Record Number of Professional Services Firms using Best Practices Talent Management to Increase Billable Hours, Improve Retention

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Accounting, Engineering, Legal and Consulting Organizations show strong momentum in uptake of Halogen Talent Management Solutions

Halogen was the only vendor that offered a system that was flexible enough to capture our existing processes and that truly addressed the needs of our industry.

A growing number of professional services firms across North America are succeeding at talent management with Halogen Software’s Talent Management Suite for Professional Services. Now, hundreds of professional services organizations throughout North America are improving employee retention and organizational goal alignment, increasing billable hours and easily consolidating crucial performance data from multiple sources. In the third quarter of 2008, Halogen’s 24th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, professional services organizations made up almost 25 percent of Halogen’s new customers.

Halogen professional services clients use their talent management solutions to help develop their reputations as progressive, professional and employee-focused firms, attracting and retaining top talent in highly competitive environments. In these organizations performance management is an ongoing day-to-day process, employee development is key, and the link between individual and corporate goals is part of the culture.

Based in Pensacola Florida, O’Sullivan Creel distinguishes itself through its commitment to retaining and developing its more than 170 high-caliber employees. "Every member of our team is vital to achieving the extraordinary goals of our firm, “ said Kathy Anthony, Partner with O'Sullivan Creel and 2008 Business Leader of the Year for the Pensacola Bay Area. “Over the past 4 years, Halogen has enabled us to improve the communication and understanding between our employees and the firm, which drives employee satisfaction and retention. Our team values the employee performance management process, viewing it as a roadmap to achieving their personal success in the firm.”

In many professional services firms, employees work on several projects or client engagements, with different leaders, in a given year. Halogen eAppraisal Professional Services is the only product on the market that provides both built in project and engagement reviews, and an integrated multi-rater feedback tool. This unmatched functionality enables managers to gather and analyze crucial performance data from multiple evaluators and projects, and have it automatically rolled into the employee's performance appraisal form, for broader, fairer reviews.

Recently named one of South Carolina’s Fastest Growing CompaniesSM DeVita & Associates needed an employee performance management system that could accommodate matrixed reporting and project reviews. “As an engineering firm dedicated to the success of our employees, we knew we wanted to move to an online talent management system, but really needed to ensure that the implementation would be simple and not waste valuable time,” said Carrie Scott, HR Manager with DeVita. “Halogen was the only vendor that offered a system that was flexible enough to capture our existing processes and that truly addressed the needs of our industry.”

For professional services organizations, where billable hours equal revenue, easing the time-consuming burden of paper-based performance appraisals is critical. Halogen’s offering enables organizations to automate and streamline workflow, centralize employee performance data, and assist managers in writing meaningful appraisals, saving everyone valuable time.

Halogen customers like management and technology consulting firm North Highland are freed up to focus more time on providing high-value services to clients. As illustrated by consecutive top 4 rankings on Consulting Magazine’s Best Firms to Work For list, North Highland sees employees as its greatest asset. “Our growth is tied directly to our clients’ success,” said Rebecca Arnold, North Highland’s Director of Human Resources, “and our ability to help our clients succeed is tied directly to our employees’ total focus on activities that add value to their clients’ businesses. Halogen has saved us considerable time in terms of our performance management processes. More importantly, it has increased the quality of employee reviews, given us excellent authoring tools and specific competencies for our industry and improved the insight we have into performance.”

About Halogen Software
Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, 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 its exceptional
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

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