Criterion puts workers, managers on same page
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- May 22, 2000
Criterion Inc. plans to unveil a new work force analysis and planning tool
this week that will empower managers and employees to play more active roles
in managing agency employees' careers.
"The federal government is a huge employer, and Workforce Vision will
allow them to become more effective with the people they already have,"
said Marcia Jones, senior vice president and chief operating officer at
the Irving, Texas-based company.
Workforce Vision allows people within an organization to collaborate
on career planning, including performance, competency and training management,
Jones said. Some of the company's federal customers already include the
Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve and the Air Force.
The software uses a component-based architecture that makes it compatible
with human resource applications and portals from software companies such
as PeopleSoft and SAP America Inc., Jones said.
Workforce Vision uses an organization's existing records to produce
myriad analyses and reports about employee performance, competencies, training,
career paths, succession plans, job requirements and more, said Bruce Kile,
vice president of client services.
"If an employee needed to take a class, it used to be all paper-based,"
Kile said. "But now a manager can see when the class is offered, e-mail
the options to the employee, who chooses a class, and then a confirmation
is sent to both, and it's all done over the Web."
Criterion will deliver Workforce Vision with a fixed- price, 90-day
guarantee. The company will install the software, load the client's existing
data and train employees within that time frame. Criterion also offers an
application hosting option and a perpetual training program that is good
for the life of the product.
Workforce Vision will be available on the GSA schedule starting at $50,000.