| What's New in HR Technology? October 1999
The market is constantly inundated with new products. Often these products are based on different application of existing technologies, and occasionally some new technologies. The group below represents a large number of the former, and a few of the latter. The authors have relied on information provided by the vendors, and mention here does not imply any endorsement or recommendation, nor is it intended to cover all of the news releases and/or new or revised product offerings since the last column on this subject.
Ian Turnbull Al Doran
Computer Sciences Corporation Phenix Management International
HRMS Book - Together with fellow-author Glenn Rampton, regular CHRR contributors Al Doran and Ian Turnbull saw their first book entitled: "Human Resources Management Systems " sell out, so it's been reprinted by Carswell (ISBN: 0-459-56369-6). Both Ian and Al are Directors of IHRIM, and of CCHRA - The Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations.
IHRIM -- IHRIM, the International Association for Human Resource Information Management, is holding it's annual Fall Conference and Vendor Show at the Toronto Sheraton on November 17-19th. The largest show of its kind in Canada with over 70 booths, the theme of this year's Conference is:
Corridors of Change: Making the Move Beyond 2000. Look beyond the Y2K issue and temporary system freezes to ask yourself if your organization will have the tools it needs for competitive HR management in 2000 and beyond. Confirmed keynoters include: Elyse Allan, Metropolitan Board of Trade, Peter Urs Bender (Secrets of Power Marketing and Secrets of Leadership), and Walter Blonski of Motorola.
Contact: Renee Levine 416-494-1440
Integrated HR/Payroll & Finance - The newest in enterprise-resource programming is offered by BEST Software's Abra HR/Payroll software integrated with Macola Canada's Progression Series 7.5 financial software have partnered to provide an integrated solution exclusively in Canada. The addition of the Abra suite (HR, compensation, benefit, payroll, time & attendance, recruiting, training) fills a hole in Macola's ERP offering and provides a smooth flow from payroll to finance.
Contact: Tony Berardine 905-333-5552 800-490-3711
http://www.bestsoftware.on.ca, or http://www.macola.com.
Information Overload? - The Canadian National Research Council announces that the latest version of PC Docs/Fulcrum knowledge management solution has Clustifier, software that performs "result list clustering". Clustifier works by searching across an enterprise and categorize results into usable clusters along with the number of documents, key words, and the titles of the first several documents in each.
For a free demo go to: www.iit.nrc.ca/clustifier
Contact: Dr. Joel Martin 613-990-0113 email@example.com
HR On-Line - PeopleSoft recently delivered PeopleSoft e7.5, an enterprise-class eBusiness backbone that provides a basis for the PeopleSoft Business Network (PSBN). PSBN provides a web-based foundation through a roles-based portal for its entire suite of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions, including the ground-breaking HR product.
PeopleSoft also unveiled PeopleSoft 8 featuring an easy-to-use, ultra-thin HTML client designed to provide widespread access to the software.
Contact: Leslie MacGregor 416-227-3017 firstname.lastname@example.org
On-Line Appraisals - CompStar HR Solutions of Salt Lake City announces CompStar Appraiser Plus 360 SQL Server Web Edition. The SQL version allows on-line appraisals via the internet, as well as multi-rater for self, peer, group and supervisor reviews.
One interesting side benefit is an alert feature that alerts managers of potentially biased or illegal remarks.
Contact: 888-2667827 http://www.compstarhrsolutions.com
Assess Values & Job Satisfaction - Keepers Inc of Toronto uses programs called Leadership 360 and Career Values Explorer to help retain top talent. The former facilitates 360 degree feedback while the latter points out areas of dissatisfaction before they grow to cause turnover.
Contact: Monika Quinn 416-233-3149
HR Activity Centre - Softscape of Massachusetts announces their web-based Human Resources Central Activity Centre that incorporates the various components of their AchievementPlus performance management, 360 multisource feedback, personnel reporting, training & development, requisition management, and the two newest modules: compensation management, and succession planning.
Contact: Tom Campbell 800-881-2546
The web is today's tool for recruitment, and the large number of products listed below represent just some of the multitude of offerings. A Massachusetts technology market research firm estimates that 96% of all organizations will use the internet for staffing by 2001. Meanwhile, old standby technologies such as interactive voice response (IVR) show that they still have a place in an organization's tool bag.
Complete Applications On-Line -- One On One of Toronto have relaesed a new version of their Personnel Advantage Database which provides standardized forms on the web for applicants to complete in response to job postings. One On One also market skills assessment, training and contact management software.
Contact: Amir Bem 888-264-7236
Online Career Network - Monster Board Canada, a product of TMP Worldwide announces Monster.ca, a new online career network. Monster.ca also offers a free newsletter, enhanced resume building, privacy options and a targeted industry and career levels.
Contact: Joanne Caron-Musacchio 514-288-9004
Improve Staffing Process - IT Staffing announces AppTracker, recruiting tools accessed through common web browsers. It helps with collecting, screening, interviewing and hiring quickly and easily.
Contact: Bruce McIsaac 416-364-8800 email@example.com
Interactive Charting - Entraspan of San Diego has completely revamped it's Interactive OrgChart 2.1. Variable security, the ability to display photographs, full-colour charting, the software can be stand-alone or accessed through common web-browsers.
Contact: Kim Priebe 619-542-1700 X228 firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Management - A subsidiary of Agresso Group in Norway, Agresso Corporation of Vancouver announces InTuition, a fully integrated education management system including student information, faculty management, financials, HR, payroll and reporting aimed at the higher education market. Using modules separately or in an integrated fashion, institutions can benefit from simplified processes, reduced fees, user-defined change and enhanced services.
Contact: Ruby Bleiker 604-232-3708 email@example.com
Time & Attendance, Leave Management, Scheduling
Integrate Timesheets/Expenses - Journyx announces the release of FREETIMESHEET, an integrated timesheet and expense report solutions portal. Workgroups and small firms of five users or less can use the intuitive web browser for free to complete and approve forms, and includes workflow features. Larger groups pay a fee per user.
JournyxTIME is another product which incorporates IBM's WebSphere and DB2 databases. JournyxTIME allows users to customize time entry screens, and to track time against projects.
Journyx, headquartered in Austin, TX holds an estimated 68% market share in web-based time, project and expense tracking.
Contact: Meredith Zachritz 512-834-8888 firstname.lastname@example.org
New line of Data Capture Terminals - Accu-Time Systems of Conneticut is introducing a new line of data collection terminals. When linked with Intelli-trak software, the devices are designed to capture and process data such as process, job costing, labour tracking, time & attendance, payroll and machine/productivity. Contact: email@example.com 800-355-4648 Windows & Web Interface - HMS Software of Pointe-Claire, Quebec recently announced TimeControl 3.1, a project-oriented timesheet system for enterprise-wide use. The capability to provide task-by-task analysis allows for activity-based costing and the tracking of actuals against budget. Expense account items can be attached to time reports and there is an enhanced link to MS Project.
Contact: Storm Vandersluis 514-695-8122 firstname.lastname@example.org
Link Time to PeopleSoft - Simplex Time Recorder announces WinSTAR LiquidLINK, a product that automatically synchronizes the WinSTAR Time & Attendance System with PeopleSoft. The interfaces also allow all other Simplex data collection technology such as badge readers, biometric hand readers, and telephony to feed data into PeopleSoft.
Also added to WinSTAR T&A is a new benefits accruals function which eliminates the need to manually calculate accrued hours.
Contact: Chris Woodcock 800-746-7539 email@example.com
Free Trial Access to Job Market Pricing - AlignMarkInformation Publishing, a Thomson Corporation, will offer a free trial access to The Hay Group's Paynet which provides market-price compensation information on over 35 I/T benchmark positions.
For a visit go to: http://www.hresource.com or http://www.hritwire.com. PayNet is at: http://www.haypaynet.com
Contact: Brian Meeley, AlignMark 703-706-0208 or Gail Rentsch, Hay
Total Outsourcing - ADP has just launched a new customer centric service initiative: ADP Flexsourcing. It provides an exact tailored HR, benefits and payroll solution via the internet. ADP has been involved in outsourcing for 50 years and believes that the seven years of research which have gone into this product will make it a market leader.
Contact: Jenny Griffin 512-347-2338 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Admin & Communications Combined - BEST Online and Opti-Source have created a new company: Simpata. Simpata, headquartered in California, combines BEST's benefit enrollment and eligibility with Opti-source's web-based HR & benefits communication system into an internet-based employee administration solution for small to medium sized firms.
Contact: Chuck Moxley 510-795-0108 email@example.com
Insurance Industry Ben Solution - InSystems Technologies of Markham, ON announce an Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) to provide e*service HR/Benefits solution for Group Life and Health Insurance carriers. The portal will allow carriers to provide customized web sites for each small to medium sized employer.
Contact: Sue Bartels @ 905-513-1400 firstname.lastname@example.org
-Al Doran, CHRP
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Computer Sciences Corporation
Al Doran, CHRP
Phenix Management Int'l
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