Halogen Delivers on New Best Practices for Learning Management with eLMS™ in Release 9.0

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Performance-Based Learning Now a Reality with Halogen’s Latest Talent Management Suite

We knew that we could improve our investment in learning if we integrated it into our overall talent management process, and made performance a linchpin

With the introduction of their Talent Management Suite 9.0 at HR Tech today, Halogen Software brings to market the first performance-based learning management system (LMS). Halogen eLMS™ tightly integrates organizational learning activities with employee performance appraisals, succession planning and other key talent management functions. In addition to the learning management module, Halogen’s latest suite release incorporates a number of usability enhancements designed to make it easy for HR to succeed with talent management programs.

Traditionally, learning management systems have been used primarily in large enterprises where the HR and learning teams operate in isolation from one another. However, research in talent management points to the union of learning and performance management as a growing best practice.

“After looking at the best practices of over 750 corporations, we discovered that aligning training with the development goals of individuals and the organization is a leading talent management practice that drives business impact,” said Josh Bersin, president of research firm Bersin & Associates. “The power of Halogen eLMS is that it enables learning managers and HR leaders to use the same system to link and track employee performance and learning, thus gaining actionable intelligence about their learning investments.”

Halogen eLMS now offers organizations of all sizes an enterprise-class learning management system that enables them to quickly and easily see a return on training investments. This fully featured LMS seamlessly integrates learning activities into the performance management and succession planning process -- making it easy for HR, employees and managers to access information; identify and assign development plans; even register for learning activities and track progress on achievement – all in a single user interface. They can also identify skill gaps and measure the success of learning programs in terms of improved corporate performance, via the product’s built in Training Effectiveness reports.

“We knew that we could improve our investment in learning if we integrated it into our overall talent management process, and made performance a linchpin,” said Gina Maddalena, HR Specialist, Learning and Development, Innovapost. “Now with Halogen eLMS, we’ll have the ability to integrate feedback and recommendations directly from appraisals into our learning plans, measure the outcomes of those plans, and reevaluate on a regular basis. Our return on investment for learning will be readily seen, and employees will have a clearer picture of their development path in a single location for performance and learning.”

Simple, Easy-to-Use System
The Halogen Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite version 9.0 offers usability enhancements building on the company’s commitment to providing organizations with a simple, easy-to-use talent management system. The user experience remains role-based with a minimalist approach, and continues to shorten the time used for all users to complete their tasks within the suite. New features include:

Easier access and more intelligence – A variety of continuous feature improvements allow easier access to important information, toggling between views, and reducing the amount of clicks required to retrieve data and info.

Contextual help – Highlight helpers in the user interface provide help to users if they need more information on a particular area within the application without having to leave the page.
Easier report export of data for offline analytics – Fewer steps are now required to export report data to spreadsheets for further analysis outside of the application.

“The Halogen employee performance and talent management suite has always been flexible and user friendly, but these new interface enhancements will make things easier for everyone using the system,” said Michael DeVries, Vice President, Human Resources, Cummins Mid-South LLC. . “The combination of these new features with eLMS will enable us to deliver even greater value to our employees and executives from our talent management programs.”

Pricing and Availability
Providing customers with choice in delivery models, Halogen’s Employee Performance and Talent Management Suite continues to be offered as either an on-premise or on-demand (SaaS) deployment. Version 9.0, including Halogen eLMS will be available in late November 2008 through Halogen and its reseller partners. For pricing information please contact Halogen.

About Halogen Software
A recognized industry leader with over 1000 customers worldwide, Halogen Software makes powerful, simple-to-use and affordable employee performance and talent management applications. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance management, 360 degree assessments, compensation management, succession planning and learning management. Halogen’s offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers for itsexceptional implementation and support services, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit http://www.halogensoftware.com.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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