SOURCE: HR-XML Consortium, Inc.

November 22, 2005 16:27 ET

HR-XML's La Jolla Meeting, Feb. 2-3, Offers Key Insights on HR Technology Trends

Author of "Web Services: A Manager's Guide," to Give Keynote Address

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- The HR-XML Consortium's upcoming meeting in La Jolla, Calif., Feb. 2-3, offers HR decision-makers a unique networking opportunity and unparalleled access to information about cutting-edge, standards-based technology that is shaping the future of HR services delivery.

The HR-XML meeting includes education and working sessions for a range of HR-XML Consortium projects, including payroll business process outsourcing, benefits enrollment, assessments, and Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES). The meeting will be held at the Radisson, La Jolla. The hotel offers high-speed Internet access and is just a short drive from spectacular beaches, elegant shopping, and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. A special rate of $139 per night has been negotiated for meeting participants. Reserve your room by Jan. 3 to obtain the discounted rate.

The meeting is open to members and non-members. The fee for non-members and associate members is $265. Representatives of member organizations may attend at no additional cost.

Meeting highlights are described below. For further information, visit:

Security in an SOA World, Anne Thomas Manes, Vice President and Research Director, Burton Group.

Application security in a widely distributed, loosely coupled architecture is much more challenging than in centralized, tightly coupled scenarios. This keynote presentation will focus on strategies for implementing security in an SOA world. The presenter, Anne Thomas Manes, will provide an update on web services security standards, including WS-Security and the WS-I Basic Security Profile, and she will discuss strategies for using various products, frameworks, and services to implement an SOA security infrastructure.

Anne Thomas Manes is Vice President and Research Director with Burton Group ( ), a research and advisory firm. In 2002, NetworkWorld named Anne one of the 50 most powerful people in networking. The previous year she received a similar honor from Enterprise Systems Journal, which listed her among the 2001 Power 100 IT Leaders. She is the author of "Web Services: A Manager's Guide" (ISBN 0321185773). Anne has participated in web services standards development efforts at W3C, OASIS, WS-I, and JCP. Prior to her role at Burton Group, Anne was Chief Technology Officer at Systinet, a web services infrastructure company.

Integrating Competency Models across the Human Capital Management Lifecycle: Implications for HR-XML Standards, Paul Friedman, Vice President of Technology, InScope.

This session will include a demonstration of InScope's competency library and modeling tools as well as explore a topic of key interest to the HR-XML community: How do HR solution providers intelligently integrate competency information across a diverse range of human capital management processes?

InScope's Competency Management Suite blends content with advanced tools. InScope's Competency Library includes: 100+ general knowledge competencies; 100+ behaviors; 275+ skills; 400+ industry-specific competencies; and 750+ functional competencies. The library also includes 8,500+ behavior-based interview questions and 38,000+ behavioral indicators. The Suite also includes tools enterprises can use with InScope's content to create competency models for specific jobs or for the entire company, leadership and management levels, or functional areas.

After demonstrating InScope's toolset and library, Paul will introduce competency integration scenarios within hiring, performance management, assessment, learning management, and other functional human capital management areas. This keynote presentation will be immediately followed by a breakout session of the HR-XML Competencies workgroup for further discussion of how HR-XML standards might better support competency integration.

Core-Components Training: Best Practices from OAGIS, Garret Minakawa, Director, e-Business Integration, Oracle Corporation.

The Open Applications Group is a non-profit consortium focusing on XML best practices and processes for eBusiness and Application Integration. The Open Applications Integration Specification (OAGIS) Version 9.0 includes many innovative features including the adoption of the UN/CEFACT/ISO Core Components technical specification (CCTS). The CCTS "presents a methodology for developing a common set of semantic building blocks that represent the general types of business data in use today and provides for the creation of new business vocabularies and restructuring of existing business vocabularies. It provides a way to identify, capture and maximize the re-use of business information to support and enhance information interoperability across multiple business situations." In this session, Garret Minakawa will provide an introduction to the CCTS and describe how the core component methodologies put into practice by the Open Applications Group could be applied to HR-XML's work.

Garret Minakawa is director of e-business integration for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for coordinating standards activities within the Oracle e-Business Suite team and also contributes to the overall integration strategy for Oracle e-Business Suite. Garret has over 15 years of experience in the enterprise applications industry holding various positions in development, consulting, account management, and technical support. Garret currently serves on the Executive Committee of OAGI, leads the Core Components Work Group within OAGI, contributes to the ebXML Requirements Work Group, and serves as the RosettaNet Champion for Oracle.

Workgroup Sessions

The meeting will include education and working sessions for a range of HR-XML Consortium projects:

--  Payroll Business Process Outsourcing.  HR and Payroll BPO have grown
    and evolved in recent years. The HR-XML Consortium's Indicative Data
    Specification will be useful to many benefit services outsourcers as well
    as payroll BPOs. The Indicative Data Specification is designed to support
    the communication of baseline employee information to an outsourcer's
    system as well as maintenance information. This session will examine what
    other payroll BPO scenarios HR-XML needs to support. The workgroup will
    evaluate HR-XML's existing Payroll Instructions and Payroll Benefit
    Contributions Specifications as well as priorities for new projects.
--  Staffing Invoice. Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES) is
    the supply-chain standard for services procurement. Invoicing is one of the
    processes covered by SIDES. The SIDES workgroup will evaluate the current
    SIDES invoice (an extension of OAGIS version 8.0 invoice) and explore
    options going forward.
--  Enrollment. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and
    Modernization Act of 2003 authorized new tax-exempt "Healthcare Spending
    Accounts" (HSAs). An HSA is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account
    established exclusively for the purpose of paying qualified medical
    expenses of the account beneficiary who, for the months for which
    contributions are made to an HSA, is covered under a high-deductible health
    plan. HR-XML's Enrollment schema has an existing
    "USSpendingAccountCoverage" component for handling spending account
    enrollments. This session will focus on any changes/additions needed to
    better support HSA and other types of spending accounts -- e.g., Flexible
    Spending Accounts (FSAs), Dependent Care Accounts (DCAs), etc).
--  Web Services Interoperability. The WSinterop workgroup will review a
    draft of HR-XML's Web Services Scenarios document. The document provides a
    high-level outline of web services that might be supported using existing
    HR-XML specifications. The documentation is organized roughly by employee
    lifecycle and by functional HR service area. Where HR-XML has developed
    documentation and Web Services Definition Language for the service, the
    location of such documentation and WSDL file is provided. The document is
    intended as both a catalog of completed Web Services work and a road map of
    work to be done.
--  Background Checking. The workgroup is continuing work on documentation
    and Web services implementation guidance for the next version of HR-XML's
    Background Checking Specification.
--  Assessments. The HR-XML Consortium's Assessments specification
    provides a simple way to integrate applicant tracking and other HR systems
    with assessment providers. The workgroup's current activities involve
    integrating test content between assessment providers and recruiting/HR
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