Magazine article Workforce Management

Aussies Early to Workforce Planning Game

Magazine article Workforce Management

Aussies Early to Workforce Planning Game

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THE WORKFORCE planning soft- ware that companies are gobbling up has strong roots in the land Down Under.

Two of the vendors selling longrange workforce planning applications^ - Aruspex and lnfohrm - were started by Aussies. And, observers suggest, Australian organizations have been ahead of the curve when it comes to using workforce planning tools.

Australians' early arrival to the workforce planning party has to do with labor market conditions that led to low unemployment, says Stacy Chapman, an Australian native who co-founded software firm Aruspex several years ago.

"Australia faces a few sefious demographic challenges - low birthrates since the 1970s, and a remote island, so almost no illegal immigration - plus a history of very tightly controlled skilled migration," Chapman says. "It is these low unemployment rates and an aging population which have made planning a priority."

Aruspex is headquartered in San Francisco, but software development is done in Melbourne. The other workforce planning software company with Australian origins, lnfohrm, is headed by CEO Peter Howes, who was on the academic staff at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and formed a precursor to the firm in 1982. …

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