March 25, 2010
OrangeHRM Releases Version 2.6
By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor
OrangeHRM, has announced the release of the latest version of OrangeHRM, the company’s open-source HRM software. Dubbed release 2.6, it incorporates a Performance Module, a new feature designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises to conduct formal employee performance reviews.
'The Performance Module is a natural extension to the OrangeHRM product,' says Sujee Saparamadu, co-founder and CEO of OrangeHRM, Inc., in a statement. 'Small- and medium-sized enterprises operate exactly like their larger counterparts and have shown a consistent desire to formalize all aspects of human resource management.'
'The ability to conduct and monitor employee performance over time in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand and highly systematic way is very appealing to the small enterprise,' Saparamadu added.
One of the key aspects of the Performance Module is the addition of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each job title independently. It is essential that both parties are aware of the expectations that in adding distinctive KPIs for job titles, employers will have the ability to make sure their expectations are communicated clearly and that they can persuade employee to achieve specific goals.
As an open source human resources management platform, OrangeHRM is available for download at no cost. With access to powerful management products, SMEs are better positioned to compete with larger companies. OrangeHRM understands that many of these smaller companies do not have the IT resources to manage and use open source applications.
With OrangeHRM, small businesses gain the ability to manage personnel information, attendance and timekeeping securely to provide employee self-service HRM functions, track leave, administer benefits and manage new employee recruitment and retention.
This new release will incorporate Symphony framework - an enterprise-level development framework that will improve security and assist third-party software developers to create customized additions to the program code – in the administration and PIM modules in advance of the product’s complete migration to the Symphony framework.
OrangeHRM’s last release of its open source HRM software was announced last year. This version claimed to make installation easier for all users. Company officials said that previously while installing OrangeHRM, the installer used to create the required MySQL database and for this it needed MySQL administrator user details.
When the company released 2.4 of their Human Resource Information System (HRIS), company officials said that the beauty of the engine is that it will be transparent to end users since it can be customized to mimic the look and feel of any website into which it is embedded. This latest release should help the company continue on this positioning, driving more demand in the market.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Alice Straight