Aragon Research: Zenefits has potential to disrupt the mid-market HR space

March 23, 2017


There’s no denying that Zenefits has experienced a lot of change over the past year. But one thing has remained consistent – our commitment to creating the best-in-class digital HR platform to help businesses thrive.

As such, we’re thrilled to share the latest analysis of Zenefits from the research and advisory firm, Aragon Research.

“The launch of a stronger Zenefits HR suite combined with a growing ecosystem of partners on its platform has the potential to disrupt the staid market for HR/HCM in the mid-market,” writes Aragon Research’s principal analyst, Jim Lundy.

The analysis notes that Zenefits’ platform enhancements come at a critical time for HR and business leaders, with hiring, employee engagement, and regulations at the forefront of employee strategy and management.

Read on for a summary of key analyses from the report, or get the full research report here.

Report Highlights

Zenefits HROne: Digital HR for the Mid-Market

“In addition to ease of use, its core strength is the interconnection between the various applications. With an employee system of record at the center, information and changes flow between the apps, eliminating the need for data entry across systems and helping to ensure accurate, up-to-date information everywhere.”

Automated Onboarding and Offboarding

“One thing we noticed about the Zenefits onboarding is that IT functions such as provisioning Google or Microsoft Office Suites can be fully automated. By leveraging the Zenefits HRIS as the employee system of record, apps such as Salesforce, eShares, and Expensify can be auto-provisioned, saving the SMB Executive extra manual steps and enabling a faster onboarding process overall.”

New Compliance Assistant App

“The Zenefits Compliance app currently tracks Federal requirements and will soon offer state and local requirements. While other providers offer reporting, the ability to offer proactive notifications can save business leaders and HR teams valuable time and help them manage changing requirements. It can also help to minimize audits from government agencies since HR teams can get out in front of compliance and regulatory filing deadlines.”

Documents App: HR Content Management and eSignature

“Zenefits’ Documents app is integrated into the platform and enables processes, such as onboarding and benefits administration, to be fully automated, to allow employees to have a great experience digitally signing their documents. The HR team can manage the process and the completed documents, via the built-in document management.”

Zenefits Marketplace Adds Third-Party Capabilities

“While a few major HR Providers (ADP, Cornerstone, IBM) advertise third-party marketplaces, Zenefits is one of the few SMB-focused providers to do so and is arguably one of the most integrated.The benefit of offering pre-built integrations is that it allows for data to flow between applications, making the enterprise more fully digital.”


“Zenefits mobile apps let users access benefits information, request time off, view paystubs, see real-time balances for commuter and health savings accounts, and easily find and contact coworkers through a directory. The proof is in the user experience and enterprises looking for a modern Digital HR Platform should benchmark the mobile experience.”

Read the full research report here.

The Bottom Line

The HR space has long dealt with manual processes that are irrelevant and inefficient in today’s world. There’s a need for a true all-in-one digital HR platform to help companies work smarter and make better people decisions – and Zenefits’ latest product updates can help fill the void.  


Raised by small business owners in Long Beach, California, Sarah loves creating meaningful content that truly helps people run their businesses successfully and efficiently. In addition to being a Content Marketing Manager at Zenefits, Sarah is a coffee addict, baked-good lover, and a LA Clippers fan.

Category: HR Tips & Trends, Zenefits

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