Improvements Launched, Planned for

By SHRM Online staff Apr 11, 2011
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Visitors to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website likely will enjoy a smoother experience, thanks to the new search engine SHRM launched mid-March for internal and external users.

“The main thing about the new search engine is Google technology,” making it about five times faster, said Sergey Yudkovsky, manager, web and application development, for SHRM’s Technology/Global Business Solutions Division.

“It definitely returns results faster,” processing about 35 to 40 requests per minute during peak time, he said. “In the future we want to customize it more,” he added, such as making the SHRM HR Discipline landing pages consistent with each other to make it easier and faster for visitors to find the information they seek.

One of the improvements will be more optimized search results, he said. A visitor on the site looking for information on the Family and Medical Leave Act, for example, would find related articles, E-learning courses and SHRMStore books on that topic, he said.

Additionally, the site’s front page and other pages will be redesigned for a more consistent, streamlined look and easier navigation, according to Yudkovsky.

The changes are SHRM’s response to its members and its staff, according to Chad Houghton, director of SHRM’s Global Business Solutions Division, who noted that “an improved search engine will help them find the content they want faster and easier.”

Launching the new search engine was “a big leap forward,” Houghton told SHRM staff in a memo, and he sees more changes to come.

That includes improving by “rolling out a series of enhancements and improvements” such as free user applications “that will provide mobile access to content on our site,” he said.

The first application, SHRM 2011, is devoted to the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference scheduled for June 26-29 in Las Vegas. Launched in March 2011, it provides information and updates about all the Annual Conference speakers, exhibitors and sessions. Users can use it to build their personalized conference schedule and read live tweets.

SHRM 2011 is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices; there also is a widget-like application for BlackBerry 5.0 and 6.0. Information on downloading the application is available at

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