Workbrain 5 sets new standard for enterprise class workforce management

Workbrain unveils next-generation workforce management solution

CHICAGO, IL, Oct. 19, 2005 -- Workbrain Corporation (TSX: WB) today announced the availability of Workbrain(TM)5 at the HR Technology Conference in Chicago. The new version of the company's market- leading workforce management platform offers innovative new applications to optimize the way large organizations deploy, manage and measure their workforces. Workbrain 5 continues Workbrain's tradition of setting the gold standard in enterprise workforce management solutions with new applications for workforce planning, industry-specific scheduling, workforce analytics and performance management.

"The largest organizations in the world rely on Workbrain solutions to achieve operational excellence," said Workbrain President and CEO David Ossip. "With Workbrain 5, we've listened to the needs of our clients and the marketplace, and responded with industry-specific solutions that optimize workforce processes, from long-term labor planning to workforce execution."

Industry-Focused Solutions

Extensive feedback from Workbrain's user community and industry-focused product advisory councils ensure that Workbrain 5's new products and enhancements deliver solutions that meet real market needs. The result is an unparalleled suite of products that:

- Aligns long-term workforce planning with daily operations to reduce labor costs

- Improves operational efficiency

- Reduces compliance risk

- Optimizes workforce performance

For clients who have already successfully deployed Workbrain solutions, Workbrain 5 provides the opportunity to extend the substantial benefits they have already realized.

"We experienced significant results using a previous version of Workbrain's software, including streamlined payroll processes, and enhanced management and employee capabilities. Upgrading to Workbrain 5 is a natural progression for us," said Brad Friedman, Vice President of Information Services, Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation. "We are excited about the potential new business benefits Workbrain 5 will deliver. We believe the new version will increase the alignment of workforce performance with corporate goals."

Workforce Planning: Extending the workforce optimization platform

For large organizations, annual labor budgeting and periodic reforecasting is a cumbersome, error-prone process involving many levels of authorization and significant delay. The long cycle times of spreadsheet-based approaches result in slow response times to changing market conditions and misallocation of resources that leads to costly staffing errors. A cornerstone of Workbrain 5 is the addition of Workforce Planning, the industry's first Web-based workforce-focused budgeting and planning application that is fully integrated with enterprise-wide Scheduling and Time and Attendance. Workbrain(TM) Workforce Planning helps large organizations efficiently create accurate labor budgets and forecasts, and respond in real-time as new information about market demand becomes available. Linking corporate financial projections with real-time information from operations is a crucial step towards truly optimized workforce deployment. By centrally aligning labor expense allocation with workforce requirements, Workforce Planning ensures that managers can meet the demand for work, while also providing valuable visibility into labor spending relative to their budget.

Workbrain Workforce Planning has gained considerable marketplace momentum since it was unveiled earlier this year. According to Paula Rosenblum, director of the retail research practice for the Aberdeen Group, the introduction of integrated planning capabilities will yield significant benefits to organizations embarking on workforce optimization initiatives.

"Integrated labor planning is the next step in the evolution of retail workforce optimization," said Rosenblum. "Labor planning applications like Workbrain's will help large retailers connect store execution with corporate objectives."

Workforce Deployment: Unparalleled scheduling capabilities specific to industry needs

With Workbrain 5, the company delivers new industry-specific workforce deployment capabilities, and reaffirms its leadership position in the enterprise scheduling market. New additions to Workbrain's scheduling suite include:

- Real-Time Self-Scheduling: Streamlines workforce deployment for Healthcare organizations by allowing employees to schedule themselves for different types and lengths of shifts from any Web browser. This is especially critical for nursing organizations

- Multi-View Schedule Editor: Provides flexible schedule and viewing options and an intuitive user interface for managers faced with fluctuating labor supply and demand

- Enhanced Retail Schedule Optimization: Numerous functional and usability advances including scheduling for "least-cost" and the ability to quickly respond to changes with midweek schedule generation

Compliance and Measurement: Enhanced workforce visibility and control

Workbrain 5 includes a major industry breakthrough in labor compliance management for large employers. Workbrain's fully integrated Employee Scheduling and Time and Attendance applications have always delivered the scheduling accuracy and 100% pay rule automation required to ensure corporate compliance. Now, Workbrain 5 takes compliance to the next level and adds unique features to ensure enterprises can comply with and understand their most difficult requirements.

Workbrain 5's Time and Attendance delivers on-demand audit-ability to assure executives of corporate compliance with legislative requirements. Comprehensive audit trails for complex pay procedures are now possible. Large organizations can confidently monitor and assess compliance with complex regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Department of Labor regulations, union rules and other internal corporate policies. In addition, real-time alerts and notifications help managers monitor potential violations even when they vary across the enterprise.

Workbrain 5 delivers industry leading analytics capabilities with role and industry-specific dashboards. Front-line and head-office managers can now gain real-time visibility and control of workforce performance and costs. Workbrain(TM) Intelligence links workforce management to corporate performance by providing managers with timely visibility into key workforce performance indicators such as labor spending, overtime costs and attendance trends.

Pre-defined role and industry-specific launchpads deliver immediate value for employees, managers, supervisors, and executives. Advanced bursting technology automates query and report distribution to communicate information to thousands of users. Workbrain Intelligence provides visibility into operations that improves decision-making and ensures workforce decisions are aligned with corporate goals.

The new standard for enterprise class workforce management

With the broadest installed user base of enterprise-wide, Web-based applications in the industry coupled with a track record of building robust and innovative applications, Workbrain has set the pace for the development of workforce management technologies. New enhancements to Workbrain's architecture ensure that Workbrain 5 continues this trend. With unparalleled enterprise scalability and stability, Workbrain 5 dramatically reduces total cost of ownership, more easily adapts to workforce business changes and can be implemented even more quickly.

The J2EE architecture integrates easily with client systems, while technology enhancements and product optimization have led to significant application performance improvements. Workbrain 5 extends its platform support to include Linux, Firefox and Mozilla browsers.


Workbrain(TM) 5 will be available in November, 2005. For more information regarding Workbrain solutions call (866) 891-9891.

About Workbrain

Workbrain develops, markets, implements and supports software that helps large organizations optimally deploy and manage their workforces. Customers such as British Airways, J.B. Hunt, Lowe's and Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation have chosen Workbrain's industry-focused workforce management solutions to automate workforce planning, labor forecasting, employee schedule optimization, time and attendance, employee self-service, and workforce analytics. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements which are not historical facts, but are based on certain assumptions and reflect Workbrain's current expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Workbrain disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

Workbrain is a trademark of Workbrain Inc. All other product or company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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