Webpedia.com defines HRIS as a system used by human resources departments to track employees and information about them. An HRIS is often a database system or a series of inter-related databases. Webpedia.com defines an HRMS as a software application that combines many human resources functions, including benefits administration, payroll, recruiting and training, and performance analysis and review into one package. So according to these definitions, HRMS software is more comprehensive than HRIS software. We would love to accept this but, in reality, there are at least a dozen HRIS applications that contain all of the features listed in the HRMS application. So we view the two as one in the same. We know of one HRIS vendor who changed the name of their system to an HRMS. It’s important to note that they only changed the name not the functionality. They simply believed the perception was that HRMS systems were more comprehensive than HRIS applications.