HRIS and ERP: the alliance of two strategic tools

With the advent of digitalization, businesses today must adopt robust IT systems to streamline their processes. Frequently mentioned yet often confused, the Human Resources Information System and Enterprise Resource Planning are among these systems. 

You can combine these two software solutions, HRIS and ERP, and use them in harmony to enhance both strategic and operational efficiency within your company. Alternatively, you can leverage the advanced management capabilities offered by HR modules already integrated into modern ERPs. Explore their functions, characteristics, differences, and synergies to make a more informed choice for your HR management solution.

How do an HR module within an ERP, HRIS and ERP differ?


Also known as HCM (Human Capital Management) when focusing on strategic talent management, or HRMS (Human Resource Management System), the HRIS (Human Resource Information System) is specifically designed to meet the human resources management needs of a company. It ensures the centralization and optimization of HR processes such as recruitment, talent management, training, personnel administration, and payroll.

By centralizing all employee-related information, the HR system facilitates efficient and streamlined Human Resource management (activities, time management, scheduling, etc.). It provides an overview of employee performance and needs.


An Enterprise Resource Planning is an integrated solution that centralizes and automates core business processes within a company. It encompasses multiple functional modules such as finance, accounting, inventory management, production, and sometimes human resources.

The business management software aims to provide a comprehensive and unified view of your company's operations, thereby facilitating decision-making and coordination across various departments. This is precisely what enterprise management technologies like Odoo, Acumatica, and Cegid XRP Flex offer.


The HR Module within the Enterprise Resources Planning systems

The HR module is a specialized module within the ERP that primarily focuses on HR functions. While it is part of a broader integrated management system, it provides specific HR functionalities :

  • Centralization of employee data (work hours, completed training, sick leave and vacation taken...)
  • Recruitment process management (handling recruitment campaigns, automatic collection and sorting of applications, scheduling interviews, analysis of actions taken...)
  • Onboarding (improving the management of new employee arrival and integration, optimizing employee journeys within the company)
  • Personnel administration (storage of HR documents such as employment contracts, pay slips, and annual review reports)
  • Payroll management (centralizing payroll data and automating the creation of pay slips)
  • HR reporting (creating HR dashboards and automating the management of the ESEDB or Economic, Social, and Environmental Database)
  • Employee engagement initiatives and tracking (implementing programs to enhance employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention)
  • Managing the entire employee lifecycle from recruitment to retirement or departure

This ERP module enables the integration of HR systems with other business operations, providing a unified and coherent solution for HR professionals and the HR department to manage human resources effectively.


Why prefer using an HR module within an ERP system ?

Using an ERP optimizes the management of all your company's processes, and with an HR module, it enhances the management of human resources in particular :

  • Centralization of Data: An integrated HR module centralizes all employee information on a single platform, simplifying access to data and reducing input errors.
  • Improved Communication: Integrating HR processes with other departments via the ERP software enhances internal coordination and communication, facilitating smooth resource and process management.
  • Enhanced Decision-Making: Access to accurate and real-time HR data enables hr professionals to make informed decisions through dashboards and reporting tools included in the ERP module.
  • Process Automation: The ERP automates tasks such as payroll management, absence tracking, and recruitment, reducing administrative burden and minimizing errors.
  • Compliance and Security: An HR module integrated into an ERP ensures compliance with regulations and protects sensitive information with advanced security features.

However, if you are already using HRIS software, it is entirely possible to integrate it with an ERP system. This integration allows you to combine the specialized functionalities of HRIS with the power of the ERP. As a result, you benefit from unified management of human resource and other operations within your company, empowering the HR department. Additionally, the integration can also include third-party HR software from ISV (Independent Software Vendors) partners, such as talent management tools, online training solutions, or advanced payroll and performance tracking systems. These integrations enable you to leverage the best technologies available on the market for HR systems, as effectively as those offered by ERP systems like Odoo, Acumatica, or Cegid XRP Flex.


How is your ERP implementation or integration project going ?

Define your HR system needs

Before beginning the implementation or integration, it's essential to assess your company's needs regarding human resource management and overall operations. This includes identifying critical HR processes, necessary data, and your long-term objectives. This step enables you to determine the required functionalities for your human resource information systems and ensures that the implementation will meet your operational requirements.

Choose your HR system the HR module of your ERP or the HRIS connected to your ERP

Whether you opt to use an integrated HR module within your ERP or leverage both an Enterprise Resources Planning and a connected HRIS software, ensure the system meets your operational needs and is sufficiently flexible for customization, including performance management. Select robust integrated management software or compatible ERP and HRIS capable of effective communication. Consider features, ease of integration, flexibility, and technical support. To seamlessly integrate two management software solutions and facilitate data exchange between these systems, opt for solutions offering robust integration APIs.

Launch the implementation or integration phase

Implementing an Enterprise Resources Planning or integrating ERP and HRIS systems should be done methodically and strategically. Engaging an expert ERP integrator like Captivea ensures a successful implementation.

  • For companies without workforce management tools: If you haven't deployed an HRIS or any other HR software yet, Captivea can implement an Enterprise Resources Planning with a dedicated HR module capable of covering all your HR needs. Modern ERP HR modules, such as those offered by Odoo, provide a comprehensive range of functionalities from payroll and recruitment to training and personnel administration. Thorough testing will be conducted on the system before Go Live to ensure the smooth operation of your integrated management software.
  • For companies already using HRIS: Captivea can integrate your existing HRIS with your ERP. You can retain your HR system while enhancing and optimizing its performance with an enterprise resource planning solution. Testing phases will be scheduled to verify that the systems work well together before full deployment.

In conclusion

The alliance of an HRIS and ERP represents a powerful strategy for companies aiming to optimize their human resources management while integrating these processes with overall business operations. By combining the specialized functionalities of the HRIS with the integrated capabilities of the ERP systems, businesses can achieve a robust and cohesive solution. Commitment to seamless integration and selecting compatible systems will be crucial in maximizing the benefits of this strategic partnership.

However, for many companies, an ERP with a dedicated HR module can adequately cover all human resources needs, providing a robust and cohesive solution without the need for separate HRIS software. Captivea's role is to support you at every stage of your ERP implementation project.

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