We just got back from [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd) in Chicago! What an event! There were over 78 countries represented, nearly 20,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors! Between networking events, sessions and a very busy exhibit booth, we have to say it was one of the best SHRM events yet! In addition, [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd) was where we unveiled our newest editions of [LeaveXpert!](http://optis.com/leavexpert) We are thrilled with the response so far and are excited to see what our newest [trial users](https://www.leavexpert.com/) and customers think of the upgrades. For those of you that missed the announcement, here’s a [copy of the press release](http://optis.com/about-us/news/optis-releases-next-evolution-leave-software-offers-free-trial). Also, did you know that absence costs U.S. employers approximately $100 billion annually? It’s true. And organizations simply can’t afford to not have a handle on leave in today’s workplace. With our new version of LeaveXpert, we’re filling the void in the absence management industry with a ***true cloud-based, immediate-access leave management software solution.*** We’re so excited to keep spreading the word about our upgraded LeaveXpert … [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd) was just the beginning. [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd) was the first stop on our Optis Illumination Tour and we’ll be visiting the industry’s biggest events and discussing the factors that help companies get a handle on leave for the rest of the year! (Look for us at [#DMEC2013](https://twitter.com/search/?q=%23DMEC2013) and [#HRTech](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HRTech&src=typd).) We will be showcasing LeaveXpert with three new product editions, Essential, Plus and Unlimited, that can help organizations of all sizes see bottom-line business results through effective leave and absence management. Businesses can avoid the disruptions that absence causes by illuminating their leave data - from understanding the leave usage in their companies to seeing the direct and indirect costs of absence. Our new LeaveXpert is: + A truly cloud-based leave management software solution + Built for organizations of all sizes + A system that provides data and greater insight into leave events + Capable of quick implementation, providing immediate access to leave data Need proof? A [30-day free trial](https://www.leavexpert.com/) is available to see how LeaveXpert can work for your organization. Sign up today! And thanks to everyone who stopped by during [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd)! See you in Orlando at [#SHRM14](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM14&src=typd)!