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Benefitfocus Launches Quarterly Engineering Summit to Promote and Continue Growing Innovation Excellence
Aug 28, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Benefitfocus(R), the largest healthcare benefits software provider in the U.S., today began a new Engineering Summit designed specifically for Benefitfocus engineers to provide them with progressive methodology from notable developers. Held at the Company headquarters in Charleston and in Greenville, SC, engineers will have a forum to discuss the tools and methodology being used to build innovative applications that supersede the ever-evolving world of technology.

"We are ahead of the technology curve with software evolution designed by our engineers," shared Don Taylor, Benefitfocus chief technology officer. "These quarterly meetings will provide our engineers with technology training from industry experts while showing appreciation for our talented engineers." Taylor went to share that it is important to realize that our chief executive officer, Shawn Jenkins, shares the vision and appreciation for Benefitfocus engineers. "He realizes that our engineers are core to our mission as a Company," explained Taylor. "It is vital that we continue to provide opportunities for them to sharpen their saws and stretch their creative programming muscles."

While each Engineering Summit will be slightly different, the core components will include:

-- A message from Shawn Jenkins, Benefitfocus co-founder, president and ceo; -- The vision for engineering from Benefitfocus chief technology officer Don Taylor; -- Awards for outstanding achievement by Benefitfocus engineers; -- Panel discussions around projects which are currently underway across the division; -- Findings from internal engineering focus groups and -- An industry expert speaking on industry topics.

Professional programmer, architect, technologist and author Michael Nygard will be the industry expert and guest speaker for this inaugural event. He recently published "Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software," which discusses practical insights about architecting and designing software. During the sessions, Nygard will discuss Cloud Computing; a new concept coined by Gartner.

"This is an exciting time for our engineers - those who are currently here and those who are yet to join us," exclaimed Taylor. "As we mesh the Web 2.0 world with enterprise applications Benefitfocus will be able to rapidly forge new ground. These Engineering Summits will help strengthen our cohesiveness as a team while encouraging associates to independently pursue special projects and/or certifications they desire. At the rate we are growing, new opportunities abound for Benefitfocus engineers."

About Benefitfocus

Benefitfocus is the largest healthcare benefits software provider serving 145,740 employers, 410 insurance carriers, and 42 million consumers. Our technology solutions reduce costs, expand market share, manage risk and improve consumer satisfaction. Benefitfocus gives a competitive edge to carriers, employers and brokers as they help consumers manage complex decisions in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Benefitfocus can be reached at 843-849-7476 or at www.benefitfocus.com .

Contact: Joy Capps Benefitfocus 843-849-7476 | joy.capps@benefitfocus.com

CONTACT: Joy Capps, Benefitfocus, +1-843-849-7476, joy.capps@benefitfocus.com

Web site: http://www.benefitfocus.com/