SOURCE: HR-XML Consortium, Inc.

September 13, 2005 08:31 ET

HR-XML's Nashville Meeting, Oct. 3-4, Offers a Unique Networking Opportunity and Key Insights on HR Technology Trends

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- The HR-XML Consortium's upcoming Nashville meeting, Oct. 3-4, offers HR decision-makers a unique networking opportunity and unparalleled access to essential information on standards-based technology that is shaping the future of HR solutions.

HR-XML's Oct. 3-4 meeting is being held at the Doubletree Hotel Nashville. The Doubletree is located at the heart of "Music City USA." Fans of country, rock and roll, swing, blues, jazz, alternative, and R&B will all find a home in Nashville. For further information, visit: http://www.hr-xml.org/meetings/nashville/

The HR-XML meeting includes education and working sessions for a range of HR-XML Consortium projects, including benefits enrollment, assessments, and Staffing Exchange Protocol (SIDES). Highlights include:

--  An Introduction to Microsoft Indigo, Nick Lewis, Senior Developer
    Advisor, Microsoft.  Indigo is the pre-release name given to Microsoft's
    new unified messaging platform built to support Web services and services-
    oriented programming. Indigo's unified programming model for building
    connected systems extends the .NET Framework 2.0 with additional
    application programming interfaces (APIs), These include APIs for building
    secure Web services that interoperate with non-Microsoft platforms and
    integrate with existing investments. Learn about how Indigo technology is
    poised to accelerate and enhance web services implementations in the HR
    domain.
    
--  Business Process Execution Language (BPEL): A Introduction and Panel
    Discussion, John Evdemon, Industry Solutions Architecture, Microsoft; David
    Shaffer, Director Product Mgmt, Oracle BPEL Process Mgr.  The Business
    Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) is a powerful tool
    for describing and automating workflow. This session will explore how BPEL
    is rapidly becoming the accepted standard for assembling discrete services
    spanning different systems into an end-to-end process flow. The panel will
    consider such questions as: How does BPEL enable business architecture?
    What does BPEL offer for the HR BPO community? What opportunities are there
    for industry groups such as HR-XML to produce valuable business content
    with BPEL?
    
Breakout Sessions include:
--  New Member Orientation: Getting The Most Out Of Your HR-XML
    Investment. Attend this session to learn about HR-XML, its mission, its
    history, its methodology, and how you can get the most out of participating
    within HR-XML.
    
--  Benefits Enrollment. Enrollment breakout sessions will introduce
    newcomers to HR-XML's Enrollment Specification and discuss changes
    necessary to support Medicare Part D and Health Care Spending Accounts.
    
--  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
    systems.
    
--  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.
    
--  SIDES/SEP. Staffing Industry Data Exchange (SIDES) is a complete set
    of specifications for automating the staffing supply chain. Staffing
    Exchange Protocol provides a practical, flexible standard for handling job
    postings, candidate profiles and resumes. Current maintenance requests will
    be deliberated.
    
The meeting is open to members and non-members. Non-members and associate members pay a $265 registration fee. No meeting fee applies to representatives from HR-XML member organizations. Register today by visiting: http://www.hr-xml.org/meetings/nashville/

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