Vorex combines a Web-based suite of solutions aimed at streamlining the HR operations of budget-conscious businesses.
Vorex, a developer of on-demand and licensed enterprise resource planning and
automated business workflow solutions, announced Nov. 30 the launch of its HCM
ERP project management, comprehensive human resources, expense tracking and
billing tools in an integrated Web-based suite, aimed at small and midsize
The solution, backed by Vorex's live support based in Dallas,
includes hardware and software upgrades and maintenance and is available for a
free trial via the company's Website.
HCM ERP provides integrated HR and
project management functions, including an employee database, benefits
management, open enrollment, organizational charts, and assignment and task
tracking functions. Additional features include a self-service portal that
allows employees and HR administrators to manage benefits and open enrollment as
well as update information on demand; time and attendance tracking that helps
enable employers better manage absenteeism and also record employee time spent
on specific projects for direct billing to clients; and an employee skills
database that allows project managers to identify and assign team members to
clients or projects based on documented skill sets.
Vorex CEO Mike Salem said most SMBs have one
application to manage their human resources functions, another application to
manage time and expense tracking, another for project management, and the list
goes on. "This is incredibly inefficient and often requires the same data to be
entered multiple times into different programs," he said. "HCM
ERP solves that problem by combining all of these business functions into a
complete A-to-Z solution that is incredibly easy for smaller businesses to use
and accessible from anywhere, even for employees on the road or working
Along with human resources and project management, HCM
ERP integrates expense management and invoicing/billing functions as part of
its client management system. Through HCM
ERP, individual consultants and project team members can record project-related
expenses in one step, even while on the road, through HCM
ERP's secure Web portal. Early next year, Vorex plans to release an additional
module that will help businesses manage on-boarding and off-boarding functions,
performance evaluations, and goal setting.
Built on Microsoft .NET technology and
SQL databases, HCM ERP is available in three
deployment options: on-premises installation with on-premises data storage to
allow companies to host the core database on their own servers; full license with
co-location, which allows companies to host their data on Vorex's highly secure
and redundant servers; and subscription-based SAAS (software-as-a-service)
delivery, which the company said is ideal for smaller businesses to host their
data with Vorex.
"By integrating HR and project management functions, HCM
ERP allows client services managers to see, at a glance, which team members
have both the appropriate skills and the time available to take on new
projects," Salem said. "This way,
when a client calls with a new project, a decision can be made immediately on
whether or not you can take on the project-there's no more calling around to
see who is available and possibly risking the business by delaying a response
to the client."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.