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The growth prospects of cloud-based applications has surpassed all previous projections, and is finally is being realized by businesses the world over.  Traditional IT spending on heavy computing servers and software licenses has been usurped by businesses shifting to cloud computing solutions. According to a recent report by Gartner, the amount of money spent on cloud services in 2016 grew 25% over 2015 to $148 billion, and this is number is expected to grow to $216 billion in the year 2020.

The availability and user acceptance rate with cloud-based applications like ATS TimeWork OnDemand have exploded in recent years.

The Power Of The Cloud Makes The Choice Easy

Here is what you can expect from the power of ATS TimeWork OnDemand:

Flexible Deployment Options
ATS implementation team’s approach to our cloud-based time and attendance solution is unique. We offer a best-of-breed cloud deployment for ATS TimeWork OnDemand that encompasses multi-tenancy, single tenancy, and an industry-changing dedicated tenancy model that offers cost savings to our customers and is second to none in the cloud space. This provides our customers with unrivalled levels of choice and scalability on a platform that is specific to their industry.

Scalability
ATS TimeWork OnDemand opens up new capabilities for new and growing organizations. The solution can be scaled in accordance with an organization’s business demands, and financial agility. ATS TimeWork OnDemand provides companies with an opportunity to focus on the core aspects of their business, while knowing, that their time and attendance is always on, accessible 24/7, and always up to date.

Built-In Analytics
ATS TimeWork OnDemand is designed for modern businesses, enabling customers to streamline their mission-critical business processes. And, with real-time insights into key business performance indicators for a unified view of the organization, you will never go back to manual punch clocks or paper timesheets. That’s the power of the cloud.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, go to our website, where you can download a demonstration, or register for a bi-monthly webinar. To reach us by phone, call: 866.294.2467

5 Benefits Of A Biometric Time And Attendance Facial Recognition Solution

May 23rd, 2017 | Posted by ATS in ATS TimeWork OnDemand | Biometric FaceScan | Biometric Time Clock | Employee Productivity | ERP | Payroll | TimeWork OnDemand - (Comments Off on 5 Benefits Of A Biometric Time And Attendance Facial Recognition Solution)

Biometrics technology has gained in popularity in the last 10 years. Many of today’s technology companies including; Apple, Samsung and Google, have opted for biometric authentication with their hardware to prevent theft. ATS biometric time clocks are designed to recognize employees’ unique physiological characteristics-and these data collectors include; face shape, iris, fingerprint or hand shape. And, unlike card-based time and attendance systems, employees cannot punch in/out for each other.

When combined with ATS award-winning TimeWork OnDemand or On-premise solution for mid-to large enterprise; biometric facial recognition helps to increase payroll accuracy by eliminating errors associated with outdated manual data collection, reduce administrative time and eradicate employee time theft from tardiness and “buddy punching” (the practice of employees clock in and out for one another), and long  unexplained lunch breaks.

Here are the top 5 benefits of a biometric time and attendance facial recognition solution

Individual tracking: detect an employee based on their individual physiological characteristics

Eradicate time-theft: accurate tracking of employee time, by verifying the identity of those clocking in, thus creating a digital audit trail that cannot be altered. By automating the tracking of employee time an organization, has proof of hours worked.

Reliable and Accurate: Employee biometric templates cannot be duplicated. Managers can remain confident that they are tracking employee’s time and attendance accurately.

 Buddy Punching:  Since employees cannot use the face of their co-worker to punch in for them, you can now say good-bye to buddy punching!

Data Integration: Employee hours easily integrate with your Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Payroll and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), systems.

Today’s workforce is constantly evolving and keeping pace means using an advanced biometric technology solution to increase employee productivity. An ATS biometric face recognition solution will help to increase payroll accuracy by eliminating errors— associated with manual data collection thus, reducing administrative time and eradication of employee time theft.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, the wide array of biometric time clocks or to register for a bi-weekly webinar, go to our website. To reach an account executive, contact us by phone: 866.294.2467.

Many of today’s business leaders have to cut through the noise surrounding business automation, and at times, have to rely on experts to guide them. Trouble is, some of the experts are either ill informed and/or stuck in the dark ages. And, in today’s competitive environment of; artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and workforce analytics businesses would be wise to jump on the band wagon. The benefits to automating your business means, you will streamline payroll costs and improve workforce productivity. Which business executive is going to pass up this opportunity when it’s presented in those terms?

In his article How to Automate Your Business for Fast Growth  on Inc.com Jeff Haden lays out an 8 step guide to automation that even the most cautious, business executive will find useful. In no particular order, you will below, a list of three out of the eight business automation steps listed in the article:

  1. Start small and focus on one business function: Pick a function with a solid ROI. Then pick another function. Once you get a few wins under your belt, your employees will be asking you to automate certain functions. You won’t have to push your employees; they’ll pull you in.
  2. Automate the easiest processes first: Pick rote tasks where there is no human value-add. Automation lets you avoid human error while saving time in execution.
  3. Pick a technology partner: If you reach the point where you want to bring in a vendor, the key is to look out a few years and ensure your partner has the right level of scope, innovation, and technology, and can scale with you.

When Executed Properly, Business Automation Can Spur Growth

Business leaders are responsible for deciding how their company is run, and, by this definition are held accountable by their stakeholders. The difference, between a company that remains stagnant and one that’s enjoying improved productivity and growth, has to do with the automation of business processes.

To learn more about ATS business workforce management solution, go to our website. And, to reach an account executive, call: 866.294.2467.

The results are in and it’s predicted that by 2020, 78% of small businesses are expected to host their IT environments in the cloud. Is that a staggering? Yes, it is! When you consider that only a few short years ago, many feared anything cloud (and some still do) and likened it to tech boom of the early 2000s.

Gartner estimates states,  in part, that  by 2020, the “cloud shift,” or for example, moving from the traditional method of installing software on a Server to opting for cloud-enabled solutions, will have a direct and indirect impact on more than $1 trillion in IT spending. And, according to Ed Anderson, Gartner research VP “Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world,” another quote from his statement, reads “The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and ‘born in the cloud’ providers.”

Small Businesses Can Reap The Rewards Of The Cloud

So, what kind of benefits can your small business expect to see by adopting a cloud computing solution like ATS TimeWork OnDemand?

Flexibility
One of the better benefits of the cloud is the ability to access employee data files and reports from any workstation or mobile device from any place at any time. Heck! Who wants to do remote desktop or VPN transactions to access a file that’s stuck on Server?

Lower Operational Costs
One of the most obvious benefits of moving adopting a time and attendance that’s in the cloud, is that it provides significant savings. Case in point, with ATS TimeWork OnDemand, you only pay for the services that you use. And, here is the best part you no longer have to pay fees for yearly maintenance of hardware and licenses.

Team Collaboration
Whether you are a CEO, CFO, HR or Payroll executive, can see the same set of reports at the same time, thus, making collaboration easy through the cloud. The ability to review employee information, extrapolated from your data collector, allows departmental managers to make edits and communicate with each other through the intuitive dashboards.  Now, that’s what we call efficiency!

So, if your small business wants to take advantage of the many benefits, that the cloud has to offer, go to our website to download a white paper. You can also register online to attend a bi-weekly webinar with topics ranging from, time and attendance, payroll, human capital management, talent management, human resources management and more.

If your organization is a believer in having business management software installed on its network as opposed utilizing the cloud, you are not alone. Some companies, for various reasons, like the idea having their software in-house. And, if your company, falls into that category, be assured that ATS offers, a robust, on premise workforce management solution—that’s used by small, mid and fortune500 companies—across every industry.

If, however, you are still wondering what this cloud fuss is all about, here are 7 reasons why you might want to take a peek at some of the benefits:

 

Not A Fan Of Cloud Computing? Here Are 7 Reasons To Reconsider

Better performance
Because ATS cloud reduces the need for you to install a multitude of unnecessary features, your computer has more free memory to work faster at other things.

You will always have the latest version
By virtue of accessing your own secure ATS time and attendance, company specific app or URL, the latest version of your time and attendance application will always be readily available. And, those updates come without disruption to your business operations.

Flexible costs
ATS cloud computing solution is more flexible than traditional methods. Organizations utilize our subscription-based services – and pay for – server and infrastructure capacity as/when it is needed.

Total and complete independence
Your company can access the ATS time and attendance application from any Smartphone, tablet or computer that’s connected to the Internet 24/7. This means, you are no longer tied to your computer to get what you need.

Sharing with others is now easier
Sharing work, sending reports to other managers or your direct supervisor is so much easier, including the ability to work on an employee online time card at the same time and, see updates and revisions in real-time.

Hardware costs is significantly reduced
When installing software on a company’s server, you have to factor in the cost of maintaining that Server including updates. Software hosted in the cloud does not require that kind of costs-in fact, all you need is a computer with reasonable Internet speed.

Data backup
Because your data are stored securely in the cloud, if you spill coffee on your laptop or lose your smart phone while taking the train to work, your data is still safe.

ATS cloud time and attendance offers your business a degree of agility and path to rapid growth that was simply unattainable in the past. ATS Cloud gives customers a complete, end-to-end cloud solution—a rich and comprehensive platform to—ensure their businesses get the best value for their investment.

Need more reasons to reconsider an ATS cloud solution? Go to our website and you can download the demonstration or register for one for a bi-weekly webinar.

AT ATS, we believe in the power of a time and attendance solution that does not require rocket scientists in order for it to showcase its effectiveness. After all, it was designed as simple and flexible management solution to help businesses streamline their everyday practices and improve overall efficiency.

While HR and payroll practitioners are typically the ones who manage employee time and attendance data, they also know they are also acutely aware that operational managers want a system that is easy to use- that gives them instant access to view employee data.

So, what does a flexible HR ATS time and attendance solution look like?

21st Century Data Capture- Real-time automation and accelerated processes for workforce planning, employee time tracking, forecasting and budgeting and absence management.

Workforce and HR Analytics-Gain a better understanding of your people, enhance strategic workforce planning, and improve performance – with real-time workforce and HR analytics, intuitive dashboards, and award-wining business intelligence from ATS TimeWork OnDemand.

Payroll and HR Functionality-You can simplify your company’s HR administrative policies, with ATS human resource information system (HRIS) module. ATS HR module aids in the tracking of accrual benefits and payroll processes – thereby improving contingent workforce management.

ATS empowers HR managers, – with its powerful cloud-based Workforce Management (WFM) software that gives companies access to their data in real-time. ATS cloud-based workforce management solution supports the needs of single site, multi-generational, and global workforces.

To download a white paper on ATS TimeWork OnDemand, go to our website.

 

You have been charged with the responsibility of purchasing a new time and attendance system for your organization. Naturally, you are immensely excited and you can’t wait to call every vendor in for demonstrations and go through every conceivable feature of the software. But wait a minute? Why do you need to go through a myriad of features that you might never use? This is a common occurrence with many companies especially ones who are in the market for a time and attendance for the first time.

Below is a list of three straightforward strategies and tips that will help you find the right solution for your business:

In The Market For A New Time And Attendance? Don’t Forget To Focus On The Fundamentals

Make a list of your requirements: Making a list will help you define the scope of your project. Also be very specific about your company’s business requirements. The more specific you can be upfront, the more detailed your vendors can be in their demonstrations and proposals.  Chances are, you will likely be awed by the latest technology advancements, during product demonstrations but it is important to keep in mind your corporate culture and how easy the solution is going to be for your users. Very often an IT person is invited, but the very people who are going to be using the system are nowhere to be found.

Think Cloud: Even if your company has no desire to deploy a cloud solution, be open minded and discuss it with your colleagues and senior management. Every company is using a cloud solution today in some way or another. Whether you are using Face Book, Drop Box, or Google these solutions are all in the cloud. And, if your company has mobile workers, a time and attendance that’s based in the cloud, with self-service portals, should be given stronger consideration. Also do not forget about data integration- any time and attendance solution that does not have the ability to integrate with your payroll, HRIS, or ERP is not a solution but another expensive piece of unusable software. In short, move on and do not waste your time with a solution that’s does not fit your business requirements.

Obtain References: This might seem all too obvious, but don’t forget to ask your potential vendor for references. If your potential vendor cannot provide at least three happy customers, they may not have the experience you need. Go to the next vendor on the list.

Too often, people select a time and attendance solution based on price, fancy features, and the latest technology. A solution that’s comprehensive, scalable, and easy-to-use should top your list. In the end, what you need is to find the company that understands your company’s requirements, and whose solution can be designed to fit your specific needs. And, once you find right solution, you will be well on achieving the ROI and long term benefits.

To download a white paper on ‘how to select a time and attendance solution’, go to our website. You can also download a demonstration or register for one our bi-weekly webcasts.

If you have not felt the impact of the Cloud within your business industry, then it’s only a matter of time.  The adoption of cloud has moved from a nice to have to, we absolutely need this application to keep improve operations and stay ahead of our competitors. Cloud applications used to be available to only large organizations but now, many small and mid-size businesses are deploying it, to take advantage of its many benefits.

If you are customer of ATS you have been experiencing easy access to workforce analytics, lower operational costs, reduction in IT complexity and real-time business intelligence. And if you are business who has been contemplating moving to the cloud, then you are in for a treat. Here is some of what you can expect:

Got Your Head In The Cloud? That’s A Good Start

Ease-Of-Use
ATS TimeWork OnDemand offers best-in-class software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform with enhanced business intelligence that enables businesses, to access information from any smartphone or tablet. That’s right! You can now access reports like never before on an intuitive dashboard designed, with the today’s workforce in mind.

Happy Users
Once your administrative users are familiar with the product, training other users is easy. In fact, they can show your plant managers, finance and other supervisors how to access their own reports, view key performance indicators (KPI’s), forecasting and dashboard tools. Essentially this means, operational users no longer have to rely on IT to create reports. And yes, you can also say good-bye to those Excel spreadsheets that you created to track; sick days, overtime and other personal time off requests. In the end, you are replacing confusion and head scratching with a robust and well designed user dashboards.

Now You Can Have Your Kumbaya Moment
Finding reliable, easy to use, and built-to-last workforce management software has its own challenges. ATS TimeWork OnDemand modern technology transforms your data in a format that makes sense to your business, regardless of industry and allows seamlessly integration to: Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Talent Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Payroll applications. With ATS TimeWork OnDemand, you are always up-to-date with the latest cloud innovations-and, that makes for a happy business with lots of kumbaya moments.

ATS breadth of industry expertise and innovation is second to none. As a leading workforce management solution provider, ATS TimeWork OnDemand allows organizations to gain operational excellence—that aligns, HR and payroll business processes while supporting local—and multi-jurisdictional compliance across various countries.

Got Your Head In The Cloud? That’s A Good Start

Is your business is ready to join the cloud movement? You can download the app from our website or join our bi-weekly webcasts to learn from ATS workforce management industry experts and customers, in an informal setting to learn about the benefits of a cloud computing technology like ATS TimeWork OnDemand.

It wasn’t too long ago that getting CEOs to adopt the cloud took a lot of work, and many of these executives who resisted adopting a time and attendance in the cloud had good reasons, some of which included; a general fear of the unknown, privacy and availability of their data to name a few. It’s also noteworthy that some of the initial fear that senior executives had, emanated, from some IT personnel who were not yet comfortable with the idea of having data stored outside of the company’s domain. Eventually, as it became clear that migrating to the cloud offered superior advantages and streamlined costs, many CEOs began to pay attention- and embrace the technology, along with their IT personnel.

CEOs Are Shifting Their Organizations Towards The Cloud

If you are still on the fence about a cloud time and attendance here, are five outstanding benefits that might just change your mind:

  1. Software Updates-Using a time and attendance that’s in the cloud means you no longer have to do software updates and patches. ATS applies updates to the application with no disruption to your daily operations. Your company can spend its time on other important matters, like growing the business.
  1. Access the Application from Anywhere-With ATS TimeWork OnDemand— whether users are on a desktop computer or mobile device, the cloud provides instant access to data anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection, 24/7 365 days a year.
  1. Reduce Operating Costs –Adopting the cloud, means a company no longer have to worry about software equipment (like a Server), licensing and maintenance fees.
  1. Easy Integration to ERP, Payroll, HR, Talent Management and CRM-ATS TimeWork OnDemand has a built-in integrator that’s compatible to all third-party applications for the purpose of transferring data. So, if you currently key employee hours manually from a spreadsheet into a payroll application, you can breathe a little easier, ATS TimeWork OnDemand makes that a thing of the past.
  1. Cross-Functional Reporting and Business Intelligence-ATS TimeWork OnDemand allows you to align all levels of your organization with up-to-the-minute decision-making reporting. Senior executives, managers, and employees automatically see cross-functional analytics for historical, current, and forward-looking insights.  ATS TimeWork OnDemand reporting tools provides financial data for a deeper view into your business.

ATS TimeWork OnDemand provides organizations with a best-of-breed workforce management solution that leverages robust cloud infrastructure technology, to deliver solutions that address specific industry challenges.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, go to our website. You can also register one of our bi-weekly webinars and hear from existing customers how they managed the transition from spreadsheets to cloud computing TimeWork OnDemand.

 

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.