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Meta4- Next Generation HCM Technology

Vendor Analysis

by Elizabeth Rennie

published on Apr 16, 2018

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Report Overview:

This NelsonHall assessment analyzes Meta4's offerings and capabilities in next generation HCM technology.

Who is this Report for:

NelsonHall’s HCM Technology Vendor Assessment for Meta4 is a comprehensive assessment of Meta4’s HCM platform offering and capabilities designed for:

  • Sourcing managers monitoring the capabilities of existing suppliers of HCM technology and identifying vendor suitability for HCM technology RFPs
  • Vendor marketing, sales, and business managers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers
  • Financial analysts and investors specializing in the HR Technology sector
  • HR and payroll decision makers.

Scope of this Report:

The report provides a comprehensive and objective analysis of Meta4’s Next Generation HCM Technology offering, capabilities, and market and financial strength, including:

  • Identification of the company’s strategy, emphasis, and new developments
  • Analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, and outlook
  • Revenue estimates
  • Analysis of the profile of the company’s customer base including the company’s targeting strategy and examples of current contracts
  • Analysis of the company’s offerings and key service components
  • Analysis of the company’s delivery organization including the location of delivery locations.

Key Findings & Highlights:

Meta4, founded in 1991, a privately held company headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a provider of HCM software and managed payroll services.

Meta4 originated primarily as a payroll software and services provider and introduced its PeopleNet HR platform in ~1999, which was offered initially as an on-premise solution. In 2008, Meta4 began providing its platform offering in the cloud, and in 2013, it shifted to providing Meta4 PeopleNet exclusively as a cloud offering and discontinued selling the on-premise solution.

Meta4's PeopleNet HCM solution and capability development to date have been entirely organic by Meta4 resources; it has chosen not to acquire its modules or functionality. 

Today, Meta4's PeopleNet HCM solution supports ~1.3k clients, ~18m employees, and is deployed across ~100 countries. 

Meta4's PeopleNet HCM is a cloud-based platform, built on a single database and code line, and delivered as a SaaS-based multitenant solution. While it does have and continues to support clients (~77%) on the on-premise version of Meta4 PeopleNet, it no longer offers the solution as an on-premise offering. Meta4 has developed an on-premise cloud connector so its clients can benefit from its cloud capability.

Meta4's offering is comprised of the following modules and features:

  • Core HR
  • Workforce management
  • Compensation
  • Talent management

Meta4 PeopleNet is offered as a modular solution which is also sold in bundles. However, core HR is required in most cases, and therefore modules are not offered as standalone. Below are the three-core module bundles currently offered by Meta4:

  • Full solution: includes all modules 
  • Core HR
  • Global talent: including talent management and core HR
  • Payroll
  • Workforce Management: including time and attendance, absence management

Meta4 PeopleNet is by default a global solution and currently supports employees in ~100 countries. The platform provides the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian and Polish. It includes an in-platform translation capability for clients to select and deploy custom languages based on their needs. 

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