July 1, 2008 - XAware, Inc. is contributing its data integration software and professional services to the Armed Forces Support Foundation’s Hire A Hero network.


Hire A Hero is an online social network that provides the infrastructure, tools and support needed for service members to find a quality career upon their return from active duty. Since its founding in January 2007, Hire A Hero has come in contact with over 190,000 service members and helped many transition back into the civilian world.


The vast majority of the transitioning military community is men and women in their 20s. These veterans are comfortable with online social networking tools such as instant messaging, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. Similar to these social networking sites, Hire A Hero users are able to create online profiles that can communicate the individual’s story and career objectives, including pictures, resumes, podcasts and videos.


Hire A Hero is working with companies of all sizes, management associations, staffing companies and trade unions to bolster its national network and provide quality job opportunities for service personnel.


“The men and women who protect our country should be rewarded, not penalized, for their service,” said Brac Selph, executive director of Hire A Hero. “Unfortunately, the unemployment rate among veterans is consistently higher than nonveterans. And for those that do find work, underemployment can often be a problem. XAware’s pro-bono data exchange services and donated licenses of salesforce.com’s Software as a Service [customer relationship management (CRM)] solution have been instrumental in allowing us to connect service members with people who can help them get good, well paying jobs and more importantly connect back into their community.”


Hire A Hero uses the Salesforce CRM application to help automate the job placement process for veterans as part of salesforce.com’s 1 percent product donation program. As is the case with the general population, service members use a variety of different computing systems. This produces incoming data in an assortment of formats. In an effort to integrate these different forms of data, Hire A Hero turned to the XAware Plug-in for Salesforce. XAware is an open source product that hides the differences and complexity of data coming from disparate sources. XAware transforms the data into a common format that can be understood and used by Hire-A-Hero’s Salesforce system.

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