ISYS product: ISYS:sdk
Benefit: Providing powerful search functionality within the
Profile 2000 recruitment software.
Data indexed: Job candidate resumes, attachments & multimedia
files - from 1GB to 100GB.
Performance: Tested at a load of 1,400 simultaneous users
with no degradation in search response time.
Used ISYS since: 1992
ISYS and Microdec
UK-based Microdec (www.microdec-profile.com)
develops and distributes the highly successful Profile 2000 software,
which includes embedded ISYS search. Designed for recruiters and human
resource professionals, Profile 2000 is a Windows-based multimedia database
system that supports the recruitment process, from executive search and
selection through to contingency planning and staff management.
Microdec first developed Profile in 1992, to meet the demand from recruiters
for an automated, searchable and scalable candidate database solution.
As recruiters and applicants increasingly adopted email and the Internet
during the recruitment process, the need arose for recruiters to be able
to categories, organize and retrieve the information that they collected.
Profile was developed to provide this functionality, automatically uploading
all candidate information to a Sybase database - not just resumes, but
also images, videos, documents or other files relevant to a particular
From the start it was obvious that effective search would be critical
to ensuring the success of the Profile software. Candidate information
is added to the Profile system automatically, without the need for it
to be viewed or checked manually. As such, the search function is the
most practical, user-friendly way for recruiters to retrieve relevant
candidates from the potentially thousands of records stored in their system.
Microdec selected ISYS to deliver this critical component of their application.
Using the ISYS:sdk, Microdec's developers incorporated high-speed searching
into Profile via a customized search interface. The ISYS engine was used
to index the underlying database as well as attachments, documents and
According to Mark Bowyer, Technical Account Manager at Microdec, ISYS
was selected for two key reasons. Firstly, it provided all the required
functionality, at an extremely competitive price. Secondly, they needed
a product that wouldn't require end users to perform extensive maintenance.
"A lot of the smaller firms don't have the resources to do extensive
ongoing maintenance," says Bowyer, "the nice thing about Profile
2000, and ISYS as part of the product, is that is doesn't require a lot
Throughout the initial development process, as well as during subsequent
upgrade projects, Microdec received support directly from ISYS developers.
Round the clock first-level support was also provided via the ISYS help
desks, located in the USA, UK and Australia.
Performance-wise, Microdec has tested Profile 2000 and knows it can scale
to meet the most demanding of customer environments. The company conducted
performance testing at an IBM Testing Center and was able to show strong
performance even with 1,400 simultaneous users accessing the system at
once. This is important for the company's larger customers, some of whom
have databases reaching 70GB in size, to which 500 - 1,000 resumes may
be added every day. With ISYS, Microdec was able to provide search response
times that were not significantly affected by such large data volumes
or simultaneous data requests.
Profile 2000 is now used by hundreds of customers worldwide, with installations
ranging from multinational agencies with thousands of users, to specialist
executive search firms with one or two consultants. Paul Brown is Group
IT Manager at the global recruitment firm Reed Health Group. He introduced
Profile to Reed Health in 2001, to assist its 350 staff in placing 30,000
candidates across the world each month. With 1,000 applications received
monthly, an automated tool such as Profile was critical in providing staff
with quick and easy access to new candidate information. "Profile
is our core application," says Brown, "It's extremely important
to our business." He points to the excellent search facility and
ease of maintenance as key attributes of the software. Brown estimates
that since implementing the software, they've experienced a 50% improvement
in productivity. "Now we can concentrate on where we really add value,"
he says, "finding the right person for the job."
Find out more about Microdec and Profile 2000 at www.microdec-profile.com.