Although maintaining organizational charts is an essential part of any best practice, it is often overlooked by managers due to the lack of awareness of comprehensive workforce modeling tools such as HumanConcepts' OrgPlus.
As companies grow, and as the scale and complexity of tracking multiple managerial structures grows, spreadsheets become inadequate. During mergers, for example, companies that do not have OrgPlus can spend several months simply trying to figure out the functions of who, what and where by using whiteboards, spreadsheets and e-mails.
The entire organization process is automated with OrgPlus by simply bridging two organizational charts. Administrators can create scenarios and allow users to collaborate on resource decisions. For example, administrators can automate the decision-making process (who's doing what, who's required, etc.) by enabling key managers to enact precise departmental changes. Once users decide on a scenario across all the different departments, managers can roll it out and generate one consolidated view of what the new organization will look like.
With OrgPlus, managers can easily maintain a visual depiction of company employees and all relevant information within one database. In fact, in small- to midsize companies, OrgPlus often is deployed by IT and human resource departments to track critical status on knowledge workers. OrgPlus can connect to human resource department systems through batch processing and can pull up-to-date employee information and publish organizational charts to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, PDF files, intranet portals and a company's Web site.
In addition to visualizing an organization, OrgPlus provides intelligence behind its charts to perform some analytics. Users can produce reports and dashboards using external reporting and business intelligence tools.
Essentially, OrgPlus behaves like middleware for any given human resource department because all information located inside an HR system can be imported into OrgPlus. As companies move HR information through enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, OrgPlus provides insight into resource expertise and workload. HumanConcepts partners with most ERP systems on the market, allowing companies to develop sophisticated bridges between ERP and desktop tools such as Microsoft Office or even intranet portals used for knowledge management systems. Managers in the financial sector, for instance, who have to work with several regulatory environments can use OrgPlus to track critical organizational changes, including security status.
Aside from analytics, OrgPlus also can be used for modeling structural changes. IT departments can use modeling to track resource allocation or expert availability. Within IT, managers also can use modeling to generate resource analysis metrics on system maintainability before deciding on reorganization efforts. OrgPlus can import data from business intelligence software such as Business Objects and MicroStrategy to help managers analyze the impact on proposed reorganization projects.
Solution providers who want to implement OrgPlus can start by using the free OrgPlus Express tool, which competently demonstrates its basic capabilities. Solution providers can easily upgrade the tool and merge company data to develop a resource knowledge system as OrgPlus is designed to grow with an organization. Pricing for the tool varies on number of employees, ranging from $300 for small businesses up to $20,000 or more for an enterprise. OrgPlus Standard and Professional editions are sold through Ingram Micro and two-tier distributors. HumanConcepts also offers an Enterprise edition sold directly through channel partners. According to HumanConcepts, it offers an average margin of 23 percent yet VARs can receive up to 30 percent.
OrgPlus Standard edition does not need a dedicated processor because it behaves just like any desktop Windows application and it is suitable for interdepartmental activities. OrgPlus Enterprise 2.6 is now available in French, German and Spanish.