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3 Key Features To Look For In A Time And Attendance Solution

February 27th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in ATS TimeWork OnDemand | Google | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software | Time and Attendance Canada | Time and Attendance Toronto - (Comments Off on 3 Key Features To Look For In A Time And Attendance Solution)

Looking for a time and attendance solution is not an easy undertaking. While the web is a powerful tool that can help you quickly browse through various vendor offerings, you won’t a true picture of what each vendor can actually provide.

3 Key Features To Look For In A Time And Attendance Solution

Here are three features to look for:

  1. Support

This is an important feature, yet, many companies unwittingly ignores it and instead focuses all of their attention on the price. Price is incredibly important. No one wants to pay more that they actually should and it’s within their right to make sure that’s the case. However, focus too much on the price, and at the expense of everything else, and you will likely end up with the cheapest solution that will not meet your requirements, may not even last for 5 years, or worse, with little, to no support.

  1. Industry Expertise

Employment Acts are being amended by several jurisdictions in order to keep pace with the 21 century workforce expectations. The time and attendance you select should be easily scalable to adhere to applicable laws as they change. Make sure you select a provider that can proactively monitor employment laws and regulations to help you keep pace with changes that could affect your business, whether –you want to minimize payroll costs, or are looking to automate data gathering compliance tasks.

  1. Self-Service Offerings

Today’s employees do not want to waste time calling their HR department to request time-off. Your provider’s solution should have capabilities within its application, for employees to review personal information, view overtime and hours worked, and make vacation requests. An employee self-service solution like ATS TimeWork OnDemand is accessible through any Internet browser (Google Chrome, FireFox Opera), smartphones, desktop and tablet apps, that enables employees to perform a variety of HR-related tasks on their own, without needing to file paperwork with — their HR or payroll practitioner.

Some companies start of with a list of things that they are looking for in a provider as a starting point. If you do not have a list of requirements, it’s a good idea to write a simple one that will help you compare your options. The right vendor can help you streamline your current manual business practices so that you can focus more time on other tasks that can propel your organization towards its profitable goals.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, or to read through customer testimonials, go to our website. You can also view brochures, register for one of our bi-monthly webinars or download a demonstration. To reach us by phone, call 866.294.2467.



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?

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.

The ongoing debate about the advantages of a cloud based solution and whether it can help businesses achieve its objectives while lowering operational costs continues. Some have argued, in the past, that the cloud was a “Johnny comelately” with no staying power. Cloud based services have not only eclipsed this argument but they have become an attractive option for mid-large enterprises that find the value in adopting a solution that cuts down on IT infrastructure.

Apex Time Solutions provides an integrated software-as-a-service (saas) workforce management software that includes the following modules: overtime equalization, forecasting, employee scheduling, labour analytics, job costing, employee self-service and benefit accruals. The core application of TimeWork provides functionality for data integration to such solutions as; talent management, payroll, enterprise resource planning, human resources information systems and customer relationship management.

ATS TimeWork is robust, simple to use and adapts to needs of industries in many verticals. Our cloud time and attendance solution alleviates your IT burden, risk and the variables associated with on premise deployments. You experience peace of mind with predictable costs, reliable system availability and regular software upgrades and maintenance with ATS time and attendance cloud solution.

Here are three reasons to deploy an ATS cloud time and attendance solution:

Portability – Allow you to access business intelligence data through the cloud in real-time. ATS Cloud time and attendance captures employee time and helps promote consistent policy enforcement while also helping companies comply with local, provincial and federal labour laws.

Implementation Independence – ATS workforce management domain architecture lets companies configure their applications environments with different legal entities and site combinations while consolidating different instances.

Software Access- Anywhere, Anytime –ATS cloud time and attendance can be access through any computer, Smartphone or tablet PC with Internet access. Browser compatibility includes: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Opera.

If you are still not convinced about the power of ATS cloud time and attendance, contact us and we will put you in touch with some of our customers. To learn more, download a demo, or go to our website.