Monday, March 06, 2006

Halogen Software - Employee Performance Management With over 400 customers, Halogen Software Inc. has established itself as the leading provider of employee performance management (EPM) solutions. Founded in 2001 as a subsidiary of a successful consulting company, Halogen offers powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable Web-based software that dramatically improves HR and line-manager productivity. The company's flagship product, Halogen eAppraisal, automates and simplifies time-consuming employee appraisals. Halogen eAppraisal Healthcare, created specifically for the healthcare industry, helps to simplify the task of performing appraisals and meeting accreditation criteria. Halogen e360 automates and simplifies formal 360-degree feedback procedures and offers sophisticated performance reporting. Halogen eCompensation automates the entire compensation adjustment process including budget distribution and approval.

Halogen Software today announced the availability of a subscription license model, catering to customer needs for a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) licensing alternative. This model provides customers with broader options for purchasing Halogen's award-winning Web- based EPM Suite, which includes their flagship product Halogen eAppraisal(TM), Halogen eAppraisal(TM) Healthcare, Halogen eCompensation(TM) and Halogen e360(TM).

SaaS involves the rental of software licenses versus the outright purchase. It's a model that does not suit every organization's needs, but that has been growing in popularity over the past year and has captured much media attention.

In response to market demand and customer expectations, Halogen now provides several licensing options for its' popular on-premise and hosted offerings, including perpetual and subscription licensing. "Our aim is to make it extremely simple for customers to implement effective employee performance management solutions within their organization," said Paul Loucks, President of Halogen Software. "We are proud to offer flexible licensing options to meet our customers varied needs and expectations."

Unlike some of its competitors, Halogen does not focus solely on a SaaS offering. Over 50% of Halogen's 400+ customers have purchased the software for use on-premise. "While demand for perpetual licensing remains high, interest in the SaaS licensing alternative has gained interest amongst EPM software buyers," said Dawn MacKay, Halogen Software's Director of Product Management. "Our goal is to put the customer in the driver's seat as much as possible. Many of our competitors only offer a single licensing option. We have recognized that one option is not appropriate for all organizations and our customers really value having a choice now - and in the future - it reduces their risk. For instance, with Halogen, customers who start off with a hosted solution always have the option of bringing their environment on-premise in the future should the situation warrant it."

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