Thursday, October 09, 2008


2 New Tips and Tricks in the Help Desk

I've been adding new items to the NextComp help desk as I get questions or comments from subscribers. There are two new items today, one based on a question from a subscriber and one as a result of the online training.

If you haven't signed into the help desk before, it's really easy.

Visit this website:

On the right side of the page, click the Sign Up link.
Enter your name, email address and a password.

Then you'll be able to view the online knowledge base and submit and track help requests through the system.

Of course, contacting us through plain old e-mail works great too!

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Version 3 Navigation Preview

Here's a preview of Version 3's new navigation bar.

We've spent quite a bit of time looking at how the navigation within NEXTCOMP.NET can be streamlined and improved. We are still working out all the new navigation features. We're far enough along that we wanted to share some images from Version 3. The final navigation bar will most likely vary from this preview.

This is the Start Page running in the Firefox browser.

You can see that we've re-arranged the Start Page and changed the navigation bar at the top of the page.

The first button will always take you back to the Start Page.

The next button takes you to the Market Pricing page, where you can view your jobs, matches and projects.

A project is a new concept in Version 3. It allows you to group jobs together from one or more pay plans. For instance, if you are market pricing a group of IT jobs, you could add them to an "IT 2008" project. This allows you to view all the relevant jobs together without the hassle of searching and selecting indivual jobs from a list of all jobs.

The next button, Surveys, give you access to the tools for managing your survey library. We have a new way of managing surveys in Version 3. More on that topic in a future blog post.

The next button takes you to the Standard and Custom Query reports.

The reports will have a similar functionality as the current version. We do have some nice enhancements planned though, such as being able to add formulas to Custom Queries so that all of your analysis can be accomplished within NEXTCOMP.NET, rather than having to use Excel for parts of the analysis.

The next button allows you to manage your compensation models and you can quickly see a list of recently model jobs.

The next button gives you access to all of your organization's data.

Grouping fields, such as Job Group or Department play a larger role in reporting and analysis in Version 3, so this data type has it's own link. Locations have an expanded role as well. Version 3 will be able to automatically geographically factor data based on location, using geographic factors that you supply.

And finally, all of the tools you'll need to import data are located on the right of the navigation bar.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Training Videos From Session 1 Now Available

The training videos from session 1, recorded on September 25th, are now available on the Help page.

Session 1 covered setting up new pay plan, adding users, and configuring new user accounts.

There are five segments ranging in length from about 3 minutes to just over 15 minutes in length.
Click on the Online Help button on the Start Page. Scroll down the Help page to see the embedded videos.

The videos from session 2 and 3 will be available soon!

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Training Part 3 - Agenda

It's not too late to register. Just register for October 9th webinar and I'll send you the meeting information.

The purpose of this training session is to cover the Standard Reports and Custom Query options in NextComp, including how to export reports to Excel, Word, and Acrobat formats. We'll also cover the Market Pricing aspects of NextComp and how best to use some common Excel formulas for analysis.

Here's the agenda for Thursday October 9th's web training. This is the 3rd in a series of 3 trainings.

1. Overview of reporting options in NextComp

2. Pricing a job
  • We'll cover this process in more detail to demonstrate reporting options
3. Reporting on the results - Standard Reports
  • Job summary report
  • Data verification report
  • Pay Grade/Level report
  • Job Group report
4. Reporting on the results - Custom Queries
  • Rollup report
  • Job matching report
  • Employee data report
  • Common Excel functions, including filtering, sorting, comp. ratios, and amount to market calculations
I'm open to covering any topics that come up during the hour, so please feel free to send me any requests.

This webinar is open to all existing NEXTCOMP.NET subscribers.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Training Part 2 - Agenda

Here is an agenda for today's web training meeting.

The purpose of this second meeting is to go through the process of loading survey data and pricing jobs in a NextComp pay plan against the survey data.

The third meeting will cover reports and analysis.

Web Training Part #2
Tuesday, October 7th
10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


1. The Survey Data Loading template
2. Working with survey provider files
3. Importing a completed template
4. Matching a job to the newly loaded survey
5. Importing matches using the Match Import Template

I'm open to covering any topics that come up during the hour, so please feel free to send me any requests.

This webinar is open to all existing NEXTCOMP.NET subscribers.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008


Rescheduled: Training Webinar Part 2

The training webinar #2 has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, October 7th.
You still have time to register.

We'll be covering the following topics:
  • Loading Survey Data
  • Searching Survey Data
  • Matching My Jobs to Survey Data
  • Working With My Matches
  • Loading Matches
  • Other Matching Tools

Training Part 2
Tuesday, October 7th
10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (local time)
Register for October 7th webinar

Training Part 3 is on Thursday, October 9th
Thursday, October 9th
10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (local time)
Register for October 9th webinar

Part 3 will cover reporting and analysis of market data using NextComp and Excel.

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