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APS Named Top HR Software in Midyear FrontRunners Report

FrontRunners Midyear Report 2021 Blog

APS has been recognized as a top HR software in the Midyear Software Advice Frontrunners report by Gartner. Learn more!

APS is excited to be featured on Software Advice’s 2021 Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners report. This report includes the nine top-rated products consistently featured in Software Advice’s FrontRunner reports for HR and related categories released over the first half of 2021.

We are featured on this list because we focus on creating a comprehensive, user-friendly solution for core HR and payroll tasks. Achievements like Software Advice FrontRunners prove our focus and determination to provide an optimal customer experience through intuitive technology.

So, what does APS’ placement on this report mean, and why does this ranking matter to you? In this article, we’ll discuss how Software Advice chose APS for inclusion in this report. We’ll also explain how achievements like this can help you select a human resources provider to be your partner in success.

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What Is The 2021 Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners Report?

This list of highly-rated HR software providers includes companies who are consistent top-performers across various HR software categories in FrontRunners reports. These reports use reviews from real software users for their rankings, so you know that the feedback accurately represents the services a company provides.
APS stood among the top-rated products with an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5. We appeared a total of five times within the following categories:

Check out our scores below:

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Why Are FrontRunners Reports Important?

Let’s face it - you usually figure out if you like something or not after buying it. This sentiment is especially true when it comes to buying and using technology.

The Software Advice Top HR Software FrontRunners report helps businesses choose the right human resources information system to automate core HR processes and tackle strategic initiatives.

Human resources professionals can use this report to narrow their HR platform search and focus on the top choices. The report outlines information about different HR system providers, including usability and customer satisfaction scores. Potential buyers can then see how HR vendors compare against each other and make a more informed decision.
The Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners report can help mid-sized and small businesses choose the best management platform for:

  • Employee data management
  • Hiring process automation
  • Performance management
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee and manager self service mobile app
Software Advice Frontrunners 2021

What Software Advice Has to Say About APS’ Score

“Software Advice uses reviews from real software users to highlight top-rated software products in FrontRunners reports. APS distinguished itself from over 1,000 products by placing in 5 distinct FrontRunners reports for multiple HR software categories in the first half of 2021.”

How Are the Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners Chosen?

A vendor earns a spot on the Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners report when it scores high on the Software Advice FrontRunners report. Reports include proprietary research that identifies top software vendors based on their recent user ratings and popularity released so far this year.

Eligibility Criteria

A vendor must meet specific criteria to be eligible for a FrontRunners report. These criteria include:

  • Must be featured in at least five qualifying categories
  • Have at least 20 unique product reviews published within 24 months of the start of the research process for a given report
  • Shows evidence of offering required functionality as demonstrated by product reviews submitted
  • Relevancy to software buyers across industries or sectors

Scoring Methodology

Software Advice uses data from verified software users to create their FrontRunners reports. Software Advice scores the provider to determine placement on the FrontRunners graph once a software product meets the criteria.

For products included, the Usability and Customer Satisfaction scores determine their positions on the FrontRunners graphic. Only products which score in the upper right-hand quadrant in their respective markets are included in the FrontRunners report.

To learn more about the Software Advice FrontRunners methodology, click here.

FrontRunners Quadrant Example

As FrontRunners is based on genuine user reviews, we want to thank our esteemed users who love our product. Here’s what users have said about APS’ payroll and HR technology:

“I love how user-friendly this software is! It was a fairly seamless transition from the previous provider and has been easy to use and a breath of fresh air. Processing payroll is a breeze and I am so happy we made the change.”

Amy

“I was impressed with APS being on top of getting an FFCRA dashboard set up so quickly during the pandemic. We were able to pay our employees correctly without delay.”

Kristine

“Simple and well organized for use. Lots of features, but not complexity. Customer service is the BEST … real people available to talk to you right away … and they know their stuff!”

Ken

How Software Advice Reports Can Help You Choose An HR Software Provider

Reports like Software Advice’s Midyear Top HR Software FrontRunners give HR managers the advantage of immediately narrowing their search based on their individual needs. Because Software Advice bases its report rankings on authentic user feedback, prospective customers can learn about user satisfaction ratings, specific product offerings, and more viewing FrontRunners lists.

These customer reviews give HR professionals a realistic understanding of what a potential human resource management system offers and can help narrow down the search from hundreds of companies to just a few. By learning about the customer experience from a current client, you can better understand what to expect from a provider when it comes time to make a purchase

How APS Prioritizes The User Experience

APS’ mission is to make payroll and HR easier for our customers. Since 2014, we have consistently ranked on Software Advice FrontRunners reports for our HR products and customer support services. We’ve also earned other Gartner awards for features like usability, customer satisfaction, and functionality.

Choosing APS means choosing a partner dedicated to your growth and success. Here’s how we value our customers:

Dedicated Support

Dedicated Support

Leverage the power of a four-person dedicated support team. Your support team is just a phone call, support request, or email away to answer any questions you may have.

Commitment to Success

Commitment to Success

Partner with a success coordinator who understands your business, challenges, and goals for a quicker return on your investment.

Training

Lifetime Training

Receive lifetime training from our team of experts to help you master the APS system at no additional cost to you.

With APS, you’ll gain a workforce partner committed to your business. To learn more about what APS can do for you, schedule a personalized demo today!

See What You Can Accomplish With APS

Hear why APS Payroll's award-winning technology and services have earned us a 98% customer retention rate.

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.elementor-drop-cap{float:left;text-align:center;line-height:1;font-size:50px}.elementor-widget-text-editor .elementor-drop-cap-letter{display:inline-block} Switching payroll providers mid-year can seem overwhelming whether you’ve gone through the process before or not. You may be concerned about making the right software decision or potential disruption to your current payroll processing. However, if your year-end processing was challenging, it might be time to consider a change.To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled some tips for a successful mid-year payroll conversion. Our goal is to help you choose the right system for your needs while mitigating the difficulties that can be associated with a payroll provider transition. What is a Payroll Conversion?A payroll conversion is the process of migrating from one payroll software system to another or outsourcing payroll workflows to a new payroll provider. Mid-year conversions typically start between April and July. The amount of time it takes to switch to a new payroll solution depends on:  The complexity of your payroll and taxes If you’re using any integrations with existing systems or having any developed If you’re planning to implement other solutions like HR or time and attendance Starting the conversion process mid-year ensures a smooth transition so you can process your first new payroll well before the year-end season.   Ready to Make Your Payroll Easier? Switching to a new payroll provider in the middle of the year is a great time to start! Learn how we can help make your payroll easier with a free personalized demo. Schedule a Demo When is the Best Time to Switch Payroll Providers?Many companies typically switch payroll providers at the beginning of the year to have a fresh start in a new system. However, you can make a change any time of the year if you’re unsatisfied with your current payroll vendor or process. Converting at specific times of the year provides a seamless payroll data transition. Mapping timeframes helps decrease the risk of lost information when transitioning data from one system to another. Tax specialists rely on historical payroll data when sending filings and payments to the IRS. Selecting timeframes makes record transfers and IRS uploads easier.One major factor contributing to a successful implementation is to ensure you are working with an experienced, knowledgeable payroll and HR provider. It’s essential to partner with a company that understands your unique challenges and is committed to your success. How to Switch Payroll Providers Mid-YearSwitching to a new payroll provider mid-year decreases the risk of missed or lost information during implementation. So let’s talk about more tips for successfully converting to a new payroll provider in the middle of the year. Making a change may be the best thing you accomplish this year. 1. Meet With Your Current Payroll Software CompanyWhile meeting with your current provider might sound like a no-brainer, many businesses don’t have a conversation with their existing software company before switching systems. There are a couple of reasons you’d want to meet with your current payroll software vendor before making a change: To review your existing contract and determine how much notice you need to give before canceling your agreement. To ask about your current software agreement so that you can budget for any additional fees associated with your departure. 2. Research Alternative Solutions Researching other payroll solutions empowers you to make an informed software decision. The more comprehensive you are in your vetting process, the easier it will be to choose the best software for you. Software rating sites like G2 and Capterra and resources like buyer’s guides can help.Software review platforms provide free vendor comparisons and lists of features and benefits of each solution. They also rank software based on authentic user feedback. This insight from verified customers lets you know what your peers think about using that solution, enabling you to make an informed decision. 3. Discuss Your Needs With Prospective Providers Once you have an idea of what solution you might be interested in, it’s time to schedule a demo and discuss your needs. We list some questions you can ask a new provider later in this article.When you meet with a new vendor, have a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves ready. Identify what items you need, and discuss which items are negotiable. Ultimately, this process will give you a better understanding of how a new vendor can help you achieve your payroll needs. 4. Ensure Your Payroll Data is Easily Accessible One final tip for switching payroll software providers is to ensure your payroll data is easily accessible. New vendors will need as much information as possible before getting your new system up and running. This data migration is most easily accomplished with access to your current payroll system.You need to gather your payroll data from your previous provider, limiting the time it takes to transition software systems and mitigating data errors. Ask your new provider for a payroll conversion checklist. Switching Payroll Companies ChecklistThis payroll transition checklist provides you with everything you need when changing payroll providers mid-year. GET YOUR FREE CHECKLIST  Questions to Ask When Switching Payroll CompaniesDuring your research and evaluation process, ask the following questions to determine if a new provider taking over payroll mid-year can accurately and adequately handle your conversion: What are the difficulties of switching payroll companies mid-year? Who will be involved in the conversion process? What is the process for communicating your unique needs to your implementation project manager for proper data setup? Will there be a dedicated project manager who provides a project plan with clear deadlines? Will the provider convert your data and import your payroll and employee history into their system? Will a payroll assessment be conducted to reconcile your data history? Will the new provider run parallel payrolls before the first live payroll submission to confirm data and tax settings are accurate? Does the provider offer integrations with other systems you use, like retirement plans and general ledger packages? Will the provider conduct live training using your company data? Will you have a dedicated customer support team that is easy to reach via phone or email? Will the provider assign you a dedicated success coordinator to help you get the most out of your investment? Does the provider have solutions specialists on staff to help with more complex questions and needs? Does the provider offer a help center with additional resources at your disposal? What Do I Need When Switching Payroll Companies?Knowing what payroll data you will need to give your new provider will ensure a smooth mid-year conversion process. Here are the critical pieces of information you’ll need to provide: Employee list with social security numbers and addresses, as well as direct deposit information for each employee Company bank account information and tax ID numbers (federal, state, and local) State unemployment rates for all states in which you report A list of employee deductions (e.g., health insurance, 401K) Copies of employee W-4s, garnishment orders, and current year Form 941 payroll filings (if available) Year-to-date payroll summary per employee, per quarter For a more straightforward migration process, you can collect a list of employee emails and issues with federal, state, and local agencies. Include copies of correspondence with government entities. Your current provider can assist in gathering the payroll information. Ask for a payroll migration checklist so it’s easier to keep track of data. Make a Change for the BetterSwitching payroll providers can be an overwhelming process, but you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to make a change. Mid-year can be an ideal time to convert to a new payroll service.Don’t continue to settle for an ineffective provider. Instead, make the switch now to payroll software that meets your company’s needs so that you can feel confident in your payroll processing. How APS Can Help With A Mid-Year TransitionWe understand the time and commitment it takes to switch payroll providers, so we work hard to ensure your transition is effortless and smooth. Because of our dedication to your success, we’ve earned awards for our Implementation process and above-average User-Adoption ratings.We follow a proven conversion process to ensure a smooth implementation experience: Tax-catch up and payroll history verification Payroll services that include year-end processing, tax filing, integrations, and more Guaranteed tax compliance reducing your compliance risk and financial burden Continued support and service from a dedicated account team committed to your success Advanced multi-level protocols so your data transfer is safe and secure Dedicated success coordinator who will help you achieve usability, adoption, and return on your investment

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