travel & Expense Tracker
This add-on module can be used to manage budget approvals from projects, travel or events. The module also features the capability to track and process reimbursement requests.

Employment Compliance
OrangeHRM’s Compliance Solution is an efficient way to help manage completion and storage of the forms an employment compliance authority requires for new hires in your country. The solution transforms manual procedures into an automated online process with electronic forms and documents with easy access and secured storage.

Insurance Benefits
The Insurance-Benefits module allows organizations to create a custom online open enrollment application that offers employees plan and provider descriptions, access to provider websites, and plan pricing.

Document Manager
This module integrates seamlessly with other module in OrangeHRM to help you generate documents such as employee contracts, service letters, and warning notices etc.

Disciplinary Tracking
It is important to document all steps associated with handling discipline with staff. Now with OrangeHRM you can track and maintain all cases and actions with ease.

The OrangeApp makes your HR environment as adaptable as you are. Enjoy the flexibility to monitor and manage HR services on Android or iPhone device when you are away from the office.

Editor’s Note: Examine All Your Options

Human resource software has largely grown and developed over time and today, and as seen from the selections above, there are various kinds available, some free and some not.

The selection process should be taken diligently and slowly — last thing you want to do is getting everything up and running only to discover the operational costs and needs are also absorbing your budget or profits right out the door.

We consider some more options in our later post Open Source HR Software? or Closed Source? Which Shall It Be? where we provide more food for thought, advice, as well as a starting point for your needs assessment and selection process.

If you have already opted out of pursuing an Open Source System or want to discover what options are available to you through Closed Source Systems, then by all means go for a free consultation.

To get you started, you can contact Lauren Gander at our preferred solutions vendor HR Software Solutions where she will assist you in discovering more of what you need to know.


What Are Your Thoughts??

Besides this list from Joy, what other recommendations can you provide?

We will probably revisit this within the coming year, whatelse would you like to see reviewed?

Appirio and KnowledgeFusion have stated that between now and 2016, perhaps 2018, 85% of HRIS systems will move to the cloud — what are your concerns about cloud computing?

Please share your thoughts with our audience in the comments section below!

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