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Employease Customizes Software-as-a-Service

Employease has been offering on-demand human resources software since before anyone had uttered the words software-as-a-service (SaaS) .

So it's fitting that the ten-year-old company should now be at the vanguard of another step in the evolution of a software delivery mechanism for which it was one of the pioneers.

Employease co-founder Mike Seckler told internetnews.com that the company is rolling out a new customizable user interface that is "tearing down another myth about SaaS."

Slated to go live Aug. 21, the feature uses CSS , JavaScript and DHTML  to help HR administrators configure and re-configure their corporate intranets.

The administrator will be able to emphasize a module for scheduling time off during the lead-up to the summer vacation period, or make the appraisal module front and center when it's time for managers to do their employee evaluations.

"This way, they can create content in context," noted Seckler.

Customers will also be able to change themes and colors and create new tabs on their intranet site using a simple drag-and-drop feature.

This is a significant advancement because customization is one of the criticisms on-premise software vendors have lobbed at their SaaS counterparts.

While SaaS is widely praised for democratizing access to enterprise software, it has also justly been criticized for offering a one-size-fits-all solution.

The flip side of that argument, of course, is that on-premise installations can drag on for years and cost exorbitant amounts of money.

As SaaS vendors have largely overcome concerns about the security and stability of their offerings, they have begun to address issues such as interoperability with other solutions and, most recently, customization.

Bill McNee, CEO of IT consulting firm Saugatuck Technology, noted that customization is a growing trend in the SaaS space.

Customizing the user interface is one of several ways that SaaS vendors are accommodating specific configuration requirements, said McNee.

"Employease is at the vanguard of that," he told internetnews.com.

Employease is privately held, and wouldn't release specific numbers.

But Seckler did say that the company has been profitable for several years and hasn't had to raise capital in half a decade.

Moreover, the company is gaining momentum. Employease took four years to get to 150,000 employee records, but just another six years to get to one million.

Net income grew four-fold over the past year, and revenues grew by 55 percent during the quarter ended June 30 compared to the same quarter last year.