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Oracle Achieves HR-XML Certification

Oracle Leads Development of Open Standards for Human Resources Software, Helps Customers Automate Information Exchange and Reduce Integration Costs

Oracle Human Resources Management System One of First to Receive HR-XML Certification

Redwood Shores, California, USA. December 08, 2003.

Oracle Corp. today announced that Oracle Human Resources Management System (HRMS) is one of the first human resources software suites to successfully achieve HR-XML certification for effortless communication between Oracle HRMS customers and their business partners.

HR-XML, developed by the HR-XML Consortium, is an open data exchange standard that enables secure, automated communication between companies. By leveraging one common data standard for human resources-related information -- resumes, job postings, competencies, performance metrics, timecards, benefits enrollment, payroll contributions, and background checks -- HR-XML helps companies cut integration costs and improve efficiencies by eliminating the multiple interfaces historically required to accommodate different data formats.

Gevity, the nation's leading provider of outsourced human resource solutions, plans to use Oracle HRMS's HR-XML support in various capacities of their operations. Gevity is implementing Oracle iRecruitment to improve its recruitment cycle, which involves receiving more than 200,000 new hire applications a year. Because the resumes come in various formats, Gevity's human resources staff is forced to manually parse and re-key the resume data -- a time-consuming and cost-intensive process. Using Oracle iRecruitment, Gevity will be able to interface directly with resume-parsing solutions that automatically perform the task in real-time and pass back HR-XML structured resumes directly to the application.

"Our human resources organization needs to exchange critical data with multiple external partners on a daily basis," said Mark Zimmerman, vice president of IT at Gevity. "The ability to use an industry-defined common language, and not have to worry about creating custom interfaces, has made business communication what it should be -- secure, painless and fast. Not only does effortless business communication simplify daily operations, it can significantly slash costs."

Leveraging Oracle's extensive network of human resources partners, HR-XML enables Oracle HRMS customers to quickly gain access to fully integrated solutions, services and content from leading companies such as Mohomine, HireRight and Magnaware. Prior to the HR-XML standard, companies had to develop interfaces for each of these partners. Now one interface is created for data exchanges between all partners, helping minimize integration costs and complexity.

"The HR-XML certification for Oracle HRMS is further testament to Oracle's commitment to open standards that promote simple and secure information exchange between businesses," said Bill Kerr, principal software engineer at Oracle and member of the HR-XML Consortium Board of Directors. "This is a customer-driven initiative focused on helping companies overcome the barriers normally associated with exchanging information with other businesses and fostering better communication practices."

As part of the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle HRMS helps companies manage all aspects of the workforce, including payroll and expense management, recruiting and hiring, benefits administration, training, and performance management. While other HR applications provide limited snapshots of the workforce, Oracle HRMS integrates with all business areas to provide a comprehensive view of the workforce and performance in the enterprise. The improved visibility and analysis capabilities help companies make better HR decisions, such as when to hire key skill areas based on predicted future shortfalls and demand, for improved performance and cost savings.

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Dan Race
Oracle Corp.
Tel: +1 (650) 607-5884

Chimene Stewart
Oracle Corp.
Tel: +1 (650) 607-5284

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "HR-XML Consortium."

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