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Small and mid-size companies that use the cloud spend 40 percent less on the need for a fulltime IT person. Deploying a time and attendance solution to the cloud is much faster and don’t need as much of an investment in upgrading infrastructure and as a result, this frees up expenses that would otherwise, be used for upgrading server licenses-thus making more capital available to support business growth.

3 Great Reasons To Move Your Employee Time Tracking To The Cloud

So, if you happen to be one of those companies that are still sitting on the fence, when it comes to embracing the cloud, here are some compelling reasons to take note.

  1. The Cloud is simple to use: A cloud-based time and attendance is easier to implement, and use when compared to the traditional on-premise solutions. With a cloud-based time and attendance– commonly referred to as software-as-a-service (SaaS) – you only pay for what you use. For example, a large hotel chain will have a high number of employees during the summer months, as this tends to be the busiest time of the year for that industry – but during the fall and winter months, those numbers will decrease. A company using ATS TimeWork OnDemand can scale easily, thus paying for only the employees who are working during this slow period.
  1. Mobile: With a application like ATS TimeWork OnDemand employee self-service (ESS),  a company can now give its employees the ability to request time-off, switch shifts and review hours worked at anytime, from anywhere instead of using paper time cards or spreadsheets. In the cloud, employees only need an Internet connection and they can tap into the power of mobility.
  1. Efficient and compliant: A growing body of evidence highlights the efficiencies and return on investment (ROI) that many businesses are experiencing by moving to the cloud.  Companies are required to comply with ever changing payroll and other workforce related rules- a cloud-based time and attendance like ATS TimeWork OnDemand can help businesses keep with these rules and other compliance matters, while driving business growth.

To learn about ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance, go to our website. You can download brochures, pre-recorded demonstrations or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

Adapting To Change Is Not Easy, But Is Necessary For Growth

January 25th, 2017 | Posted by ATS in Cloud Based Time Management Solution | Cloud Computing | SaaS Time and Attendance | TimeWork OnDemand - (Comments Off on Adapting To Change Is Not Easy, But Is Necessary For Growth)

To grow an organization has to be willing to adapt to change. And, sometimes change is forced upon businesses who believing in charting the same course, regardless of what’s going on around them. In today’s rapidly changing and technology driven world-those who believe in doing what they have always done, can become extinct quickly.

Adapting To Change Is Not Easy, But Is Necessary For Growth

In a recent article titled, ‘Why Innovators Should Study the Rise and Fall of the Venetian Empire’ written for Harvard Business Review, by Piero Formica he succinctly states “The stronger the assumption that the future will function as today does, the greater the gravitational force of the status quo. Organizations set in their ways slow down and never strive for new horizons. They are doomed to wither.”

The power of cloud computing, for example, allows businesses to gain easy access to their company’s data, and at the same time, save them money. And, for the naysayers who are worried that they will end up paying for features that they neither need nor want, ATS cloud time and attendance solution is based on pay-as-you-go.

In fact, most companies already use a variety of cloud computing services without even realizing it—Google Drive, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all cloud-based applications. For all of these services, users are sending their personal data to a cloud-hosted server that stores the information for later access. And as useful as these applications are for personal use, they’re even more valuable for businesses that need to be able to access large amounts of data over a secure, online network connection.

So, if we are so open to sending our personal information through the cloud whether it’s through online banking transactions or using Google every day, why the hesitation when it comes to adopting a time and attendance that’s in the cloud? Here is the most poignant paragraph from Piero Formica’s article and it reads in part;

“If you don’t want to be caught by surprise, you have to recognize that the future will be different from the past. The future is unfathomable, ambiguous, and open to every option. One major move by a competitor, or one new technology, is sometimes all it takes to end an empire. If your current business is like a carefully tended garden, with neat beds and high walls, that’s not enough. The next opportunity (or threat) may lie outside those walls, at the messy intersection of sectors and markets.”

If your current IT resources are forcing you to give all of your attention to software installed on a computer and constant slow network issues when, trying to obtain relevant data then you are not going to be able to concentrate on achieving your business goals. And, that’s no way to run a business.  However, by deploying a cloud time and attendance like ATS, you will have more time to devote towards the aspects of your business that directly affect your bottom line and be able to care of your customers.

To learn more about ATS Cloud Time and Attendance, go to our website. To reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.

 

There is no denying that ATS Time and Attendance in the cloud is a cost effective way for small, mid-size and even large enterprises to deploy our solution without leaving a strain on their budgets, while allowing them to remain agile, and operate in real-time. Some, however, would suggest that there is only way to deploy a time and attendance solution. We, at ATS, are here to proclaim otherwise.

ATS is a time and attendance is a leader in both on premises and cloud-based applications however, we believe in providing choice to our customers, and that includes, your choice of deployment. So, if the needs of your business operations change and you need a company with deep industry expertise, with a solution that’s scalable and — can accommodate your business requirements, here are some deployment options:

ATS Single-Tenant Deployment-This methodology gives customers greater control over their time and attendance deployment, and system administrative configuration.

ATS Multi-Tenant-A low cost deployment methodology that eradicates software upgrade headaches, provides immense flexibility, scalability, and high performance.

 Hybrid Deployment-In this scenario, some enterprise customers with different locations may want a mix of cloud and on premises. This type of deployment is most common with multi-nationals and/or companies with various locations spread across remote locations and who may have a centralized IT department to support their initiatives.

On Premises Deployment-ATS on premises time and attendance is the traditional deployment methodology that gives you the peace of mind that it accompanies. We provide an option for customers to move from on-premises into the cloud.

So, there you have it. You have choices, and as a leading solution provider, ATS can help you choose the deployment option that works for your business.

To learn more, call 866.294.2467 or go to our website.

Here’s The Straight Talk, Cloud Vs On Premises Deployment

If you are considering a time and attendance solution for your organization, chances are you’re being bombarded with choices. And, having choices is a good thing. But as you explore your options, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is whether to select a cloud-based time and attendance or one that will be installed locally on your server and workstations within your organization.

The basic difference between a solution installed on your server (or as its commonly referred to, “on-premise”) and a cloud time and attendance is clear:  a solution installed on your company’s server is typically managed your IT resource/consultant, while a cloud time and attendance—is provided as a service. This type of deployment brings with it a range of flexibility. For example, cloud time and attendance data is managed centrally by the vendor and is accessed by customers through any web browser (in the Internet “cloud”) including; Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Here are some key factors to consider when deciding whether to deploy a cloud time and attendance or one an on-premise.

Cost of Ownership
An on-premise time and attendance usually require large upfront and ongoing investments to purchase and manage the software, hardware, servers, to run it. If, for example your organization does not have internal and/or an experienced IT team that means additional costs that you may not have budgeted for. And, when its time to upgrade, your IT resource has to go through the arduous steps of reinstalling the time and attendance and any customizations that were installed on the previous version.

ATS Time and Attendance in the cloud, initial costs are typically lower, when compared to an on-premise, because the software is configured and deployed using your company’s specific requirements.  ATS hosts and maintains the IT infrastructure, thus, ensuring your system is always running with the latest updates without breaking your previously implemented configurations. And, with a predictable, pay-as-you-go subscription model this can make cash flow management and planning much easier for companies.

Why Time And Attendance In The Cloud?

Deployment
Deploying time and attendance requires careful planning and takes time. ATS time and attendance in the cloud, offers superior advantages when compared to an on-premise deployment. In the world of on-premise deployment a company has to install an IT infrastructure, and additional hardware to maintain the application. With ATS time and attendance in the cloud, it can be deployed across multiple regions, provinces, divisions, subsidiaries and countries thus, avoiding associated costs with those rollouts. When you select ATS time and attendance in the cloud, it usually takes 2-4 months of roll out compared to the12 months it takes to implement an on-premise solution.

Always On, Anywhere Anytime
With ATS time and attendance in the cloud that means you gain instant access to a suite of workforce management tools that your teams need to make more informed decisions. The solution provides real-time data that can be accessed via the Internet anywhere at any time. That means that staff at your company can see accurate information on smart-phones, tablet devices and laptops while they travel or telecommute. And, whether your workforce is located in the same building, different locations, or on the other side of the globe — ATS time and attendance in the cloud deployment means you’re all working in unison.

When it comes to deploying ATS time and attendance in the cloud, you can count on ATS for the experience you expect. This agile deployment methodology is combined with innovative cloud computing technology, and deep domain expertise, working with customers across industries and geographies, to streamline your cloud deployment and speed your time to value.

Every business is unique, so taking the time to consider how different your time and attendance deployment options will affect your company is critical. To learn more about deploying ATS time and attendance in the cloud solution, contact us.

Today’s business executives face a plethora of choices, when shopping for a cloud-based time and attendance and yet, not all cloud solution vendors and/or their deployment methodologies are born equal. ATS TimeWork OnDemand is designed to accommodate robust data capture, adhere to ever changing workforce compliance and complexity, and is equally matched by dependable performance in the cloud.

No Two Cloud Solutions Are Created Equal

 

When faced with a bewildering choice of cloud-based time and attendance vendors, business executives, should look for some of the following:

Scalability
The fact that you are shopping for a cloud solution, probably means you understand there are cost savings with not having to purchase expensive Servers and yearly licenses not to the mention the cost of an IT department or person to manage said Server. So, with this in mind, the chosen solution should be nimble enough to grow with your business and, at the same time allow you to scale down if and when necessary.

Ease-Of-Use
The whole point of deploying a cloud-based time and attendance is that it should not be a burdern your HR and Payroll practitioner. In fact, it should lessen the workload with a set of easy-to-use, dashboards, broad-based capabilities and slew of analytics, at your fingertips, with a goal of improving productivity.

Deployment
Unlike traditional on-premise time and attendance takes time and requires a great deal of planning but ATS TimeWork OnDemand offers significant advantages when you consider its speed of deployment. Since ATS TimeWork requires no additional hardware, this means there is no need to install an IT infrastructure and/or apply Server updates and buy expensive licenses.

Bottom-line, every business is unique, even those that are in the same industry so taking the time to consider the differences in time and attendance cloud solutions and, the options they each one offers will affect your company’s decision. To learn more ATS TimeWork OnDemand and our deployment methodologies, contact us.

To download ATS TimeWork OnDemand demonstration, go to our website. You can also register for one of our bi-weekly webinars.

Improve Efficiency with ATS Award-Winning Time and Attendance Solution

March 1st, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Cloud Time and Attendance | ERP | Payroll | SaaS Time and Attendance | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Improve Efficiency with ATS Award-Winning Time and Attendance Solution)

Operating a business in the 21st century requires efficiency across all business processes – time and attendance and payroll included. When the tracking of employee hours is automated and integrated, there’s no need for HR and payroll practitioners to manually gather, input, and reconcile data located in disparate software. You avoid duplicate data entry and potential errors that are costly to the organization and which could also hinder employee productivity.

ATS Time and Attendance is available as Software-As-A-Solution (SaaS), or on-premise, solution. ATS Time and Attendance can be deployed to meet your organizational business requirements without compromising functionality or data integrity. To serve the needs of companies with multi-sites, ATS Time and Attendance configures data fields to reflect the appropriate format based on employee location, collective bargaining agreements (CBA), multiple work and holiday rules, as well as providing location-specific pay compliance with a set of embedded corporate and global standards.

Improve Efficiency with ATS Award-Winning Time and Attendance Solution

Using an ATS Time and Attendance will improve efficiency in three keys areas:

Employee Self-Service
Employees can request time off, manage their own goals and maintain competency profiles. Employers can track absences and hours worked and modify policies and budget from a single interface. ATS Employee Self-Service routes information based on user-defined business rules. ATS Employee Self-Service streamlines processes, remove bottlenecks, and reduce administrative costs.

Payroll, ERP, HR Data Integration
Who wants to key in employee job codes, hours, pay and pay rates from a spreadsheet to multiple software applications? ATS Workforce Management Data Integrator is a comprehensive data integration platform that covers all data integration requirements: from high-volume, high-performance batch loads, to event-driven, trickle-feed integration processes.

Workforce Analytics
With ATS Workforce Analytics, your company has access to real-time analytics to show productivity and profitability by department and per employee. The solution provides users with on-the-spot information, thus, allowing them to take action in the moment. ATS Workforce Analytics takes the guess-work out of the equation.

To download the white paper that contains a list of ten areas of your business that will see an improvement through the use of an ATS Time and Attendance solution, go to our website. To download a pre-recorded demonstration, and to attend a live webcast, register on ATS corporate website. To reach ATS by phone, call 866.294.2467.

 

Today, leveraging analytics is an absolute must for most industries and it has become more feasible as economic approaches have emerged to cultivate the velocity and variability of data, formerly too massive for traditional time and attendance database systems to process. ATS Software Engineers will give an overview of our workforce planning and analytics module built within ATS cloud-based time and attendance and address its challenges for today’s growing industries.

In this webinar you will learn how you can have a real-time view of your business and events as they occur. You will also learn how other companies are utilizing analytics to give them a competitive edge in shop floor data collection, financial data, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), up-to-the minute data metrics and more.

Webinar details: Friday, October 9, 2105 at 1:00pm Eastern. To register for this webinar go to our website. To reach us by phone call: 866.294.2467.

On-Demand Webcast: How Businesses Can Use Analytics To Achieve Profitability

Software as a service (SaaS) or cloud-based (as it’s also referred to) time and attendance is on par with today’s transformative technology. It was just a few years ago that many companies were deploying customer relationship management applications (CRM), payroll and HR software on servers. And, while some still do, SaaS has simply disrupted the traditional method of deploying business management software.

Why Cloud-Based Software Instead Of On-Premises?

Here are some of benefits that our customers have gained by deploying ATS SaaS time and attendance:

Cost- ATS SaaS time and attendance is a ‘pay as you go’ which means you only for services that you need. If you are looking to implement a brand new time and attendance solution – it can be summed up as an operational expense whereas on-premises would be considered a capital cost. The scalability of ATS time and attendance is designed to give our customers a clear idea of what their monthly costs will be. This allows for much more accurate budgeting.

Data integration-ATS SaaS time and attendance was designed to allow application programming interface (API) connections to talent management, job costing, human resources software, ERP, and CRM applications. No more keying employee hours, labour and job codes manually in to an accounting or payroll software. After all, who wants to anyway?

Deployment- Implementation that takes years still exists in the world of on-premises software, although that can mitigated in companies that have a project leader. If the implementation of your time and attendance requires the purchase of a sizeable investment in a server, you are better off, with the SaaS option.

We realize that every company is unique, and in some cases, a cloud-based solution may simply not work in your business environment. That being said, when you consider the advantages, we think it’s worth serious consideration. To learn more or to download the full copy of “cloud-based time and attendance vs. on-premises” contact us.

On-Premises VS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance

 

 

Using The Right Analytics Can Increase Your Company’s Profits

September 18th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Business Intelligence | SaaS Time and Attendance | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Using The Right Analytics Can Increase Your Company’s Profits)

In the last several years many organizations have been adopting analytics to propel growth and manage regulatory compliance. In fact, most of North America’s major sports leagues, from the NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL are all using versions of predictive analytics and business intelligence to gather, track and extrapolate the right amount of data to make smarter decisions and improve business outcomes. Now you can call it “jumping on the band wagon” if you will, but in addition, to major league sports many mid and large enterprise-wide businesses are quickly adopting the practice. After all, if analytics gives you instant visibility into your business performance and drive better business outcomes–using a set of capabilities for reporting and forecasting, why not use it?

With ATS Workforce Analytics, you can:

Maximize productivity and profitability across every department. From plant operations to product accounting, payroll, human resources and more, ATS workforce analytics enable businesses to make significant improvements in real time.

Capture employee data in real-time to make better decisions about their attendance and improve operational performance. From attracting top talent, to accurate budgeting and forecasting with a powerful scheduling tool which will lead to improving employee satisfaction. ATS workforce analytics empower organizations to align business metrics with strategic business goals.

Enable your entire business with ATS best-of-breed business intelligence and, workforce management software that’s designed and packaged for mid and enterprise-wide organizations, making it easier to track employee time, manage and maintain payroll and propel business growth.

ATS Workforce Analytics built on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform gives you the tools so your business can analyze the right data and make better decisions. ATS Workforce Analytics is predicated on historical and up-to-the-minute information alongside current data, with intuitive screens to quickly move from insight to decision—all in one robust dashboard.

To learn more, join a free webinar or go to our website.

Using The Right Analytics Can Increase Your Company's Profits

The advancement in technology has made many things possible, from accessing e-mail through smart-phones, downloading hundreds of apps for just about everything, to navigating traffic with the use of a GPS. To stay ahead of their competition, many businesses have adopted the use of a time and attendance system. Why? Because, automating paper-time sheet, saves time, money and above all, allows payroll and HR managers to focus on other important tasks.

For today’s businesses dealing with a global economy means leveraging technology, by automating manual business practices. ATS time and attendance streamlines paper time-sheets, increase productivity and makes shareholders happy. After all, who wants to waste resources by pulling extensive reports from a variety of out-dated software packages and spread sheets? And if all your competitors have adopted technology to capture employee hours, you certainly don’t want to be the lone company still struggling with a paper-based punch clock.

One of the main reasons cited by customers, about their decision to implement a time and attendance system, includes, ATS time and attendance system’s ability eradicate paper and fewer complaints by employees about missing hours on their pay cheques.

In an era, where the benefits of leveraging the right technology can help a business grow, you do not want to be the lone company that’s left, all by itself, using antiquated tools of yesteryear.

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