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7
Jun

OrangeHRM Announces the release of Open Source 4.0

We are excited to announce the new version of OrangeHRM Open Source 4.0 will be released in the middle of June, 2017.

One of the main highlights of this new version is the opening up of 40+ REST APIs. These REST APIs are for the Admin, PIM, Leave & Time modules respectively.

What are the aims of 4.0?

Our primary objective for 4.0 is to empower our developer community to build applications that can enrich our ecosystem. We already have a couple of the beta testers who are creating applications that will interface with third party tools.

OrangeHRM app store was created for our community members who would like to monetize their applications”. Said Sujee Saparamadu CEO and Founder of OrangeHRM “ With a 3.5 Million user base we will be able to market these applications that will enhance the productivity of our clients.”

How can you learn more?

There have already been a number of sample applications created for our community. You can download the sample app today from here and try it out for yourself - if you have any feedback or questions, get in touch. These sample app’s show how to use the REST APIs.

OrangeHRM has also been made available for “api-client-PHP” which eases the use of these REST APIs.  You can download the User guide for the API’s here.

This is really exciting for us, and our community. Having a feature rich OrangeHRM API set is like giving an empty canvas to a painter - the opportunities for creativity are endless. Said Lawrence Knowles Chief Product Officer at OrangeHRMI am expecting our community to build and develop some fantastic applications that will revolutionize the HR domain.”


We are continuously in the process of updating the REST APIs, and we will be updating our community with the latest progressions on our blog, so keep your eye out for further news.

Kavitha Gurusamy

Open Source Project Lead

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13
Aug

Benefits of HRMS on the Cloud

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Is your organization in the cloud yet? What we are referring to here is the Software as a Service (SaaS) model that has transformed the way millions of organizations manage their human resource functions today. Gone are the days of internal servers and filing cabinets overflowing with employee information. Now, companies turn to scalable and flexible software capabilities to securely handle their day-to-day HR administration on a virtual platform.

Advantages of Turning to Cloud-based HRMS

If you are not yet using a cloud-based human resource management system then it’s time to learn how this can benefit your organization. Let’s review some of the major advantages of HRMS on the cloud.

  • ·Cost Control – One of the most common reasons that companies look to cloud-based HRMS is the cost factor. Following the recession which had many companies looking for ways to reduce HR costs; the cloud software model has the best return on investment because of open source options like OrangeHRM.
  • More Customized – Instead of a single implementation with serious limitations as companies experienced in the past, the cloud SaaS offers up a customized approach that lets HR leaders select from the features that they need. The software then becomes customized and adapts, as the company needs change.
  • Portability – With companies changing and reducing costs to meet with industry demands, there exists the need to have a product that can grow and move frequently—even to mobile devices in the field. A cloud-based HRM has the ability as it can be accessed from anywhere in the world via a secure sign on process.
  • Self-Service – Instead of spending a great deal of time and money on implementations of new features, an HRM in the cloud can help HR administrators solve their needs with one-click solutions. Self-service tools and add-ons give more power to team administrators so they can turn elements on and off as needed.
  • Intuitive – In general, cloud-based HRMs are built to be user friendly and intuitive to those who need to access them. That’s why a system like OrangeHRM has been designed with the end user in mind, according to the requests of real HR and payroll administrators who know what they want.
  • Reporting Power – Having a way to organize all the HRM data that your organization creates with comprehensive reporting is a feature included in cloud based systems. In fact, one of the benefits of OrangeHRM is the ability to run customized reports that make data a powerful visual tool for communicating employee information and trends in your HR division.
  • Integrated – A great deal of work goes into creating an HRM on the cloud that can “talk to other common applications and processes. A well-designed HRM offers seamless integration with HR and payroll software that’s also located on the cloud. This makes it easier to manage daily HR functions and stay on top of a growing company.

Not sure if an HRM on the cloud will work for your business? Get in torch with OrangeHRM’s knowledgeable support staff to learn how we can bring these benefits and cost savings to your organization.

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4
Aug

360 Degree Performance Evaluation – Guidelines for Success

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When an organization is staffed with highly engaged employees, it’s a fact that the team becomes more productive. This increases overall revenues and raises employee morale, adding value to the company to ensure more successful future projects and recruitment efforts. One good way to understand if employees are happy and engaged in their work is to conduct a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation.

Understanding What a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation is About

The goal of a performance evaluation on this level is to rate the company’s ability to create a positive and engaged workforce. On a corporate level, a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation can help Human Resources to see the “bigger picture” and how well the company is doing in terms of supporting the productivity of employees. A 360 Degree Performance Evaluation provides much insight into the company, including what’s going well and what needs improvement. It can also be used to enhance compensation planning, identify the need for more training programs, and connect performance with corporate objectives.

Pros and Cons of the 360-Degree Performance Review

Before conducting one, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of this type of effort. Let’s learn more about this type of evaluation and give some best practices for managing one at your organization.

Pros:

· A 360 Degree Performance Evaluation can improve the overall performance review process by helping management see rather than speculate on individual performance metrics.

· The company can see how well it meets the performance needs of employees and spot trends in areas of weakness so that the company can set up focused training.

Compensation planning can be based on actual performance goals rather than average salary and benefit rates across job types.

Cons:

· The need for restructuring jobs and tasks may arise as a result of the findings of a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation.

Selecting the right 360 Degree Performance Evaluation system and data management can be confusing if there is no standard in place currently.

· Must get buy-in from all levels of the executive management team in order to successfully launch and promote a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation company-wide.

· Future training and employee performance must be carefully monitored in order to get the most from an evolution on this level.

While there are bound to be some hesitation at first, knowing what to expect with a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation can make this a worthwhile effort. Imagine being more in control of the actual daily performance of employees? Then being able to link performance with individual job tasks to develop better compensation strategies helps to produce a more engaged and skilled workforce. This factor alone makes a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation a vital part of your human capital management.

Guidelines for Managing a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation

There are some specific ways your organization can get the most from a 360 Degree Performance Evaluation. Use these as general guidelines as you roll yours out.

· Consistency – Launch your performance review at the same time every year or quarterly. This helps to increase participation and makes leaders and employees accountable.

· Technology – Choose the right HRM to conduct and track data for the performance evaluation. Make sure it has the features you need to adapt and report on your findings.

· Timing – Roll out the 360 Degree Performance Evaluation at a time that doesn’t correspond with payroll changes or other types of performance reviews. To do so creates fear.

· Integration – Use the data as part of your overall human resource management process. Tie findings in with salaries and individual employee reporting.

If you are struggling to find ways to improve employee engagement and performance management, consider how OrangeHRM’s platform can support your organizational goals this year.

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22
Apr

OrangeHRM NOT Vulnerable to Heartbleed

Posted in General, security  by admin No Comments

As you may know the heartbleed vulnerability has been a major concern during the past week.

We are please to inform you that we and our service providers were secured from this attack at all times and were never vulnerable due to security measures of our own on top of SSL.

You can findout more details about the vulnarability and the measures from the details below.

Summary

The Heartbleed bug (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed_bug) is a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1.f.

This vulnerability allows an attacker to read chunks of memory from servers and clients that connect using SSL through a flaw in OpenSSL’s implementation of the heartbeat extension.

OpenSSL provides critical functionality in the internet ecosystem, and therefore vulnerabilities, such as Heartbleed, have a significant impact on digital communications and their integrity.

Is my OrangeHRM account affected by Heartbleed?

OrangeHRM’s SSL certificate end point was not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug when it was publicly disclosed on April 7th 2014.

Any secure communication with our servers was not affected by any attacks following the public disclosure of the Heartbleed bug.

The Heartbleed bug has had a profound impact on the transmission of secure data through the Internet.

It is for that reason we are encouraging our customers to reset their passwords at their earliest convenience as a matter of common password maintenance.

Please remember to always make your passwords unique, random, and periodically rotate them.

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28
Nov

OrangeHRM Secured

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley No Comments

OrangeHRM continuously keeps on updating its products in order to provide the best solution to customers and also to make sure that the system is secure whereby hackers cannot hack into the system. We have used security good practices and patterns when coding; used industry standard frameworks which have built-in features to prevent common security vulnerabilities. Our developers have been trained on security practices to make sure our code is secure.

The OrangeHRM community and some freelance security experts have been assisting us on this regard too. Security expert, Kenneth Sager, was able to find vulnerabilities in our system. He has chosen OrangeHRM for his review because it was the most popular download on sourceforge.net. In his spare time Kenneth performs independent reviews of software solutions such as OrangeHRM, this process is called “bug hunting”. He has been able to discover some “bugs” in our system. He has informed us about those and we were prompt to fix them.

In the past other large institutions such as High-Tech Bridge SA in Switzerland, IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force, and Juniper Networks USA have stepped forward to test OrangeHRM for any vulnerability and assisted us to identify and fix them.

Juniper Networks USA

IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force

High-Tech Bridge SA

Sad Geeks In Snow

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28
Nov

OrangeHRM now available in Chinese, French & German

Posted in Product Releases  by Shaun Bradley 3 Comments

OrangeHRM has been translated to many languages during the past few years; however most of the other OrangeHRM add-ons didn’t have translations for any languages. As the first phase of providing translations for all major languages with our new product line which is the OrangeHRM Open Source version, OrangeHRM Professional and OrangeHRM Enterprise we have translations for Chinese, French and German.

The Chinese language (Madarin) being the most widely spoken language in the world in 2013 and with OrangeHRM having an increasing number of users from China, we have translated the product to Chinese in order to provide a more convenient product to clients. Thanks to Freddy Hew for the translations a native Chinese speaker with over 25 years of experience in Chinese to English translations..

France is another country has been using the open source version increasingly in the past few years. We also have a number of clients using our advanced versions and we have received many requests for the system to be translated to French. Eulalie Mulero, a professional translator since 2008 and has been translating English and Spanish to French completed the translation.

Finally for the 1st phase we have the German language pack ready again due to the over whelming user requests. Stephan Hornick, a German language teacher completed this translation.

We have started the 2nd phase of this project and we are glad to let you know that Spanish, Italian and Dutch packs are in line to be released in the 1stquarter of 2014.

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7
Apr

Another Step Towards Usability – OrangeHRM 2.6.3 Released

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley No Comments

2011 has been a key year for OrangeHRM in terms of enhancing the system by identifying and improving the usability of the system. OrangeHRM is feature rich, robust and productive and now its being carved into that master piece we always wanted to give our users. More improvements have been made to the employee list, add employee, and photograph sections in the PIM.

The incompatibility that was identified with PHP 5.2.10 in the previous release is fixed in 2.6.3.
Upgrade instructions will be available soon for those using older versions, you can also download a fresh copy and start using OrangeHRM today.
2.6.4 will be available next month.

Download 2.6.3

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19
Dec

OrangeHRM 2.4.1 is now available as a stable release

Posted in Product Releases  by Himath No Comments

The first stable version of OrangeHRM 2.4.1, which has an automated upgrader is now available to download from SourceForge.

Download OrangeHRM 2.4.1 from here.

Click here to see the release notes.

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11
Dec

The next chapters of OrangeHRM

Posted in Product Releases  by Himath No Comments

A number of users of OrangeHRM have asked us what’s next in OrangeHRM. This post is an attempt to give you an overview of what’s being developed now.

OrangeHRM 2.4.1 - The main feature is an automated upgrader. The beta releases are already out. We will soon be able to make a 2.4.1 stable release.

OrangeHRM 2.5 - Development has started. An early release will be available in January 2009. The main features are:
(1) New look of OrangeHRM. Improved look and feel of the OrangeHRM user inteface based on community feedback.
(2) Separation of Project Time and Punch In/Out features.
(3) Ability to attach a resume with a job application by an applicant.

Performance Evaluation Module - Requirements gathering is in progress. If you have any suggestions about what features this module should include, please send your suggestions to info@orangehrm.com. The target for implementation is Q2, 2009.

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17
Oct

OrangeHRM Upgrader

Posted in Development, Product Releases  by Himath 6 Comments

We’re happy to announce that a web based upgrader has been added to OrangeHRM 2.4.1 which upgrades your previous stable version of OrangeHRM to OrangeHRM 2.4.1. This was done in response to numerous requests we received from the user community in our forum and through email.

The upgrader can upgrade OrangeHRM versions 2.2.2.2, 2.3, and 2.4 to the latest OrangeHRM version 2.4.1.

This is now available as a beta release from Sourceforge.

Click here to download OrangeHRM 2.4.1 with the upgrader.

Click here to view the upgrade instructions.

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