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|| ||News Item: OrangeHRM Open Source HRM System Launches On-Demand Option,Releases New Edition with Broad Enhancements|
|| ||Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:22:13 -0700 (PDT)|
OrangeHRM Open Source HRM System Launches On-Demand Option,Releases New
Edition with Broad Enhancements
Version 2.1 Upgrades Leave Module, Employee Search, Reporting & More
San Francisco, CA (April 17th, 2007) Â OrangeHRM Inc. today announced the
availability of OrangeHRM On-Demand, a hosted version of its OrangeHRM open
source human resources management solution for small and mid-sized
enterprises. The company has also released a new Version 2.1 that upgrades
the systemÂs Leave Management module and a variety of other functions.
ÂWe are moving quickly to reach parity with proprietary HRM systems while
offering key pricing and development cycle advantages related to our use of
open source technology,Â said Sujee Saparamadu, CEO of OrangeHRM. ÂThese
new releases make significant strides toward that goal.Â
In addition to installed software, OrangeHRM is now available under the
Software as a Service (SaaS) model for organizations that have limited IT
resources for automating their personnel management processes. The new
OrangeHRM On-Demand option is hosted in the OrangeHRM data center, can be
deployed by OrangeHRM personnel in 24 hours, requires no in-house hardware or
software, and is priced by monthly or yearly subscription based on the number
Each subscription includes automatic upgrades with every new software
release at no additional charge, enabling users to take full advantage of
enhancements provided by the OrangeHRM open source community. Subscribers
also receive full professional support from OrangeHRM . OrangeHRM On-Demand
allows the product to scale with the companyÂs growth and will beat the
v Quick release cycles of the Open Source product that is rolled in to
hosted service results in a perpetual beta mode and an ever improving level
v Large community of users of the Open Source Product would add to the
level of comfort.
v AJAX based rich user interface.
v Lightweight LAMP architecture that results in high response time.
v Open data standards based on HR-XML
v Professional support structure backed by a highly responsive community
increases the level of comfort.
v Use of Enterprise 2.0 concepts enable HR departments to build close
relationships with the organizationÂs employees
Version 2.1 Upgrades
Both the installed and the hosted versions of OrangeHRM have also been
enhanced in response to customer requests received after the release of
Version 2.0 in one month. Requests were captured in a Wiki and used to
define the new 2.1 features. Major upgrades include:
· Easier employee leave administration, including support for
range-of-day leave requests, inclusion of weekends and holidays in leave
calculations, a one-screen leave summary for all employees, and an automated
email notification system that alerts supervisors when employees request or
cancel leaves as well as informing employees when their leave requests are
accepted or rejected. These features add to the systemÂs basic leave
tracking capabilities and employee self-service leave requests.
· Enhanced employee search with the ability to search on all major
fields contained in OrangeHRMÂs Personal Information Management (PIM)
Module, making it easy to select an employee based on a field without
generating a report. The employee list has also been enhanced to display
more information at a glance.
· User-defined employee IDs in the PIM module that enable HR
administrators to use the company-assigned employee ID in OrangeHRM rather
than being forced to use an ID generated by the system.
· Enhanced reporting with new fields including employee skills,
start date, contract, supervisor, company division, years of experience and
date of school graduation. These upgrades strengthen OrangeHRMÂs Report
Module, which allows users to create, save and generate customized reports by
selecting from a menu of search criteria and report fields.
OrangeHRM 2.1 is the fifth major release of the product since the beta was
rolled out in February 26. The software has received more than 36000
cumulative downloads in the last 13 months and is ranked among the 50 most
active open source applications by SourceForge.
The installed version of OrangeHRM is available free of charge under the
GNU GPL open source license with two different plans. Version 2.1 is
immediately available for download at www.orangehrm.com
About OrangeHRM Inc.
OrangeHRM Inc. is a leading provider of open source human resource
management software used by small and mid-size enterprises worldwide. The
highly flexible OrangeHRM system is backed by a fast-growing and
knowledgeable open source community and is available with support and
services under the professional open source model.
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