WALTHAM, Mass., October 16, 2006–PeopleCube, the leader in on-demand Human Process Management (HPM) solutions, today announced the general availability of Resource Scheduler version 7.7, the latest release of the popular meeting room scheduling and resource management solution. Available as an on-demand or on-premise application, this new release provides integration with the Microsoft® Outlook® Address Book or other address book applications. As a result, Resource Scheduler users are able to easily invite attendees or send notification to non-Resource Scheduler users when reserving a meeting room or other resource. In addition to new proxy functionality and built-in reports, this new release complies with the revised dates of Daylight Saving Time (DST) as outlined in the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. This enhancement ensures that Resource Scheduler reservations made during the new DST dates, scheduled to go into effect in March, 2007, will not be compromised.
The new Advanced Attendee Management functionality allows users to invite attendees to training sessions, meetings or other events from within Resource Scheduler regardless of whether the attendees are Resource Scheduler users or not. The reservation creators are able to invite attendees or send resource reservation notification using a number of sources including the Resource Scheduler user list; a private list of contacts within the new My Address Book in Resource Scheduler; the Outlook Client Address Book; or even ad-hoc by manually entering in attendee email addresses. When the reservation is made, attendees receive notification from Resource Scheduler via email which can include a vCal attachment so that the attendee can add the invitation directly to his/her calendar.
This new version of Resource Scheduler also includes updates to comply with new dates of Daylight Saving Time as outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 legislation passed by the United States Congress. Designed to conserve energy, the Act extends DST in the U.S. (and Canada) by four weeks starting in March of 2007. This enhancement to the application ensures that any reservation made during these four weeks will appear correctly. While the modification will change all installations of Resource Scheduler, it will mainly affect customers that utilize the application across multiple time zones or international boundaries.
“This new version of Resource Scheduler is in direct response to customer requests as well as new U.S. legislation that impacts all calendaring and scheduling software applications,” said PeopleCube Vice President of Marketing Ann Hamann. “By integrating with the Outlook Address Book and similar address applications, Resource Scheduler users can now simultaneously book meeting-related resources and send invitations to attendees, significantly streamlining and simplifying the meeting and resource scheduling process. We made the necessary changes to comply with the new Daylight Saving Time dates now in order to provide customers with enough time to test and deploy this new release well before the March 2007 deadline.”
New proxy functionality has also been added to this new version of Resource Scheduler. Using this feature, application administrators can enable users to create and modify meetings on behalf of another person. In addition, new pre-configured reports have been added to Resource Scheduler to make it easier for administrators and users to track cancelled reservations, reservations requiring approval, reservations requiring set up, and more. For more information about Resource Scheduler, visit www.peoplecube.com/products/resource_scheduler.
PeopleCube is a leading provider of on-demand Human Process Management (HPM) solutions–the next generation of Business Process Management. PeopleCube products help some of the worlds leading organizations integrate individuals into the business process to improve productivity, increase revenue and reduce costs. The company offers advanced HPM applications, and calendaring and scheduling solutions to help businesses optimize people, processes and schedules. PeopleCube has grown through organic growth and four strategic acquisitions within two years. PeopleCube is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe. For more information, visit www.peoplecube.com.