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Shaker Consulting Group's Virtual Job Tryout(R) Achieves Oracle Validated Integration With Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service

Integration Extends Reach of Unique, Gamified Pre-Employment Testing Simulations to More HR Professionals and Recruiters Worldwide

CLEVELAND, OH -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Shaker Consulting Group, a Gold level member of Oracle® Partner Network (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of its Virtual Job Tryout® solution with the Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service, a component of Oracle Talent Management Cloud. This Oracle Validated Integration will combine Oracle's cloud platform for human capital management for midsize companies and organizations with the unique candidate application process to help improve employee selection and help companies make better hiring decisions.

To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers.

A highly customizable simulation for pre-employment testing with gamelike components, Virtual Job Tryout offers a distinct competitive advantage for companies by engaging candidates with a realistic and memorable job preview. According to Shaker Consulting Group's research, the majority of candidates surveyed would refer others based on the unique nature of their Virtual Job Tryout application experience. Virtual Job Tryout helps improve companies' staffing processes through four specific metrics -- predictive candidate data, increased staffing efficiency, reduced staffing waste and improved new hire performance.

"With realistic simulations that present an engaging test drive of a variety of job demands, our clients are using the analytic power of Virtual Job Tryouts to improve the accuracy and quality of their hires while enhancing their candidates' experience," said Shaker co-founder Brian Stern. "From financial institutions to specialty retailers and every type of business in between, companies are using our solution to measure critical success-related characteristics of a candidate and enable HR professionals and recruiters to better identify qualified candidates and make more reliable staffing decisions."

"Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence that the integration between Shaker Consulting Group's Virtual Job Tryout and Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service is functionally sound and performs as tested," said Kevin O'Brien, senior director, ISV and SaaS Strategy, Oracle. "For solutions deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or both, Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical review and test process that helps to reduce deployment risk and improves the user experience of the partner's integrated offering."

About Shaker Consulting Group
Shaker Consulting Group is a leader in developing custom simulations for pre-employment testing. Their proprietary and award winning Virtual Job Tryout presents candidates with a day-in-the-life experience that educates and engages the individual, while obtaining a work sample that predicts job-fit and competencies critical for success. Virtual Job Tryout has been deployed across most industries for positions from entry-level to mid-management. Clients can achieve a documented return on investment from measurable staffing process improvement. More information can be found at http://www.shakercg.com

About Oracle Validated Integration
Oracle Validated Integration, available through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), gives customers confidence that the integration of complementary partner software products with Oracle Applications and specific Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions have been validated, and the products work together as designed. This can help customers reduce risk, improve system implementation cycles, and provide for smoother upgrades and simpler maintenance. Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical process to review partner integrations. Partners who have successfully completed the program are authorized to use the "Oracle Validated Integration" logo. For more information, please visit Oracle.com at http://www.oracle.com/us/partnerships/solutions/index.html.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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