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The success of cloud time and attendance solutions has made it all that more difficult to find the perfect fit for your company. And, despite what the so called experts are lamenting, it should be noted that the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a solution that’s based on cloud computing technology, not all solutions are created equal.

Implementing a cloud time and attendance represents a huge opportunity for your business, unprecedented affordability, flexibility and scalability to grow. And it will free up your IT staff from routine maintenance and allow them to focus on more pressing matters.

 Here are three common fairy tales about the cloud:

 With the cloud, you can by-pass some deployment steps-Assuming the cloud gives you leeway to skips certain steps can be a recipe for disaster. For example, skipping some steps during the deployment can cause distress for both vendor and customer— therefore, it’s important that the business process rollout goes through the checklist. Anything less, is sure to have dissatisfied end users.

The Cloud will always be more expensive in the end
That’s likely coming from someone who’s afraid of the advantages that the cloud can yield for their organization. The sheer ubiquity of the cloud means we are all using cloud computing technology in one way or anther, whether it’s banking online or retrieving our pay stubs through an Internet browser. The old way of deployment time and attendance equates to large upfront capital costs with incremental increases as companies add users and modules. And, when you add in the yearly maintenance cost, that typically hovers between 21-31 percent of the total value of the software which increases as the number of end-user licenses and modules increase, the cloud begins to look even more attractive.

 All Cloud solutions are the same-Another common misconception that all cloud time and attendance is created equal means that regardless of the solution, they call all fix the same problem. However, the reality is that not all cloud solutions are universally applicable-despite their best intentions, some solutions better support large companies, while other solutions cater to small and mid-size businesses. And, because something gives the impression of being big and well-designed does not mean it is the right solution for your business. The operative words here being “gives the impression”. In short, verify the solution you are leaning towards by actually speaking to some of the vendor’s customers.

Bottom Line: A cloud time and attendance will impact your company by helping you eliminate the headaches of the past. For example, a solution like ATS TimeWork OnDemand is always current, includes all software maintenance, scalability, and drives business process efficiencies.

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3 Common Fairy Tales About The Cloud

How relevant is the role of the CIO or IT manager in 2016? That depends on who you ask. Even strong proponents of cloud computing technology (ATS included) agree that while the role of these individuals may have changed over the years, they remain extremely important. There are, as always other factors to consider, like the size of the organization. For example a small company with 50 employees might do well with an outside IT consultant, while a company in excess of 300 employees may decide to employ in-house IT personnel. And, while solutions like cloud-based time and attendance are gaining wider acceptance that does not mean the role of IT is being diminished, in fact the reverse is true.

CIOs and IT managers alike need to remind their organizations of the important role that IT plays within the larger scope of the business. They should also not been seen as an agent who hate change, for example, an unwillingness to accept a cloud solution especially, if other businesses executives are open to exploring the idea.

The role of IT within an organization warrants attention because as technology advances, the future of companies will depend on the IT strategies employed by the key decision makers.  However, the lingering question is whether the decision makers for these new and advanced technologies will remain the responsibility of IT or if it will be assumed by others, internally or externally?

To learn about ATS cloud-based solutions, go to our website and download a brochure or demonstration. To attend one of our weekly webinars, call 866.294.2467 or register online.

Is The Role Of The IT Manager Still Important Within An Organization?

Organizations face many challenges, including; retaining a competitive edge, managing employees and keeping them productive and motivated, keeping cost low and increasing customer satisfaction. And, with all this to manage, you are likely not thinking about the negative impact your current time and attendance is having on your business. Here are five ways, your time and attendance system may be having a negative impact on your business:

Your company is losing money
If your current time and attendance is paper-based, there is no doubt you are wasting money by having someone manually calculate employee time, vacations, statutory holidays and host of other things that could easily automated. If you are using some off the shelf or outdated time and attendance solution, you will, at some point, have to pay for new versions, annual maintenance and software bug fixes. Wouldn’t it be nice, if you could have a solution that did not include these ongoing costs?

Limited Choices
You believe that the current version you have works. In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Sometimes, these words tend to be the last ones uttered before the system breaks down, or you come to the realization, that your system is not keeping pace with your business.

Do You Feel Trapped With Your Time And Attendance System?

Lack of Integration
Let’s say you have a mid-size company with 500 employees, wouldn’t it be awesome to have a time and attendance solution that’s intuitive, and can integrate to your; financials and job costing, payroll, human resources information system (HRIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM)? Moreover, your company cannot take advantage of real-time analytic reporting if you are using an outdated time and attendance solution. A 21st century cloud-based time and attendance solution connects to mobile devices and is available from anywhere, at anytime propels your business further and provides greater efficiency.

Upgrading will be a piece of cake or, so you think
Upgrading can sometimes cost the same as what you spent a few short years ago on a new time and attendance system. Also upgrading to a new solution will likely require stakeholders to ensure the business requirements are met. After all, your business requirements have likely changed from a few years ago when you first implemented the solution. In short order, that quick upgrade you were going to get, might end up lasting longer than you had planned for.

Customized System
If your current system is customized, it can create problems with upgrading or its ability adhere to bug fixes – more often than not, this can lead organizations to defer upgrades, sometimes indefinitely. Who wants to be stuck with a time and attendance system that is so heavily customized that it prevents a company from taking advantage of newer versions? With an ATS cloud-based time and attendance upgrades are built-in and takes place without interruption to your company’s business operations.

Deploying a best-in-class time and attendance solution based on today’s technology, enables businesses in various industries, to adhere to multi-jurisdictional and legal compliance differences at the local, provincial, federal and state level. ATS TimeWork OnDemand provides real-time visibility, streamlines payroll costs, increase workforce productivity and gives you access to multiple levels of consolidated reporting and enterprise-wide Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), all displayed in real time, on dashboards.

To learn more, go to our website and register for a free webinar, download brochures or a demonstration. You can also join the conversation through LinkedIn, Google+ or Twitter.

In recent years, the popularity of cloud-based software solutions has grown exponentially. But it was too long ago that some doubters viewed software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions as the brand new toy that would fade away from the collective memory of most business executives. As it turned out, the reverse happened. In fact many businesses would prefer to deploy a business management software solution in weeks not years and do not want to hassle of having their IT department maintain a Server for each software application. And in today’s very competitive business landscape who wants to maintain expensive servers when there are less expensive alternatives like a cloud-based application.

Joe McKendrick, contributor on Forbes.com said in a recent article “Benefits already seen from current cloud deployments include the simplification of internal operations (37 percent); better delivery of internal resources (33 percent); and new ways for employees to work, connect, and collaborate (31 percent). Also on the list of cloud benefits realized are faster rollout of new business initiatives to exploit new opportunities (at 23 percent) and improved ability to acquire, share, analyze, and act on data (23 percent).”

If your company happens to be one of the many, that’s struggling to collect employee hours using paper-based time sheets, there is a better and more productive way-ATS TimeWork On-Demand. Your company can tap into the rapid innovation that the ATS Time and Attendance On-Demand, enables and adapt your time collection processes quickly to evolve with the 21st century. ATS time and attendance can manage your entire workforce – business analytics, time tracking, budgeting and forecasting and workforce planning  – in the cloud and with seamless integration to, Payroll, Talent Management,  Enterprise Resources Planning, (ERP), Human Resources and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

To learn more, download a demonstration, join a live webinar or contact one of account representatives at 866.294.2467.

Adoption Of Cloud-Based Applications Is On The Upswing

When planned properly, a well implemented time and attendance can yield significant benefits for all stakeholders. Using ATS project methodology, it can be applied to large and medium-sized implementations. Depending on the size of the project, flowchart diagrams will point you to tools and templates that can be used at different phases and will help guide the roles that are required to perform activities. They all help to increase the consistency, timeframes, quality and success of your company’s time and attendance system.

Depending on the project size and scope ATS uses different deployment methodolies. Here are 5 steps that will benefit any organization considering deploying ATS time and attendance system:

Planning-Your company’s project manager and that of the vendor should work together to form the implementation team, and plan the project based on a methodology, including the scope of the project and available resources. A kickoff meeting should include all stakeholders with the purposing of reviewing the project plan and communicate the company objectives for the project.

System Configuration- The ATS Implementation Analyst provides the knowledge to implementation team in the design and database configuration. This will include, work-rule policies, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and setting up the time and attendance system.

Harmonization-This phase involves integrating ATS Time and Attendance and Business Analytical Applications with the customer’s information needs and addresses customization requirements.

Training- ATS implementation team trains the Project Manager, HR, Payroll and other functional users on the new employee time management system.

Go-Live Support- ATS implementation team supports the customer in the use of the new time and attendance system. The implementation team provides real time support.

While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides a benchmark of what our customers can expect when deploying a time and attendance solutions with ATS.

To download a comprehensive implementation methodology, go to our website or call us at 1(866) 294.2467.

 

 

Just a few short years ago, there was a lot of skepticism about using cloud-based applications. Today, businesses are adopting cloud-based time and attendance solutions in growing numbers. That’s in part, to the advancement of technology and low total cost of ownership that comes with the deployment of cloud based applications.

ATS Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enables companies to streamline business operations by offering flexible time and attendance solutions including: rapid deployment with user interfaces, business analytics, forecasting, overtime equalization, attendance management and employee self-service modules. Our TimeWork dashboard offers you tremendous flexibility to optimize your payroll and HR departments. The solution effectively integrates with Payroll, Human Resources Management System (HRMS), Talent Management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to enhance electronic workflows that provide seamless data integration across every department. 

 Top five reasons customers deployed an ATS cloud-based time and attendance solution:

Access Anywhere – ATS SaaS time and attendance systems can be easily and securely accessed through the Internet, from any web browser including: Google Chrome, FireFox or Internet Explorer.

Software Updates – Our cloud-based solution is upgraded regularly in conjunction with our software developer releases, with no disruption to end-users.

Pay Only What You Use – ATS subscription based model means that companies only pay for the number of user licenses used each month.

Predictable Costs – Our hosting fees are known in advance and can be easily forecasted.

Robust and Scalable – TimeWork is robust and reliable software that gives companies a real-time view of their business. Our time management solution is hosted in an environment that can be dynamically scaled to meet our customers demand and deliver acceptable performance levels.

 ATS cloud time and attendance software provides unparalleled coverage and access to operational intelligence. This allows managers to make decisions based on real-time data, and enables continuous improvement in business operations.

To learn more contact us at; 1.866.294.2467 or view a demonstration go to our website.

Every few years your company sets aside some time to review demos and understand the benefits of time and attendance. After a few weeks, you decide not to make a purchase and stay with your current excel and paper tracking time sheet process. Over the years, we at ATS have heard of numerous reasons why some companies do not want to upgrade to a solution can make their lives easier.

 Some these reasons include:
“Our current system is old but it works.”
“We have looked at this before and senior management does not want to spend money on a system like this.”
“I am not convinced we can streamline our process if we purchase this system.”

Based on our experience it is often the fear of change that makes companies reluctant to adopt something new. The antiquated method of capturing employee data, although comforting, leads to erroneous mistakes and wastes valuable resources.

ATS time management software is both efficient and affordable. Because of the flexibility of the system, it easily adaptes to any industry and lowers operational costs from the very beginning.

Sometimes being reluctant to implement a software solution that can streamline business processes can be attributed to a number of factors including; limited cash on hand, uncertainty about the current state of the economy and a fear of change. While a delay can sometimes be due to limited resources in difficult times and while this may, on the surface, appear to be a prudent course of action, the cost of doing nothing is costing companies thousands of dollars each year in lost productivity.

Both large and small businesses understand that in order to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, it’s not enough to merely do more with less. It means reviewing all current practices and utilizing resources wisely.  One of the most effective tools, to help that cause, is the implementation of an effective time and attendance solution that contains business intelligence and analytic reporting tools to achieve desired profits. 

To learn more go to our website and to view a demonstration, contact a software account executive.

 

 

Purchasing a workforce management solution is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. Part of making sure this solution meet your expectations is doing your due diligence. The easy part is that flashy employee time and attendance software come a dime a dozen. You need to get past the smoke and mirrors and settle on a time management solution with the core fundamentals that meet your company’s needs.

Here are three powerful components you can expect from an ATS Workforce Management Software:

Enabling your business- Our time management software is equipped to handle challenges faced by many industries including; manufacturing, healthcare, oil and gas, distribution and retail. ATS TimeWork offers a set of core enterprise-wide workflow management software features that help you transform your business into a real-time, on demand organization, responsive to the needs of your customers.

Reduce cost and streamline operations– Our solution is both affordable and is designed to dramatically lower typical deployment system costs. Because TimeWork is easily configurable lowers your costs from the very beginning. The end result is cost-effectiveness combined with maximum functionality for your overall operation. The ATS Time and Attendance software will adapt to your information flow quickly and without additional software development expenses. Our solution, once deployed can easily be transferred to other sites while safeguarding the consistency of all your data and processes.

Increase productivity and grow your business- TimeWork interactive dashboard brings all the information that you need for your business right at your fingertips. Our workforce management solution allows you to consolidate the latest information within your organization – and make faster, better informed decisions on all levels. Our time and attendance software integrates all of your company’s management processes and enables users to access this information within a standardized system. This gives all employees access to all the information whenever they need it. Integrating resources is efficient and helps companies quickly react to new market trends.

ATS TimeWork is a best-of-breed time management software that offers the flexibility and functionality you need to manage a competitive business. Our solutions are designed for mid and large corporations with a focus on streamlining payroll costs. 

To learn more go to our website or to speak to one of our software representatives call us at 1.866.294.2467.

 

 

Cloud computing services have become ubiquitous in recent years, yet there is nothing new about cloud computing. Some businesses have been slow to adopt it, in part because it was new to them and there were concerns regarding data security. These are both valid concerns; but as companies began to understand the advantages of a cloud based solution it has slowly gained traction in the business community.

 A 2011 study by AMD revealed that “Cloud computing is maturing rapidly, with 70 percent of respondents indicating they are either using or currently investigating cloud computing for remotely hosted applications or to store data.”  

When you consider the power of an ATS cloud based workforce management software in terms of its quick deployment, it is no wonder this model is fast becoming a staple for small and large organizations alike. IBM also found out in its own study that “More than 3,000 global CIOs of organizations are ready to embrace cloud computing over the next five years as a means of growing their businesses and achieving competitive advantage. The figure nearly doubles the number of CIOs who said they would utilize cloud in IBM’s 2009 CIO study, and is one of dozens of new insights and trends learned from CIOs worldwide in businesses of all sizes.”

ATS Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) time and attendance is a subscription based solution that changes the way you acquire and use business automation solutions. Our intuitive product provides your company with the flexibility to innovate your business while paying for only what you need. The ATS workforce management software suite, is designed for rapid installation so you can adapt to changing business needs as they evolve. Our solution streamlines the payroll process and provides an ROI in a matter of weeks with this SaaS integrated workforce management suite.

If you are still on the fence about using a cloud based time and attendance here is what you should know. The ATS SaaS time and attendance is cost-effective and easy to deploy. Our integrated solutions can grow with your business and seamlessly integrate with: Payroll Software Solutions, ERP, HRIS, Talent Management, CRM and other business applications. In addition, our application can be used with all smart phones and PC tablets.

To learn more, go to our website or contact one of our software representatives.

 

In a recent conversation that one of our software representatives had with a potential customer, he revealed his disappointment with the way his company was keeping track of employee time. It turns out that they have been using paper timesheets since the inception of the company some 30 years ago, despite having in excess of 300 employees. Naturally our representative asked why his company had not automated the tracking of employee time and attendance before. The customer’s response, “Our corporate culture has been that we do not want to be seen as untrustworthy of our employees.”

The use of workforce management software is increasing as organizations seek to get an accurate handle on payroll costs while simultaneously improving productivity. Studies by industry giant Canadian Payroll Association have shown that companies who automate their business process with workforce management software have historically decreased the time it takes to prepare payroll by about 80% and have saved companies 3-5% on their net payroll costs.

Maximizing cost-effectiveness and productivity is the goal of a workforce management software, and ATS time attendance solutions provides businesses the tools to measure and monitor employee activities. Our application provides a range of real-time reporting and analysis. HR, payroll professionals and supervisors can perform data discovery by drilling down through the integrated dashboard and reports, which represent attendance-related analytics.

In summary, the ATS Workforce Management Software provides you with access to:

1)       An employee self-service portal for vacation and benefit accruals

2)       Visibility of multiple locations in real-time

3)       Seamless transfer of employee data to payroll, HRIS, Talent Management, ERP and other applications

4)       The ability to access the software from anywhere, anytime in the world

5)       A variety of employee data collectors

To learn more about our time and attendance solutions/workforce management software and how they can benefit your company, go to our website and join the conversation with an ATS Software representative.