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HR-XML Consortium Quarterly Meeting Spring 2003

April 28-29 HR-XML Meeting, Boston

Date:      Tue, 04 Mar 2003 00:41:32 -0500
From:      Chuck Allen - HR-XML <>
Subject:   April 28-29 HR-XML Meeting, Boston

HR-XML Consortium Quarterly Meeting

You Are Invited!

The April 28-29 meeting of the HR-XML Consortium will feature a new format. April 28 will be a one-day customer-focused meeting with education about, and demonstrations of, HR-XML-enabled technology. The April 28 Customer meeting will be followed by the Consortium's usual technical meeting (April 29-30) at which the Consortium's workgroups will meet.

Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend the Customer and/or Technical meetings.


The 2003 April 28-30 meeting of the HR-XML Consortium will be held at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston. The hotel is located adjacent to Boston's Logan Airport (free shuttle) and only a short water taxi ride from the downtown. A limited number of rooms have been reserved with a special rate of $159. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation:

Hyatt Harborside
101 Harborside Drive
Boston, Massachusetts
02128 USA
+1 617 568 1234

April 28 Customer Meeting

April 28 is your chance to learn how leaders in HR technology are applying the HR-XML Consortium's standards in new services and trading partner relationships. Learn how the Consortium's standards are being used now and how they will figure into future HR software and service offerings.

Sessions planned for the April 28 Customer meeting are described below. If you also plan to attend the HR-XML Consortium's technical meetings April 29-30, please register using the separate form. Anyone registering to attend the Technical meeting April 29-30 may attend the April 28 Customer meeting at no additional cost.

Welcome! HR-XML: A Review of Progress and Possibilities
Lon Pilot, Systems Consultant, Watson Wyatt; President, HR-XML Consortium

Description: The work of the HR-XML Consortium is accelerating across many fronts. Lon Pilot has served as the HR-XML Consortium's President since its formation in Dec. 1999. Lon will introduce the day's agenda and briefly review the Consortium's accomplishments and plans going forward.

Lon Pilot is a systems consultant in the eHR practice of Watson Wyatt Worldwide specializing in the design and implementation of Internet and Intranet-based human resources systems. Lon has been a proponent of the use of XML within the HR realm for the past three years, and was involved in the design of Watson Wyatt Worldwide's first XML based HR interface. Lon graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in computer science in May 1996. He has worked for Watson Wyatt Worldwide since September 1996.

Preview: HR-XML's Resume Schema Within Microsoft Word's Resume Wizard
Todd Abel, Program Manager, Microsoft

Description: This presentation will give a look at Microsoft's early efforts to add support for HR-XML's Resume schema within the Microsoft Word Resume Wizard. The presentation will explain how the resume schema was implemented and review possibilities going forward, including desired enhancements in the next version of HR-XML's Resume schema.

Todd Abel is a program manager in the Enterprise Program Management group at Microsoft. He assists ISVs and partners to develop enterprise architecture on the newest Microsoft technologies.

Lavastorm's SIDES Comformance Test Facility: Lessons For SIDES Implementers Jonathan Novich, Systems Architect, Lavastorm Engineering Sara Moss, Project Director

Description: Lavastorm Engineering will present business-oriented lessons learned from a recent human resource eProcurement implementation based on HR-XML SIDES. The complexity and challenges of the eProcurement environment will be discussed from both business and technology perspectives. The importance of designing and developing vendor and supplier SIDES-compliant test facilities will be emphasized, and a demo of Lavastorm's test facility presented

Jonathan Novich ( is a System Architect at Lavastorm Engineering, Inc. focusing on the Staffing Industry. Jonathan has extensive web architecture and XML development experience and is Lavastorm's HR-XML subject matter expert based on his implementation experience on several strategic projects with a number of staffing and online recruiting firms. Prior to joining Lavastorm, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Corporation. Jonathan holds a degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Sara Moss is a Project Director at Lavastorm Engineering, Inc. and leads software development teams to design, build, and deliver enterprise systems. Sara has over ten years of project management experience and has successfully delivered technology solutions and business process consulting to Global 500 companies. Prior to joining Lavastorm, she worked for Accenture at their European technology headquarters in Southern France and consulted to companies in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US. Sara holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Social Science.

Web Services Implementation of HR-XML Time Sheet
Dr. Sanjeev Srivastava, CEO of Aurora Solutions, Inc.
Sunitha Dandu, Project Lead

Description: Aurora Solutions has been providing n-tier ebusiness solutions and IT Staff Augmentation services to clients since 1997. As part of its corporate initiative to e-enable staffing business processes, Aurora Solutions has implemented a time sheet business object as a web services which implements the HR-XML standards. This presentation will demonstrate Aurora's approach to integrating time card applications with external systems via Web Services and HR-XML's TimeCard specification. It is our goal to integrate this time sheet component with our staffing management application - as well as provide as an independent solution to third party staffing agencies for their internal use.

Sanjeev Srivastava is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora Solutions, Inc. He has over 10 years of experience in the software industry. He has worked closely with a number of leading corporations in developing document management solutions, workflow automation systems and a large variety of ebusiness solutions. Sanjeev holds a PhD in Operations Research from Northwestern University.

As the Project Lead, Ms. Sunitha Dandu has been responsible for technology analysis, architecture development and requirements analysis. Ms. Dandu has a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has nearly a decade of very rich experience in a wide spectrum of information system technologies and particularly in distributed n-tier systems.

"Integration Challenge" Panel
Brad Harris, President, Modulelink, Inc.
Chris Brown, Senior Systems Analyst, Hewitt Associates
Dana Freeman, President and CEO, HRchitect
Paul Kiel, Chief Architect, HR-XML Consortium (Moderator)

Description: How can you ensure your organization uses HR-XML's open specifications most effectively? What are the lessons learned from early implementations using HR-XML's specifications? Pose your questions to our panel of experts! If you have a question or integration scenario for the panel to consider, please feel free to submit your question in advance.

Brad Harris has 8 years experience in the human resource information systems software industry, with a high level of expertise in applications relating to human capital procurement and management. He has worked closely with Fortune 500 companies in the implementation, customization and integration of systems designed to streamline the process of procuring and deploying human resources. Brad has spoken at and chaired conferences related to the topic of Internet recruiting technologies. Founded in 1999, Modulelink is principally engaged in the integration and customization of solutions related to human capital management and procurement and has been involved in 3 implementations of HR-XML specifications. Brad is also a member of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum.

Chris Brown is a Senior Systems Analyst in Hewitt's Benefits Outsourcing line of business. He is responsible for developing solutions which expose functionality on Hewitt's flagship Total Benefits Administration (TBA) System to other applications. He is a recognized internal expert on Java, SAS, Perl, and in the use of XML and related technologies in inter-application communication. Chris is a summa cum laude graduate of Bradley University.

Dana Freeman, President and CEO of HRchitect has over 19 years experience in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software industry and has successfully launched commercial products leveraging object oriented and emerging Internet technologies. He is a frequently quoted in the trade press regarding the impact of technology trends on the Human Capital Management systems market. Dana also provides technology consulting to Fortune 500 companies and management consulting to software vendors.

Prospects and Challenges for XML-based Alternatives to HIPAA-Mandated EDI
Kellie J. Benson, CES Technical Specialist, HIPAA Project, ADP
Kelly Cohen, HM Connections, Hewitt Associates
Chuck Allen, Director, HR-XML Consortium

Description: HIPAA's administrative simplification provisions have created a confusing landscape for HR software interface developers. Virtually without exception, new interfaces between trading partners are being built using XML technology, not EDI. However, complying with HIPAA's administrative simplification provisions currently requires covered entities to accept enrollment and maintenance data using EDI. A growing number of organizations involved in benefits enrollment transactions are examining the possibility of applying to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for a HIPAA exemption that would allow them to pilot the HR-XML Consortium's benefits enrollment specification. The panel will discuss the business, regulatory, and technical issues connected with advancing HR-XML's enrollment specification as an alternative standard under HIPAA.

Kellie Benson, is CES Technical Specialist, HIPAA Project Manager for ADP Benefit Services, Salt Lake City. Ms. Benson has been active in the development and promotion of standards for healthcare, serving on numerous boards, committees and workgroups to that end. Ms. Benson actively participates in the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the X12 Standards Committee, the Designated Standards Maintenance Organization and the XML Consortium. Ms. Benson has an in-depth knowledge of employee benefits, medical practices, health plans, and other healthcare entities. Ms. Benson received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Utah, her Masters Degree from Brigham Young University and her doctorate from UMASS. Ms. Benson has been with ADP for ten years and has worked in the employee benefits and healthcare industry for 17 years.

Kelly Cohen is the Operations Manager for Hewitt Associates Connections in the Southwest Client Service Location. With 7 years of experience, Kelly has been involved in all aspects of Connections benefit enrollment and premium payment services - from the analysis and design of new product features to implementing Connections with over 200 health plan partners on behalf of 30+ clients. She also provides leadership to the Connections practice in the areas of talent management and operational effectiveness. Kelly is currently leading Hewitt's initiative to design and implement a near time XML reporting solution using the HR-XML Benefits Enrollment v2.0 schema. She represents Hewitt Associates in the Benefits Enrollment workgroup of the HR-XML consortium and brings benefits enrollment business expertise to the group. Kelly has a Bachelors degree in Economics and Liberal Arts from Beloit College.

Chuck Allen is the Director of the HR-XML Consortium, Inc. Allen was an early advocate of applying standard XML vocabularies to the human resources management problem domain and he helped found the HR-XML Consortium in December 1999. Prior to founding HR-XML, Allen was Director of New Product Development for the RIA Group, where he was part of the team that developed HR Advisor, which won awards as one of Human Resource Executive Magazine's top ten HR products for 1996 and as one of the top ten products of the decade. Allen worked in similar new product development roles for other major HR publishers such as the Bureau of National Affairs.

April 29-30 Technical Meeting

The April 29-30 Technical Meeting will include working sessions for the Consortium's various workgroups. Whether or not you are not currently active in a workgroup, your participation is welcome. The meeting will include working sessions for the following Consortium workgroups:

                a.. SIDES/Recruiting and Staffing;
                b.. Cross-Process Objects;
                c.. Stock Plans;
                d.. Benefits Enrollment;
                e.. Background Checking/Screening;
                f.. Competencies;
                g.. Metrics
                h.. Employer Advisory Council; and
                i.. Others 

A preliminary agenda appears below Questions about the agenda and proposals for agenda changes should be sent to

Preliminary Agenda, Tuesday, April 29
            8:00 - 8:45   New Member Orientation/CPO Review
            9:00 - 9:15   Introduction/Welcome
            9:15 - 10:15   Introduction of Workgroup Leaders and Review of
            10:15 - 10:30   Refreshment Break
            10:30 - 12:00   Breakout sessions
              a.. Metrics Reporting
              b.. Benefits Enrollment
              c.. Background Check/Screening
            12:00 - 13:00   Lunch
            13:00 - 17:00   Breakout Sessions (Refreshment Break at 14:45)
              a.. SIDES and Recruiting & Staffing
              b.. Payroll
              c.. Competencies
Preliminary Agenda, Wednesday, April 30
            8:00 - 9:00   Tech Demo/Continental Breakfast
            8:30 - 8:45   Introduction/Agenda Review
            8:45 - 10:00   Breakout sessions
              a.. SIDES and Recruiting & Staffing
              b.. Employer Advisory Council:
              c.. Benefits Enrollment
            10:00 - 10:15   Break
            10:15 - 12:00   Breakout sessions
              a.. Competencies
              b.. Cross-Process Objects (Data Dictionary)
              c.. Payroll
            12:00 - 13:00   Lunch
            13:00 - 16:00   Breakout Sessions
              a.. SIDES and Recruiting & Staffing
              b.. Stock Plans
              c.. Birds of a Feather

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) the 2003-03-04 news story "HR-XML Consortium Approves Specifications for Background Checks and Payroll Deductions"; (2) general references in "HR-XML Consortium."

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