Lawson, Kenexa, Saba and Workscape Among 40 Vendors Announcing New Products at Next Week's HR Technology Conference® & Expo

9th Annual Conference and Expo 'Best and Largest of its Kind' Kicks Off October 4th in Chicago -

CHICAGO, Sept. 26 // -- The premier destination for HR decision- makers, Human Resource Executive® magazine's 9th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition will once again feature the largest number of new product announcements made at any similar event in the world. This year, 40 of the show's 215-plus exhibitors are planning significant product announcements about cutting-edge HR software and services.

The conference and exposition will be held at Navy Pier in Chicago from October 4 - 6, 2006, and a nine-year record number of executives have already registered to attend. Known for both the size and the quality of its conference program, exhibitors and attendees, this event has for years been the preferred platform for the launching of new technology products and ideas for HR.

The following product announcements are planned for the event:

Agistics (

Agistics Workforce Connectivity is a hosted solution that enables HR and IT departments to collaboratively manage, govern, and support the proliferation of mobile technologies, such as PDAs, cell phones and laptops in today's enterprise. It provides real-time dashboards, automated policies and governance, and a new employee self-service interface. Being piloted at the HR Technology Conference, Agistics Workforce Connectivity will be available in 2007.


AIRS will announce the AIRS Employee Referral Audit Program, a one-of-a- kind solution that allows forward-thinking organizations to benchmark their existing employee referral programs (ERPs) against the best practices of the Global 2000. Developed in partnership with Dr. John Sullivan, the AIRS ERP audit is a fast, affordable and effective tool for organizations to significantly increase the success of their ERP performance.

BrassRing (

BrassRing's Web-based Enterprise talent management solution has been enhanced to improve recruiter effectiveness and candidate engagement. Enhancements include a refreshed user interface, recruiter defaults, posting previews, simplified multi-language requisition workflow, BrassRing Smart Approval rule-based approval, and BrassRing Event Manager automated assessment and interview event management. Click-free candidate processing has been extended with configurable, automated communications, and users can maximize candidate engagement with extended e-mail marketing and employment branding.

Broadlook Technologies (

Broadlook Technologies will announce Job Pulse, a desktop software tool that simplifies searching and archiving job postings from more than 200,000 job boards and corporate Web sites. Job Pulse enables users to know which companies are hiring, for what positions, match them to current candidates, and easily sort and filter the results.

Cornerstone OnDemand (

Cornerstone OnDemand will announce its Extended Enterprise Solution, a robust system designed to allow companies to "extend" the reach of their training programs to important external clients, including customers and channel partners, as well as to maintain and enhance these relationships. The Cornerstone solution can easily be configured to provide a single learning management solution (LMS) that is scalable, cost-effective and globally available across multiple regions or business lines for both internal and external clients.

eContinuum (

eContinuum will announce the release of Overture 3.0, offering redesigned job simulations that provide realistic selling scenarios for assessing candidates for sales positions. Through a unique collaboration of expert selling criteria and the scientific application of I/O psychology, the job simulations measure a matrix of key selling competencies. Overture is an integrated system of job branding, pre-screening, job simulations and assessments that also includes expanded reporting and candidate measurement tools designed to make the selection of top sales candidates easier and quicker for hiring managers.


HCRSS, a JGI software company, will announce version 2.2 of SalaryXL, which allows companies to launch their salary planning process into a high- powered, Web-based, database-driven platform, while still leveraging existing investments in Microsoft Excel. In this release, the following new features have been added to SalaryXL: integrated online point-and-click organization tool, password protection of downloaded spreadsheets, additional column formats added to the many already supported, enhanced online sheet, and beta status of the MySQL version.

HotGigs (

HotGigs will announce Jobs2Web, a tool that drives candidate traffic directly to company job sites from major search engines such as Google and Yahoo!. Jobs2Web extracts and optimizes jobs from company career sites for best search engine placement, as well as submits them to major free job posting sites. (

This fall, will launch a comprehensive job board for HR professionals. Already one of the largest global online HR communities with more than 135,000 members,'s new career Web site plans to become the biggest of its kind, with thousands of the most up-to-date HR job postings from across North America.

HR Alloy (

HR Alloy will announce QMS 3.0, the latest version of its on-demand qualification management system for human resource professionals. This major upgrade extends the system's authoring platform and includes several entirely new modules: Project Manager, Competency Manager, Multi-rater Feedback reporting, and Coaching Manager. With this version, QMS becomes an integrated authoring platform for automating many previously separate and labor-intensive HR consulting practices.


HRSG will announce an upgrade to the performance management module of its i-SkillSuite software. New functionality includes the ability to customize performance management processes, set cascading corporate goals, create templates, attach weights to goals, set targets for specific goals, rate goals, and assign specific goals within a plan.

The Infohrm Group (

The Infohrm Group, a global provider of on-demand workforce analytics, will launch two new workforce analytic platforms: Infohrm Essentials and Infohrm Professional. The former provides an "out-of-the-box" starter kit for an organization beginning its analytics initiative, and the latter is a more comprehensive platform that provides a detailed view of an organization's entire human capital landscape across every HR function.

Kenexa (

Kenexa will announce enhancements to its performance management product, Kenexa CareerTracker, which includes modules for goal management, performance management, pay-for-performance, career development, and succession planning. New features include a dashboard to effectively manage organization alignment and analyze performance data, dynamic and flexible OrgCharts with modeling capability, sophisticated reporting with metric displays and charts, and a new user interface based on goal-oriented design for streamlined user interaction.

LaserBeam Software (

LaserBeam Software will announce the release of LaserComp 3.1, enterprise compensation management software for executive compensation, salary planning, incentive and stock options. Web-based tools support manager self-service as well as a large range of options for the HR/compensation specialist. LaserComp 3.1 is designed to support current processes, be simple to use and intuitive. Information about LaserBeam's early adopter program will be available at the company's booth.

Lawson Software (

Lawson Software plans to announce Lawson Performance Management for Healthcare. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product provides healthcare customers with a faster and simpler method for complying with reporting standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The Web-based system covers the entire performance management and reporting process for the healthcare vertical.

Lookout Services (

Lookout Services, a designated agent under the Department of Homeland Security Basic Pilot Program that pioneered automated Form I-9, will release a new platform to provide employers with computerized tools to qualify for the new "ICE IMAGE" certification. To meet the IMAGE requirement, this process will include automated I-9 audits and direct interfaces to the government databases that verify name and number matches for new hires.

MediaPro (

MediaPro's OPTI-MATCH enables organizations to implement, manage, and measure the effectiveness of coaching and mentoring initiatives. Using OPTI- MATCH, organizations can customize and manage multiple coaching and mentoring programs, and prioritize matching criteria to assure that organizational objectives are met. It can be fully or partially automated, allowing program managers to scale the matching process, customize matching criteria and optimize their coaching and mentoring.

MindSolve Technologies (

MindSolve will announce details of version 5.2 of its flagship talent management application, MindSolve Visual Performance (MVP). Included in this release are reusable graphical plug-ins for use in reports and dashboards to give users "at-a-glance" configurable presentations, side-by-side viewing of self assessment and multi-rater/360 feedback, an enterprise toolkit for XML data feed integration, new language packs for Polish, Turkish, Finnish and Greek, and an enhanced toolkit for translating additional languages incorporating client-specific wording and phrasing.

Monster (

Monster will announce the availability of the second version of its Monster Performance Assessment System, which offers employers a predictive assessment tool that measures candidates' competencies via scientifically validated, job-specific questions. Monster will also demo its Talent Management Suite, a set of fully integrated employment solutions targeted toward small businesses and mid-size enterprise companies, offering enhanced and integrated Career Site Hosting (CSH) and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) products as well as a number of post-hire employee retention and development tools.

Nakisa (

Nakisa will introduce a next-generation organization charting, succession planning and workforce modeling application for enterprises entitled Nakisa OrgManagement Series 2007. Setting standards for HR data visualization, this solution features a highly intuitive user interface and presents dynamic views of real-time workforce data from ERP systems. Enhanced Microsoft Office interoperability, advanced Directory e-mail and workforce search also improve usability.

NetDimensions (

The Enterprise Knowledge Platform (EKP) is NetDimensions' learning management system, and available in Bronze, Silver and Gold suites. NetDimensions will announce that EKP Bronze - the SME version of EKP - will now be available as a hosted solution as well as in a licensed solution. The company is also announcing a new appliance named EKP Server Plus, a stand- alone server that ships ready to deliver, manage and track an e-learning program using NetDimensions' LMS, the Enterprise Knowledge Platform.


PDS, developers of Web-based HR and payroll systems, will announce the integration of Burning Glass Technologies' artificial intelligence and predictive matching technologies as part of its Vista HRMS to provide resume parsing capabilities as well as to offer add-on resume search and match features. This new offering will enable PDS Vista clients to reduce the time and expense of processing inbound resumes and matching candidates with open positions.

PeopleAnswers (

PeopleAnswers Inc., provider of Web-based assessment technologies, is unveiling a new executive dashboard - a suite of technologies that provide business leaders with real-time, enterprise-wide analysis of the impact of their hiring on sales, profitability, staffing ROI, and a host of other key business performance measures. The new technologies build upon PeopleAnswers' Behavioral DNA capabilities, providing quantifiable, multi-tiered talent

analysis, from individual managers through departments, business units, geographies, and organization-wide reporting.

PeopleFilter Technology (

PeopleFilter Technology will preview its onboarding solution, a robust forms management tool that includes W-4's, I-9's, offer letters, application forms, and other features. The solution also includes a notification checklist of tasks and forms that typically need to be completed post-hire.

Plateau Systems (

Plateau Systems will introduce a new paradigm for purchasing, managing and deploying content. This one-stop shopping approach will expedite content delivery and management by simplifying the process of validating, cataloging and updating content. This offering promises to reduce administration and management overhead, enabling Plateau's customers to achieve substantial time and cost savings while ensuring faster content delivery to users.

Power Diversity (

Dan O'Connor and Power Diversity announce the release of a new communication CD set entitled "Communication - American Style!" scheduled for November distribution. Features include: key communication tactics, patterns and methods used by successful American business people; linguistic traps to avoid when dealing with Americans; verbal, vocal, and writing techniques; an emphasis on tactics; and concrete examples as opposed to theory.

PsyMax Solutions (

PsyMax will introduce four new employee assessments: PsyMax Hourly Assessment, designed to be a quick, inexpensive measure of organizational fit for associates in hourly positions such as cashiers, waiters, etc.; PsyMax Integrity Assessment, which aims to help employers minimize negative employee behaviors; PsyMax Customer Service Assessment, created to help employers identify the right people for service positions; and, PsyMax Sales Assessment, which helps identify individuals with sales ability.

QQuest Corporation (

QQuest will release its FMLA Administrator, a Web-based system to help employers administer and manage the Family Medical Leave Act. It uses a telephone-based system to capture time used for all certifications, eliminates FMLA time usage abuse, automates reports and recording processes, improves communication between employees and employers, and reduces FMLA administrative paperwork.

Saba (

Saba will unveil its Saba OnDemand learning, performance and talent management solutions for mid-sized businesses and enterprises. Saba OnDemand Enterprise provides the full functionality of Saba's on-premise solutions specifically adapted for subscription-based delivery. Saba OnDemand FastTrack, designed for mid-market organizations, features learning and performance management capabilities, as well as a comprehensive range of pre-configured templates with common competencies and content already included to streamline implementation and reduce time-to-benefit. ( will unveil its new TalentManager software suite, an on-demand talent management solution. Web-based, this fully integrated software suite enables HR professionals to seamlessly link employee pay to performance and manage human capital investments. It facilitates streamlined compensation planning and performance management, and incorporates new functionality, including international language support and role-based dashboards.

SHL Group (

SHL will announce its SHL Verify online ability test that protects against the risks of cheating and security breaches. With new advances in randomized test technology, enhanced data security, and a quick re-test to verify candidate ability, SHL Verify helps organizations get the information needed to identify the best people, faster.

SkillSurvey (

SkillSurvey's online job candidate reference checking solution, which customers cite as faster than phone-based checks, has been migrated to Microsoft's .NET platform to provide greater scalability, reliability and security.

Synamics (

Synamics Inc. will announce the release of MeetingMagNet 2.0. MeetingMagNet will now include advanced polling functionality; customizable and brandable user landing pages; and advanced, multi-format media playback capabilities in its 2.0 Release. MeetingMagNet 2.0 continues the tradition of incorporating universal deployability without requiring user downloads or specific applications, latency-preventing Forward Caching technology, and unrivaled cost-effectiveness.

Taleo (

Taleo will launch a new services offering, Talent Intelligence, to complement its reporting and analytics solution. Taleo's Talent Intelligence includes several packaged options such as a Metrics Analysis Workshop, Reporting Fit-Gap Analyses, services for technical implementation, and Dashboard and report development services. This a la carte services offering is designed to help customers realize immediate value from their Taleo Reporting and Analytics investment.

Time America (

Time America's TA7000 data collection terminals provide a user-friendly data collection point for employee information for more accurate and reliable data. Using innovative technology, these devices easily track time and labor data, as well as provide access control for a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, banking, hospitality, education, and healthcare.

Varian (

With fewer than half of the steps required by other oral fluid tests, OraLab's "no mess" design is simple and easy to administer. OraLab is used for pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident testing, as well as for court-mandated compliance. It simultaneously screens for six drugs and is also available in a three-drug test panel.

Vurv (

Vurv will announce Vurv Express Recruitment, an applicant tracking product designed exclusively for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), which supports the creation of requisitions from a job template library, requisition approval routing via e-mail, and enables HR professionals to view and to manage candidate, requisition, and employee information on-demand. Vurv Express Recruitment also allows users to leverage standardized competencies to populate job requirements, provide structured interview feedback and calculate quality of hire measurements.

WetFeet (

WetFeet Inc. will announce the release of WetFeet Recruiter 7.0. This new version of its applicant tracking system adds requisition workflow, sequential and parallel approval processing, Microsoft Outlook integration, and enhanced administrative tools and security controls to its existing custom career site, applicant tracking, candidate screening, interview scheduling, database searching, and reporting functionality.

WisdomNet Inc. (

WisdomNet is scheduled to make a major announcement at the show.

Workscape (

Workscape's new OneForce/Compensation Planner 6.1 provides even greater flexibility to support complex compensation plans with an expanded library of configurable business rules for base pay and short- and long-term incentives. It also adds improved performance and integration capabilities with fast reporting and extended configuration options.

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Source: LRP Publications

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