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The benefit of moving business applications to the cloud is no longer up for the debate. And while, there are some companies who still cling to the belief that having software installed on their server is part of a corporate policy, that they are not willing to abandon. However, this attitude towards the cloud, is dwindling as more companies realize that the cloud has become part of everything we do in this digital era.

Cloud Computing Predictions For 2018 According To Forrester Research

In a recently published article titled ‘Predictions 2018: Cloud Computing Accelerates Enterprise Transformation Everywhere’ by Dave Bartoletti for Forrester Research, he writes in part;

“Cloud now permeates all company sizes, industries, and geographies. And all of this innovation isn’t only happening in the big public clouds; exciting new private cloud technology stacks and fresh partnerships between infrastructure vendor stalwarts and upstart cloud-native companies bring the power and energy of elastic, on-demand cloud services to the enterprise data center as well.

In 2018, we’ll pass that magic threshold: Forrester predicts that more than 50% of global enterprises will rely on at least on public cloud platform to drive digital transformation and delight customers. As highlighted in our 2018 cloud predictions, cloud is truly business critical and is now a mainstream enterprise core technology”.

Many of the companies who have migrated to the cloud are reaping several benefits, including: a reduction in IT operating costs, more simplified user workflows across multiple applications, improved employee mobility, having access to real-time workforce analytics, and an increased ability to innovate business operations.

So what if your company happens to part of the few holdouts, who remain unconvinced about the benefits of migrating to the cloud? Our suggestion is to start small and/or ask other businesses who are using the cloud about their experience. Chances are you might be surprised to find out that some of today’s companies who are using cloud-based solutions held similar views to that of your organization.

To learn about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, our best-in-class cloud computing application, go our website, where you can view a demonstration or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. To reach an account representative, call; 866.294.2467.

 

Today’s HR practitioners have a symbiotic relationship with technology. And why shouldn’t they? When you consider the old ways of calculating and managing employee time and attendance was relegated to paper time sheets. In other words, a time-consuming task, that resulted in numerous errors, it’s no wonder many in HR are giving a warm embrace to technology.

Technology Has Become A Great Resource For HR Departments

A brief summary of an article titled World-class HR departments do more but spend less, thanks to technology written by Valerie Bolden-Barrett, for HR Dive reads, in part:

  • World-class HR organizations spend 25% less than average HR organizations and function with 30% less staff, but are more effective, according to a report from The Hackett Group. The consulting firm’s benchmark analysis​ also found that, should an average company with $10 billion in revenue gain world-class HR status, it could save up to $15 million a year. The Hackett Group defines world-class HR operations as those which maintain a level of performance in the top quartile in effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The analysis also showed that world-class HR operations spend more of their budgets on cloud-based technology and selective outsourcing compared to other HR staffs. Top-ranked departments have also reduced the amount of staff performing transactional tasks with error rates for those tasks two to fives times lower that of traditional HR operations.
  • The Hackett Group’s research also found that, through digital technology, HR organizations can improve their efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services, boost customer experience, place additional resources on high-value activities and use sophisticated analytics for better decision-making.

Bottom line: Technology has created remarkable new opportunities to eliminate administrative overhead and, at the same time, give HR departments access to advanced technology tools like, workforce analytics, real-time employee dashboard review, employee self-self service and hosts of other workforce management tools available 24/7 365 days a year.

Do you think your HR department will want to turn their backs on tools that helps them streamline payroll costs and improve productivity? We are guessing the answer is no.

To learn about ATS Workforce Management Solutions go to our website. You can also register for a bi-monthly webinar or call us at 866.294.2467 to arrange a demonstration.

The rise of the minimum wage, new employment laws and predictive scheduling are just a few of the most recent workplace compliance that many of today’s organizations are struggling to manage. An effective time and attendance solution can be significant a time saver, while also allowing operational managers to access data in

real-time—thus, providing them with a complete picture of employee overtime and hours worked at their fingertips. Here is a quick synopsis of what you can expect from an ATS Time and Attendance solution.

How Can A Time And Attendance Solution Help Your Company With Employment Laws?

Robust and Purpose-Built
At the core of ATS Time and Attendance is a database engine that designed to handle the business requirements of every industry. With ATS time and attendance solution, employee can perform different job tasks, review overtime and shifts from by accessing the employee self-service or through one of the ATS data collectors. The Workforce Analytics dashboard is a treasure trove of data that — when mined carefully — reveals important information on forecasting and actual versus hours scheduled. It’s the difference between making decisions on gut feeling and making them based on facts.

Improved Productivity
scheduling and personal time-off requests are an important part of retaining a productive workforce. The companies that offer employees flexible work hours and also accommodate time-off requests for personal and professional needs are generally desired companies to work for.

Workforce Compliance
Does your company or industry have to deal with collective bargaining agreements, have different locations across several jurisdictions with separate labour laws? For example, unionized employees may have a maximum number of hours that they are allowed work per week or month. In other cases, corporate policy may dictate that employees cannot work more than a maximum number of hours per pay period. Whatever exceptions that are unique to your organization, ATS time and attendance solution can be configured to meet those requirements and ensure that you are in compliance. The system will accurately calculate premium hours, statutory holidays and job tracking and manage overtime.

If you are looking for ways to improve productivity in the face of rising labour costs, tight margins and competition, tracking employee time and attendance by paper, will drive costs up, not the other way around.

To learn more about ATS Time and Attendance, go to our website. You can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars or download a demonstration. To reach ATS by phone, call 866.294.2467.

 

 

Big Data is not a “Johnny-come-lately” tool, it is in fact, it comprises of massive amounts of information that we use every day – in other words, it encompasses, vast zetabytes of data flowing from our computers, mobile devices, and machine sensors. With the right Big Data tools, your organization can store, manage, and analyze this data – and gain valuable insights that were previously unimaginable.

3 Tips On To Use Big Data Effectively

Below are 3 tips on how to use Big Data effectively from an article, by Jordan Kasteler for Inc called: Supply and Demand: The Effect of Big Data. It reads, in part:

 

“1. Let data make decisions for you

Before we had data at our disposal, decisions were made based on emotions or gut feelings. As a result, the rationale for each choice might now look murky in hindsight.

Nowadays, nearly every decision can be backed up with hard numbers. Managers are able to make educated judgments, and they can justify their moves with proven results–past or present.

  1. Put your expenses under the microscope

Every organization has some form of “spend data” to analyze. “Spend” refers to operational costs across business functions such as planning and budgeting, inventory management, product development, and compliance.

For large, global enterprises, this data can run into millions of transactions. Analyzing it can help procurement managers identify spend patterns by category, vendor, region, and more. It can uncover opportunities to drive bottom-line savings and more value from their procurement spend. Data analytics can help managers analyze extremely large volumes of spend data much more efficiently and accurately.

  1. Love your vendors, but don’t woo them

The “Age of the Customer” is here and booming. Many consumers now expect businesses to seamlessly meet every aspect of every need without hesitation.

When incorporating big data, both suppliers and procurement clientele stand to benefit. For instance, suppliers can glean valuable, data-driven insights to allocate resources more accurately and better formulate logistical strategies.”

Today’s companies are acutely aware of the potential big data can provide them. And, when they see the enormous ROI their competitors get by using big data, they make every effort to ensure the solutions that they deploy, includes Big Data.

ATS Time and Attendance has built-in, feature-rich Big Data analytics to provide deep insight across a company’s workforce management solutions requirements. The solution is embedded within ATS core solutions and can power reporting, analytics and a wide range of  features, can help transform decision making and your business.

To download a brochure about ATS Time and Attendance Big Data Workforce Analytics go to our website. To reach ATS by phone call; 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 retail industry has had to adapt to numerous changes in the past several decades. And, with shrinking market-share, retailers now have to grapple with tight margins, technological innovation, constant changes in consumer habits and unprecedented growth in global markets.  These changes, along with cost containment and  increasingly fierce competition, have fueled the need for continuous improvement, flexible operations, and availability of information on demand.

ATS TimeWork OnDemand empowers retail organizations to modernize their approach to employee time and attendance. ATS TimeWork offers a robust, up-to-the-minute responsive cloud infrastructure, a sophisticated development platform and a rich portfolio of workforce analytics, and 21st century mobile services. With ATS TimeWork OnDemand, retail operations from; Food Manufacturing, Fashion and Apparel, Pharmacy, Department Stores and Home Goods, Grocery, Hospitality, Food and Beverage to drive sales and optimize business operations through analytics insights that fuel personalized merchandising for their customers.

Retailers Are Embracing ATS TimeWork OnDemand To Improve Operational Excellence

Here are three examples of how retailers are using ATS TimeWork OnDemand to improve productivity, streamline payroll costs and, at the same time, stay ahead of the competition:

Deployment Platform-With TimeWork OnDemand, organizations can choose from integrated always-on, dedicated and local deployment model that complements, and includes Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile-ready services.

Analytics and Data Science-By using proven cognitive analytic solutions from ATS TimeWork OnDemand to tap into cutting-edge employee data to spur decision making capabilities with an advanced time and attendance retail application that’s readily accessible, and provides powerful and insightful intelligence like never before.

Flexible and easy Access to the Cloud-ATS TimeWork OnDemand is a modern API-based, open-source, and collaborative web application—that quickly scales to meet seasonal or event demands through an easy-to-use customer portal or auto-scaling capabilities. The advantages of retail operations using ATS TimeWork OnDemand includes; upgrades with minimal downtime and interruption, and the ability to access supercomputing—on demand on a massive scale that transforms business intelligence and up-to-the-minute business decision making.

Want to learn how ATS TimeWork OnDemand can help your business realize the value of cloud time and attendance solution? Go to our website or call us at 866.294.2467.

 

 

The rapid growth of the digital era provides a multitude of choices for manufacturing companies to improve their processes and decrease overall costs. If for example, your company has elected not to jump on the band wagon of these, progressive cloud computing technology, it simply means your competitor has a distinct advantage.

Here are some of things you are missing out on if you decide to remain on the sidelines

Workforce Management Manufacturing Scalability
If your competitors have adopted a workforce management solution they are taking advantage of today’s technology, the cloud—to innovate, streamline payroll costs and improve workforce productivity. Now, your plant manager and other operational managers can focus on servicing your customers instead of writing employee hours on manual time sheets.

Workforce Analytics
With ATS Workforce Analytics manufacturing companies have the ability to access and analyze real-time data and benefit, from sophisticated forecasting and budgeting modules to —help uncover visibility into critical resource gaps.

Robust, Agile And Productive Time and Attendance; Built For The Cloud

Continuous Innovative Cloud Computing Technology
Only an ATS cloud workforce management solution—designed for today’s manufacturing, entities, can—enable you to take advantage of innovations software updates as soon as they are available. In short, your company will no longer be hamstrung by backward technology.

Deploying an ATS cloud workforce management ensures that your manufacturing enterprise will leverage up-to-date innovation. The rich functionality of ATS cloud application can benefit manufacturers, because it comes with a much lower upfront costs than a legacy solution thus, helping your business to thrive. And, with a well designed architecture that provides real-time insights into key performance indicators—the intuitive dashboard provides a 360° degree view of business operations, from any platform, at anytime, anywhere.

To learn about ATS innovative cloud solutions, you can download a brochure or demonstration or register for one of our 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.

 

Global Market Predictions For 2015| Growth And Innovation Report By IDC

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance On-Demand | Time and Attendance Solution | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Global Market Predictions For 2015| Growth And Innovation Report By IDC)

Well respected industry behemoth International Data Corporation (IDC) released its annual prediction report that covers all things technology including; analytics, mobile computing, Internet of Things, cloud computing and, social networking. It’s a report that will be encouraging to many businesses after years of a slow economy that took shape after the 2008 downturn.

In no particular order, here are some of the highlights of this report, including areas that will experience growth:

  1. Big data and analytics will see important developments in 2015 as worldwide spending on big data-related software, hardware, and services grows to $125 billion. Rich media analytics (video, audio, and image) will emerge as an important driver of big data projects. And big data supply chains (i.e. Data as a Service) will grow in importance as cloud platform and analytics vendors offer clients value-added information from commercial and open data sets.
  2. China will experience skyrocketing influence on the global Accelerating Innovation (ICT) market in 2015 with spending that will account for 43% of all industry growth, one third of all smartphone purchases, and about one third of all online shoppers.
  3. Cloud services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. Adoption of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow briskly (36%) as market leader Amazon comes under attack from all directions as challengers attempt the “Amazoning of Amazon”.
  4. Worldwide Accelerating Innovation (ICT) spending will grow 3.8% in 2015 to more than $3.8 trillion.
  5. Telecommunications services will see wireless data emerge as the largest ($536 billion) and fastest growing (13%) segment of telecom spending. To avoid being marginalized as little more than infrastructure providers, carriers will scramble to develop platform- and API-based services that add value and attract developers to their networks. They will also seek rapprochement with over-the-top (OTT) cloud services providers through innovative performance and revenue-sharing arrangements.

The report is made up of a top ten list of predictions for 2015. You can read the list of predictions in its entirety by going to the IDC website.

To learn more about ATS, you can view a demonstration of our best-of-breed cloud-based time and attendance on our website.

Global Market Predictions For 2015, Growth And Innovation Report By IDC

HR Professionals are busy individuals and if you ask them they would welcome automating many of the manual tasks that they grapple with everyday. Now, just imagine introducing a comprehensive time and attendance system, complete with an HRIS module that merges daily functions and payroll processes, embedded with real-time analytics and benchmarking. Now, you are talking HR language!

ATS TimeWork time tracking solution offers an HRIS solution for both on-premises and cloud-based deployment. ATS TimeWork, best-in-class time and attendance system offers easier processing, with robust business intelligent tools that help companies stay in compliance with North American Federal and provincial laws and plan strategically for their organizations.

ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance software aids in protecting a company’s most valuable asset – its people. Our attendance and HR software module include, but are not limited to:

  • Reports: analytic reports, can be previewed, printed, and exported to various formats, to help you improve your company’s analytic capabilities.
  • Time-Off Requests and Leave Management: A comprehensive set of features provides for all types of time-off such as jury duty, medical leave, paternal/maternity leave, and bereavement
  • Canadian Government Compliance & Reporting Capabilities: Manage essential data for government reporting and reduce compliance risks
  • Benefit Management: track eligibility for employees, dependents, beneficiaries
  • Attendance Management: manage employee time and attendance with ATS TimeWork integrated tracking system

Don’t forget to share this blog with your HR professional and you are sure to get a big smile, especially, if they are using excel spreadsheets to track employee vacation balances and a range of other tasks.

To learn more, contact us for an online demo, or download a brochure to share with your internal management team. You can also join the conversation on our LinkedIn Group.

HR Professionals, It’s Time To Toss Out The Spreadsheets