On its first day of operations IDG Communications' recruitment site offered 1200 local job opportunities.
This makes JobUniverse the leading local job site for IT recruitment.
JobUniverse.co.nz is part of a global IDG initiative that will see recruitment sites in many of the more than 75 countries IDG operates in. JobUniverse had its beginnings with the Jobfinder.ie recruitment site in Ireland at Dublin-based Scope Communications. Scope publishes three IT publications in Ireland as a licensee of IDG. Scope publisher Frank Quinn was in New Zealand last week to meet with IDG staff.
Quinn started JobUniverse globally with a presentation to IDG managers in Europe. As a result, IDG decided to develop a gateway site for IT recruitment, which would amalgamate content from all IDG recruitment sites around the world.
However, Quinn said few IDG business units had recruitment sites - only Denmark and Sweden had full sites.
The challenge was working from the ground up, to roll out separate sites to IDG business units.
Quinn says this is a better approach than that of many of the big US sites , where sites are built from the top down and only have a smattering of overseas jobs.
The aim was to build one large piece of programming with an enterprise back end, make it a robust system, host it centrally in Ireland and roll out clones of that site to business units around the world - each of them hosted on the central server.
JobUniverse.com (the beginnings of the super-site originally envisaged) is running on NT, with Informix as the backend, and using Cold Fusion as the middleware.
The JobUniverse.com site features jobs from IDG recruitment sites in the US, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Quinn would like to see 10 countries on the site by June.
"We developed the core system in three months and went into live beta testing. We had some issues with multithreading on Cold Fusion which Allaire is looking at, but there have been no issues with the robustness of the database. At the level we're at now, Informix isn't flexing its muscles."
It's running on a triple server configuration, with three 400MHz dual-processor systems - running the database, middleware and Web server.
Quinn says one major challenge for a global implementation has been the way different sites want to treat data input.
As well as rolling out new JobUniverse sites, data from existing sites has also been integrated into JobUniverse.com.
"There we faced the challenge of massaging data from the diverse models into one concept."
So the team wrote a system called Exadus, developed in Java and designed to go to remote servers, to work with their data set and reconfigure the information into the JobUniverse.com format.