Halogen Releases Version 8.1 of the Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite



    New enterprise-class offering is flexible enough to meet the needs of all
    organizations regardless of size or industry

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Halogen Software Inc., the industry
recognized leader in providing Web-based employee performance and talent
management solutions, today announced the release of version 8.1 of the
Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite. This new offering
includes even greater enterprise-class functionality, raises the usability bar
and is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of organizations of all
sizes and in every industry. Everybody connected to the employee performance
and talent management process- including executives, human resources and
employees-experience the benefits of this solution.
    When considering an employee performance and talent management solution,
human resources departments are seeking enterprise-class functionality as well
as ease of implementation and day-to-day use. In moving to a Web-based system,
organizations require solutions that incorporate their existing processes,
meet their unique needs and provide the flexibility to grow with the
organization's evolving needs. With nearly 1,000 companies across all
industries already using its solution, only Halogen provides a single platform
that responds to the complexities of any organization.
    "With Halogen we don't have to 'move up' to another product edition and
pay the costs associated with that to simply add more sophisticated
functionality," said Rebecca Kuhn, Training Coordinator with PKF Texas, a beta
customer for the new suite. "The Halogen Employee Performance and Talent
Management Suite has proven to be extremely flexible when it comes to
incorporating our existing process and growing with us over time. Everything
we need is there and it can be configured without any vendor or IT
assistance."
    Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite version 8.1
includes numerous new features just a few of which are global usability
enhancements, an employee dashboard, expanded HR control centre and greater
workflow flexibility.

    For HR: Extremely Easy to Use and Implement

    With each new release, Halogen delivers extensively researched usability
improvements to ensure the solution continues to lead the industry in this
area. HR professionals are aware that usability is critical to the success of
the implementation as well as employee engagement in the process.
    Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite 8.1 includes
enhancements to the company's unique HR Control Centre, which enables HR to
control all aspects of its performance and talent management processes without
the need for IT or vendor involvement. New features enable HR to preset
multi-rater reviews to occur on behalf of managers- a time saving feature for
organizations such as professional services firms, where employees have
multiple managers.

    For Employees: Employee Dashboard

    With this new version of the suite, employees now have a graphical
dashboard to track how personal goals are progressing against the overall
corporate goals they are aligned with. This improved line-of-sight motivates
employees throughout the year, vastly improving employee engagement by linking
individual achievement to corporate success and keeping employees focused on
the delivery of organizational objectives.

    For Executives: Extended Workflow Flexibility

    To meet the needs of each organization's unique talent management
process, version 8.1 further streamlines workflow, enabling organization to
only include executives when required, saving valuable time. Many new features
make it simple to set rules around processes, such as enabling someone other
than a manager to sign off on an employee appraisal or having executives sign
off only on assessments with high or low scores.

    Other notable features:
    
    - Fully automate project evaluations enabling project leaders to provide
      instant feedback to team members that can be used for ongoing employee
      development as well as for input during annual performance reviews;
    - Make it easy and convenient for managers and employees to adjust goals
      on forms on the fly;
    - Allow managers to assign goals that are the same or similar for a group
      of employees instantly;
    - Enable organizations that need to prove they are achieving acceptable
      levels of performance for regulatory or accreditation purposes to
      display complex technical competencies in an easy to use format that
      captures and validates compliance; and
    - Enable primary managers to assign other managers access rights to
      employee records and performance journals, making evaluations more
      accurate and meaningful in situations where an employee holds multiple
      positions or reports to a number of managers.
    

    Pricing and Availability

    Version 8.1 of the Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management
Suite is shipping on September 10, 2007. Please contact Halogen for pricing
information.

    About Halogen Software

    With nearly 1000 customers worldwide, Halogen Software Inc. has
established itself as the leading provider of employee performance and talent
management solutions. Halogen offers powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable
Web-based software that dramatically improves HR and line-manager
productivity.
    The company's award winning suite provides organizations with everything
they need to develop and retain a high performance workforce: Halogen
eAppraisal(TM) helps drive bottom-line success by making it quick and simple
to deliver professional employee appraisals that align with organization
goals. Halogen eCompensation(TM) automates the entire compensation adjustment
process including budget distribution and approval. Halogen eSuccession(TM)
makes it simple and affordable to get a best practices succession planning
program underway - right away. And Halogen e360(TM) automates and simplifies
formal 360-degree feedback procedures and offers sophisticated performance
reporting.
    Industry specific suites are provided for Healthcare, Financial and
Professional Services. Halogen eAppraisal Healthcare(TM), exclusively endorsed
by the American Hospital Association, helps healthcare organizations produce
meaningful appraisals on time and allows them to always be in a "ready state"
for accreditation surveyors from JCAHO(R), OSHA, ACHA, and others. Halogen
eAppraisal for Financial Services(TM) enables financial services organizations
reduce the risk of non-compliance and ships with a comprehensive library of
industry specific competencies and authoring aids. Halogen eAppraisal for
Professional Services(TM) automates the entire employee review and engagement
evaluation process, this solution makes it possible for evaluators to easily
gather, compile and analyze employee and project data all with effortless,
point-and-click ease.
    Visit us online today: http://www.halogensoftware.com




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Donna Ronayne VP, Marketing &
Business Development, Halogen Software, (613) 270-1011 x 320,
dronayne@halogensoftware.com


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