The lowdown on HR applications

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What are they? Human resources applications include traditional HR management systems, comprehensive enterprise resource planning systems and targeted apps for functions such as recruiting. A growing number are designed specifically for government use.

Why would I need one? The push toward integration, paperless processes and outsourcing makes enterprise HR systems imperative. Modules within the systems also let agencies perform increasingly important workforce analyses.

What's new? The hottest trend is toward time- and money-saving employee self-service options via Web front ends. Look for these functions in products, usually as optional modules outside the core HR package.

Must-know info? HR products will likely gain more self-service options and in-depth analysis tools. On the horizon are apps to help HR managers make decisions.

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