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22
Jul

OHRMCon: Lee Congdon on the Changing Role of IT Organizations

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 1 Comment

In October, OrangeHRM invites you to OHRMCon in New York City. At the conference, you’ll have access to the voices, vision, and best practices that are carrying HR tech into the future. Recently, plenary speaker Lee Congdon shared some insights on the accelerating transition from an industrial to information society and how that is impacting business technology today.

As Chief Information Officer of Red Hat, Mr. Congdon is the innovative mind behind the company’s global information systems. With a career that began as an IT manager and developer, Mr. Congdon understands the costs of legacy systems—in both IT and business units.

Arguably, the race toward a knowledge-based society stirred with the Space Age. Technological developments, miniaturization, and an ever-increasing need for speed in both information transfer—and staying ahead of the learning curve—have not slowed since.

Staying relevant during rapid transition

In discussing the digital transition, Mr. Congdon highlighted the challenges pressing the redefinition of relationships between IT departments and their business partners. To deliver products, build profit, and stay relevant, enterprises must consider:

  • Re-framing IT and business partner interaction: The legacy style of defined boundaries between IT and business units is history. Instead of distinct departments competing on costs, jointly developed solutions between the technical and business sides serve the entire enterprise in its goal of marketplace relevance.
  • IT skills development: By better understanding the language of its business partners, IT units can better serve the larger goals of the enterprise. Notes Mr. Congdon on the changing role of IT, “…instead of just working with their business partner to select an Agile Portfolio, implement it over time, assist in the change management and so on, IT organizations now must bring offers to the table to either reduce costs, or more importantly, to increase revenue. They also must implement offers independently but with a level of success equal or greater to that in the past.”
  • Changing services: Developments such as SaaS and mobile apps offer important efficiencies and services to business—and opportunities to utilize IT operations in different ways. Mr. Congdon describes this transition, Mature IT organizations have solid partnerships with their business and they are able to understand the context of their work. In the future, it is going to be even more important for IT organizations to assume a greater business leadership role while at the same time ceding technology leadership to other parts of the organization. Because, in many cases, not only can the business do it themselves – it’s possible they are already doing it themselves.

Toward a more collaborative future

We talked earlier about the importance of an engaged business ecosystem. Open organizations such as Red Hat are a flat, opt-in environment ripe for innovation and engagement at all levels. Next post, we’ll share comments from Mr. Congdon on his view of open organizations.

Hear and meet Mr. Congdon, David Axmark, Dr. Richard Johnson, and other leaders in the tech field at OHRMCon in New York City on October 1-2, 2015. Register today!


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7
Jul

Dynamic Planet: HR Mobile Apps

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley No Comments

As the world goes mobile, HR functions are poised to go with it.

In the United States, searches on mobile devices outnumber those from laptops and PC’s. According to a 2014 study on the use of mobile HR apps, 37 percent of registered mobile users access pay information on their devices. While frequently browsing their devices, usage data indicates employees do not stay long on an HR app—taking only long enough to obtain the needed information before logging off.

Expanding HR functions and functionality into mobile space means apps that aim at targets such as the following:

Organizational coherence: Checking in while away from the office is a prime attraction and critical need for workers who do not have regular access to a computer during their workday. In addition to benefits, pay, and holiday functions, new mobile HR apps connect working peers for problem solving, teamwork, and organizational communication. HR and other apps can become a prime tool for real time exchange, shifting decision dynamics among employees and managers in an interesting way.

Engagement: Employee engagement is critical to productivity and talent retention. While mobile apps will probably not replace periodic employee satisfaction surveys, they can be used as a partner strategy. Mobile HR apps take the pulse of workforce sectors, speed the deployment of information or training, and keep engagement levels high through frequent touch communication within an office, or a global enterprise.

Compliance: Well-designed HR solutions reduce errors while saving both budget and human time. Compliance errors in record keeping, licensing, and training are costly. Mobile apps extend the function of your modular HR environment and enable you to log and track employee information.

Fluid HR management: Migration of HR function from the desktop to a mobile environment gives HR managers an untethered ability to recruit, manage, and communicate with onsite and remote employees and achieve business goals. Enhanced recruiting capabilities on mobile apps enable managers to access relevant job boards worldwide and use personality metrics to make side-by-side, on-the-fly comparisons between candidates and current employees. Location awareness could be used to develop alerts, or other capabilities, for traveling or local employers.

As individuals embrace mobile HR tech, they look for ease of use and convenience. Take advantage of this dynamic shift to increase HR efficiency, accuracy, and employee engagement.

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3
Jul

Four Highlights of Open Source 3.3.1

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 3 Comments

Open Source by OrangeHRM is a leading, full-featured HR environment—and it is free. Open Source Version 3.3.1 is the second Open Source release this year and it has some great features to align and improve your HR service, including mobile compatibility.

Open Source already comes with a host of features and functions to serve the HR needs of small business or large enterprise. Some of those include:

  • Easy system administration
  • Efficient management of personnel information
  • Resourceful handling of leave, time off, timesheets, and attendance records
  • Recruitment cycle support
  • Full performance management including self and supervisor reviews

With the latest Open Source release, look for great new capabilities that include:

Open ID & Google + Authentication:  Open ID & G+ authentication increases the ease, and security, of logging into OrangeHRM Open Source.  This feature allows users to sign-in with two-step verification instead of requiring users to set—and forget—additional passwords.  This provides a seamless login experienc.

Future API development:  This release enables web services that communicate with the mobile app also introduced with this version.  The release also lays a foundation for an upcoming OrangeHRM application program interface (API).

Corporate directory plug-in: With this release, Open Source gains a valuable plug-in already part of the OrangeHRM Professional and Enterprise versions.  The corporate directory gives personnel the capability to look up, and locate, employees and administrative staff, throughout their business or organization.

Mobile app:  Available on Android and iOS platforms, this release features the OrangeApp.  In many countries, more than half of all searches are conducted via mobile device.  The new OrangeApp lets you view and conduct important HR functions when you are away from your office.  Use the app to request leave, view timesheets, and manage personal profiles.  OrangeHRM puts the power of HR mobility at your service.

Explore these new Open Source features and more at OHRMCon in New York City this October.  This unique conference focuses on service and trends in the Open community and offers you a workshop opportunity to optimize your OrangeHRM system.

In addition to rich learning and networking opportunities, conference attendees receive OrangeBuzz, an intra-office social media tool, and the new OrangeApp—for free.  Register for OHRMCon today.

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15
May

October 2015: OHRM Con in New York!

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 1 Comment

In October 2015, OrangeHRM brings OHRM Con to New York City. At the world’s first open source human resources software conference, you can network, learn, and share ideas with thought leaders and colleagues in the open source HR community.

Located in the cultural crossroads of the Big Apple, OHRM Con takes place on October 1-2, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel just a block from New York’s Time Square.

Industry experts and key influencers make up plenary and session speakers for OHRM Con. Select presenters include:

  • · David Axmark: Co-founder of MySQL and advisor to MariaDB, Mr. Axmark is an open source and dual licensing specialist.
  • · Lee Congdon: Chief Information Officer at Red Hat, Mr. Congdon is an IT visionary with more than 25 years of experience in solutions delivery, knowledge management, and process improvement.
  • · Dr. Richard Johnson: As Department Chair at the University of Albany, Dr. Johnson pursues a research focus on Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), e-learning, and the sociological impacts of technology on culture.

Five Great Reasons to Make OHRM Con Your HR Tech Conference This Year

OHRM Con offers the right balance of expertise and education against the backdrop of an exciting world-class cityscape. Here are five great reasons to attend OHRM Con this year:

  1. This state-of-the-industry conference explores the developing edge of open source, and its place in the HR field. Talk to experts and hear how to best support your HR space
  2. Workshop, plenary speech, and panel forums give you ample opportunity to network with other professionals and learn tech and process solutions.
  3. Take advantage of training opportunities with OrangeHRM to optimize your system use and improve your ROI. Launching at OHRM Con, the new OrangeHRM Applicant Tracking Module is free to conference attendees.
  4. Learn best practices you can apply to your own HR setting in a dynamic but collegial conference setting.
  5. Take time to enjoy the New York Film Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Literary and Arts Festival in New York City.

Be part of the first open source HR conference. Register by July 31, 2015 for savings on the workshop and conference fee. New York City and OHRM Con—the place to be in October 2015!

Attendee Prospectus

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16
Apr

The Importance of an HRMS to Any Company

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Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) is an important tool for any company, whatever its size.

Think, first, what you company needs to do just to keep its head above water:

Management everywhere needs to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with its workforces, so that a dialogue which helps sustain company culture is created, maintained and exchanged;

Remuneration needs to be paid on time and accurately;

Time and labor needs to be managed correctly, so that maximum advantage can be obtained from the resources available;

Company benefits need to be administered productively, so that workforces not only see an added value in sticking by their current employer but are also prepared to actively advocate to others the potential advantages of working for the company in question;

Finally, employee skills matrices need to be set up and tracked in order to better predict and understand future training and employment requirements;

A lot of balls to be juggling simultaneously?

Yes, if you do it the hard way. In fact, some companies seem addicted to old ways of doing things. Helping an addict isn’t always easy – especially when they don’t want to be helped.

However, whilst a good company with good people used to be able to get by with many a manual procedure, these days it’s hardly going to be enough. The competitive edge modern business demands means every procedure and process needs to get it right first time – and for far less than it cost in the past. This competitive edge can only be achieved through software systems whose intelligent implementation leads not only to greater automation and the benefits this brings but also to a digitalization of the intellectual property which constitutes a traditional HR department.

“Start as you mean to go on”

This is why a properly and wisely implemented HRMS is just as important for a company in its infancy as it is for a transnational corporation with tens of thousands of people. An HRMS implemented early on in the business cycle means the company is primed and ready for the challenges of growth from the very beginning.

Let’s imagine, however, for a second, the alternative to the above approach. Just contemplate the trauma you might encounter when, after several years of early and head-turning growth, you suddenly discover that profits seem to be taking a tumble. No one seems able to work out the reason, so – as an idea which comes out of one of a series of exploratory board meetings – you decide to carry out a company-wide opinion survey to see if some common thoughts can’t be extracted.

The survey has to be outsourced, of course – you simply don’t have the resources to carry out the task yourselves in what has clearly become (at least as per their initial reaction) an overstretched HR department.

The survey takes place over a four-week period. Personnel are all informed the results will be entirely anonymous, and that the results will be promptly communicated to all interested parties.

Unfortunately, the message that seems to get through is that anonymity will be anything but guaranteed. The survey is a disaster – everyone responds how happy they are with everything, and no one is prepared to suggest that anything at all is amiss in any way.

To cut a long story short, it would appear that in HR the message you want to get out to your employees is changing as it goes down the line.

Crunch time

One weekend, you decide to have a face-to-face with all the HR department. You invite them to a neutral conference facility and make it plain no one will be leaving until the truth is revealed and uncovered. Little by little, as people see there is no alternative, everything that has gone wrong in the past year becomes patent:

Communication is unclear – no one knows how much the workforce need to know or when;

Too many wage slips have had to be recalculated recently as new legislation on pension contributions has turned the system upside down – this has led to innumerable calls from colleagues wanting confirmation of when and how the situation will be resolved;

People in different departments are doing the same task but for different pay; they even take different periods of time to carry out the activity. This is causing friction as staff begin to believe that favoritism has begun to play a big part in how the company is managed;

As share prices have become volatile, trust in the company benefits scheme has shrunk. Many people wonder whether it is sensible to participate in such schemes, especially as they see that bonus arrangements appear to reward one’s place in the hierarchy and not one’s results;

Employees have bombarded the HR helpline asking why promised training paths have not been put in place, or why courses which did exist have now been pulled indefinitely from the matrix;

In short, an overstretched HR department is in the process of undermining all the goodwill which less than five years of astonishing growth had helped to generate.

The solution

So what’s the solution? What can you do to dig yourself out of the hole you’ve ended up in?

Anticipate the next five years of predicted growth by digitalizing, now, the whole HR department and its procedures and processes;

Give them the HRMS tool they require to get on top of the day-to-day chores – implement it intelligently by taking your time, in order to get it right first time;

By doing the above, you will release overstretched staff from the drudge of mainly manual procedures, so that they can do all the other value-adding activities which involve face-to-face and telephone support for people who will surely be in need of real people;

For good change is as challenging as bad change.

Just make sure the change you put up in front of your people is the good kind and not the bad.

Imogen Reed

England

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23
Dec

The Blazing Trail of OrangeHRM Live

The more your business matures and flourishes the more challenges it is going to face. People management is by far one of the earliest challenges you will face.
In order to keep up with the demands of this growing and evolving workforce, your company’s Human Resource executives need to be equipped with useful and efficient tools to assist in streamlining the constant flow of information and help them do their jobs. Even the best administrators can only do so much; and when a business needs to surpass the HR management’s ability to fulfill them, the company will find itself operating inefficiently and below its potential. OrangeHRM was designed as a solution to this disparity: Human Resource Information Software, or OrangeHRM Live, a system which amplifies the capabilities of your executives by automating many of their basic tasks and thus allowing them to focus on more specialized work.

Looking Back at OrangeHRM Live

OrangeHRM Live, the Software as a service (SaaS) version of the world famous Open-Source (Free) HR Software,” OrangeHRM” has simplified many HR functions with it’s cost effective pay as you go model, which was launched in July 2010.
OrangeHRM Live deals with a business’s most valuable asset, the employees. HR’s ability to make crucial decisions that relies on the availability and accuracy of the relevant employee data.
OrangeHRM Live fuels a vast database that is well-organized and easily accessible to all who needs it. Information is secure and readily available the moment it is needed. All-in-all, OrangeHRM Live cuts out the need for delay and uncertainty, and assists executives in making swift and confident company decisions.
After the launch of OrangeHRM Live there have been over 700 instances deployed, and in this situation numbers can speak for it’s self.

Enhancements in OrangeHRM Live

OrangeHRM Live was launched with a flare, the system contains a set of modules and features that any HR Manager would like to have.
OrangeHRM Live includes;

  • Administration
  • Personal Information Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Leave Management
  • Time and Attendance Management
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment Management

Since the launch, OrangeHRM Live has been enriched with many new modules and features;
OrangeHRM Live has become one of the most sought after SaaS or HR Software’s in the SME sector. A significant advantage of using OrangeHRM over all other HR software’s would be the fact that new features added to the system are available for use at no extra cost. The OrangeHRM development team is constantly developing new tools which will plugged into live when they are ready.

The Future of OrangeHRM Live

In the near future all HR Personal can look forward to a brand new feature been implemented in to OrangeHRM Live. The worst nightmare of any HR person would be to calculate leave accruals and carry forwards every year, month, week or day. The OrangeHRM Live Leave Accrual Engine will solve this. Many customers have reuested for customizations to suit their leave management system which is developed using the leave accrual engine as a base. With more features and enhancements to be made, OrangeHRM Live hopes to deliver a prosperous HRIS to its users in 2011.

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14
Jul

OrangeHRM Live – Web-Based HR Management

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 2 Comments

Web-Based Software is a software you use over the internet with a web browser. You don’t have to install any CDs, download any software, or worry about upgrades. If you use an online bank or web-based email program like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail then you’ve already used web-based software before. Likewise today we find many web-based HR applications.
Web-Based software is attracting many organizations around the world. Some reasons for this are the costs incurred in buying expensive software then investing more money on costly hardware and then on top of that buy upgrades recruit IT Staff for maintenance.

Advantages of Web-based Software

Security
With traditional software, employees save data on their laptops, USB drives, or portable hard drives. It’s not as safe as it sounds. Laptops are stolen, computers are rarely backed up properly, and it’s unlikely everyone’s machines are up to date with the latest security patches and updates. When you use our web-based software, your data is stored on secure, always-updated, backed-up daily enterprise-class servers in a state-of-the-art, highly-secure data center.

Centralized
A key advantage to web-based software is that all your data is centralized and accessible over the web from any computer at any time. You can’t leave something on the wrong computer since everything is stored in one place on the web. You can get to it from anywhere. Safe, secure, and password protected, of course.

Back-Ups
Data is backed up every day.  Backups are stored in multiple locations for additional redundancy. You could say our backups have backups.

Updates
Unlike traditional software that requires you to download and install updates yourself, our products are updated automatically. Whenever you use our products you’re always using the latest and greatest version.

No Installation
You do not have to worry about downloading anything or installations. You can simply login through your browser to access your software.

No Compatibility Issues
Software used to only be available for certain platforms. There was Windows software, Mac software, etc. Web-based software works on any platform with a web browser and internet connection. Mac, Windows, Linux are all supported.

Access from Anywhere
When you use web-based software your office is everywhere. At work, at home, a hotel, at a client’s office, even on your mobile phone. You data is accessible anywhere with internet access.

About OrangeHRM Live
The world’s first open-source web-based HR Management application.
OrangeHRM Live gives you the combination of a feature rich web based HRMS and Open-Source model which gives you freedom and flexibility.

Learn More


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8
Aug

Help us improve OrangeHRM leave module

Posted in Community Collaboration  by Himath No Comments

OrangeHRM is a product that matures fast with the help of the collective intelligence of its large community of users all over the world. We have received a lot of requests to further improve the leave module.

Now we have made the process easier by creating a survey that users can take to communicate their preferences for changes in the Leave Module.

We appreciate if you could take a few minutes to take the survey and help us improve OrangeHRM leave module.

Click here to take survey.

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6
Aug

OrangeHRM is now supported on Firefox 3

Posted in Product Releases  by Himath No Comments

Firefox 3We are happy to announce that OrangeHRM is now supported on the latest and best Firefox version 3. This was added in OrangeHRM 2.4-beta.5 (download now).

Firefox 3, which is faster, safer, and smarter is the latest version of this great browser. If you are not already using Firefox 3, we strongly recommend you to download and use it. The popularity of Firefox 3 is evident from OrangeHRM website statistics. In July 51% of visitors to the OrangeHRM website used Firefox while 53% of that number used Firefox 3.0 or above.

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