Verizon Business Powers 'Software-as-a-Service' Business Model for NOW Solutions Inc.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Business Data Center Services are supporting NOW Solutions Inc.'s rollout of a new Web-based human resource management software service designed to help businesses perform key personnel functions including payroll, performance reviews and benefits administration. Verizon Business services are providing round-the-clock access and a secure, robust environment for delivering NOW Solutions' new delivery model of its emPath® portfolio of human resource software services.

The NOW Solutions software is now built on an increasingly popular model known as software-as-a-service (SaaS) in which the applications are hosted by the vendor, rather than the customer, and delivered as a service over the Web to help control set-up and operational costs. When delivered as an SaaS service, the emPath human resources management system (HRMS) helps to minimize the strain on companies' internal information resources and infrastructure capacity.

"It's critical that NOW Solutions takes the lead in defining the software-as-a-service model in the HRMS market," said Laurent Tetard, the company's vice president of operations. "Verizon Business Data Center Services provide an effective, secure and scalable environment for the delivery of our software suite."

NOW Solutions, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the industry's leading providers of end-to-end strategic human resources, payroll and benefit administration services. The company recently announced the availability of its SaaS emPath® HRMS solution for customers in the United States and Canada.

The appeal of SaaS, in addition to helping businesses control infrastructure and maintenance costs, is its ability to deliver applications based on real-time usage. NOW Solutions said the SaaS delivery model also helps it provide quicker responses to changing business application needs.

For NOW Solutions' HRMS offering, Verizon Business Data Center Services provide carrier-class infrastructure support such as:

  • Web-based delivery, multi-tenant architecture and 24/7 availability.

  • Redundant power supplies and network connections.

  • World-class physical and data security.

  • Advanced administrative controls and monitoring processes.

"NOW Solutions also is relying on Verizon Business' world-class data infrastructure to help avoid downtime, control its own infrastructure operational costs, increase up-time and concentrate more fully on delivering Internet-centric services to its enterprise customers," said Jim DeMerlis, vice president, managed services, Verizon Business. "Verizon Business Data Center Services are a perfect match for companies like NOW Solutions needing a robust underlying infrastructure to deliver SaaS applications."

About NOW Solutions, Inc.
NOW Solutions, Inc. is a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) software and business solutions provider. A pioneer in HRMS solutions, NOW Solutions provides the capabilities companies need to manage their ever-changing workplace in the face of today's complex requirements through its main product, emPath®, which consists of a fully secure Web-based HRMS suite as well as a hosted solution. Payroll, recruiting, position control, benefits, absence and attendance tracking, employee reviews, career planning, employee/manager self-service and a powerful workflow engine to reduce or eliminate paper are among the many features of emPath. NOW Solutions is a respected business partner serving customers throughout the United States and Canada. NOW Solutions' presence can be found in industries including education, for-profit services, health care, high technology and communications, insurance, manufacturing, natural resources, not-for-profit, public sector, retail, transportation and utilities. NOW Solutions has offices in Fort Worth, Toronto and Brazil to serve its customers. Information on NOW Solutions and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at http://www.nowsolutions.com.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.