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Four Key Questions to ask when Creating a Change Management Strategy

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

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Kronos WFC Version 8.0: Should we add New Kronos Functionality?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM

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When organizations begin to discuss upgrading their WFC application, one of the deciding factors is optimized or added functionality. Kronos Version 8.0 boasts multiple new functionalities that change the face of workforce management platforms. Depending on your prior version, the new functionalities impact budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, and analytics. Upgrading to optimized or new Kronos functionality cannot only increase overall productivity, but also allows organizations to achieve improved ROI. However, not all new functionality will be a good fit for your organization. It is important to consider which improvements will be most beneficial to your WFM needs. 

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Kronos WFC Version 8.0: Is it really Java Free?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 15, 2016 10:03:54 AM

The release of WFC Version 8.0 brought with it over 500 new features, a new and improved platform, and an optimized user experience. Kronos introduced Version 8.0 with a webinar titled, “Managing without Limits.” The new user platform, along with intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics, reflects that message clearly by removing multiple previous limitations. However, there is still one limitation that all Kronos users deal with: Java.

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Tags: Java

Improvization's Planned Growth Supported by New National Sales Manager

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 8, 2016 5:04:29 AM

Planned Growth Supported by New National Sales Manager

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How to Select a Kronos Service Partner that Fits your Organization

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 31, 2016 7:06:07 AM

If your organization is planning a large Kronos project, one of the biggest decisions you will make is who you will work with to complete the project. Choosing to work with an outside Kronos consultant can be a very advantageous decision for three main reasons:

- Experience: Outside Kronos Consultants have almost seen it all. With more experience, outside consultants can often find unique solutions that others may not discover. 

-Unlimited Bandwidth: Bringing in consultants frees up your employees and IT staff to spend time on more important initiatives. 

- Neutral Opinion: During a WFM project, the IT department and the executive team need to be on the same page in order for proper communication to surround the project. A Kronos Consultant can serve as an unbiased mediator between departments. 

Once the decision is reached to work with an outside consultant, the task becomes choosing a specific Service Partner. There are a few key considerations to take into account:

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3 Key Questions to ask Before Upgrading to Kronos WFC Version 8.0

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 23, 2016 6:30:26 AM

The release of the highly-anticipated Kronos Version 8.0 revolutionized the Kronos user experience. The new and improved platform boasts  enhanced industry capabilities, Global Deployments, and intuitive reporting and analytics. Kronos introduced over 500 new features between versions 7.0 and 7.07. Version 8.0 contains all those and many more. The new features and functionality are motivating organizations to start asking the question, "Should we upgrade to Kronos Version 8.0?"

Although the latest version promises invaluable new features and functionality, the drastic change of upgrading to Kronos WFC v8 can still cause dissemination within an organization. New functions, visuals, and operating systems can cause employees to dread engaging with the upgraded application. With any big change or upgrade comes an element of risk. Strategically planning if, when, and how to upgrade your Kronos application will help eliminate some of that risk. A thorough analysis of both the risks and benefits will aid in making the best decision for your organization’s WFM success.

Here are three key questions to ask when making the decision of whether or not to upgrade to the latest version of Kronos: WFC Version 8.0.

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How much is your WFM Software really costing you?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 15, 2016 7:31:54 AM

There is a hidden epidemic in organizations all across the world: an epidemic of unused software. U.S. organizations wasted $30 billion — yes, billion — on unused software over the course of a four-year study. The global average came to 37 percent of software unused per company. The cost: $259 per desktop. There are even more staggering statistics, including the fact that over a quarter of software deployed by organizations is unused or rarely used. Studies show that organizations do not have processes in place to accurately manage and utilize software assets. If software is not implemented or utilized properly, it can cost organizations hundreds and thousands of dollars.

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Change Management: The Strategy behind a Strong Kronos Implementation

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 8, 2016 5:57:02 AM

Kanter’s Law: Everything can look like a failure in the middle.

People resist change – it is a cliché because it is true. In any position of leadership, you will encounter resistance to change. People resist change in many different ways: from foot-dragging and complaining to petty sabotage or even outright mutiny. Change is a universal challenge because change always brings more work. The individuals closest to the change often find themselves in a place of resistance because of the inevitable unanticipated glitches in the middle of change, per “Kanter’s Law” that “everything can look like a failure in the middle.” Navigating change in the workplace is one of the most challenging endeavors an organization must take on.

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Creating a Healthy Kronos Upgrade Environment: [Infographic]

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Feb 24, 2016 8:40:32 AM

Although each Workforce Management implementation has its own unique needs and requirements, WFM projects share certain commonalities: they are complex, require detailed strategy and thoughtful change management. Failure can have catastrophic consequences across an organization. With Kronos Version 8.0 being released, it is time for many organizations to start considering an implementation or upgrade strategy. Strategic planning at the outset of the implementation saves time and money while increasing the likelihood that expected benefits will be delivered on time and on budget. 

One of the most important factors of a successful Kronos upgrade is the corporate environment in which it takes place. It is essential that organizations understand all of the elements necessary for fostering a healthy project environment when corporate culture and a workforce management project collide.

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Falling in Love with Kronos Analytics: How to get ROI from Analytics

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Feb 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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Love is in the air. Valentines Day is just around the corner, promising a day full of sentiments, chocolate, and probably some broken hearts. Falling in love is one of the most unique and fascinating feelings in the world. In fact, falling in love is known to pact the same neurological effects as cocaine.  Both falling in love and taking a dose of cocaine will give your brain similar feelings and a sensation of euphoria.  Falling in love produces several euphoria-inducing chemicals in your body that will stimulate about 12 areas of an individual’s brain.

So while you are considering love this Valentines Day, consider falling in love with Kronos Version 8.0 and Kronos Analytics! The release of version 8.0 brought with it many new features; each designed to help organizations better handle the increasing demands of Workforce Management. One of the highlights of the new software suite is the analytics package. Kronos has taken great strides to provide a better analytics platform. Analytics is the number one reason that organizations adopt HCM technology, yet 69% of organizations have no embedded analytics tools. For the 31% who do use analytics, the number one concern is accessibility to necessary data and analytics and how to best use that data.

The Kronos Reporting and Analytics functions of version 8 are more visually compelling and full of actionable insight. The new layout implements improved navigation to allow for easy accessibility of data. There are integrated features from MicroStrategy’s 9.4.1 platform, along with geospatial visualization. It is no longer enough to simply see a dashboard with predictive analytics; the new analytics feature is prescriptive, responding to violations and situations by sending alerts and changing schedules accordingly, without any input of a manager. Time and cost effective, prescriptive analytics allow managers to focus on tasks beyond labor analytics. So how do your ensure that you get the most from your Analytics package?

 There are three main participants who can help you get the most from your Analytics package:

Vendors (such as Kronos)

Vendors are responsible for assisting the client during the sales, discovery, requirements analysis and implementation processes. There are a couple key factors that a vendor should bring to the client’s attention before they decide to invest in analytics software:

Budget: How much will it cost to purchase and implement an effective analytics package?

Change Management: Does the client have a strategy in place for Change Management? Will they communicate the purpose of the software and train the talent effectively?

If these factors not carefully considered, organization’s can fail to see the ROI that should come with investing in a comprehensive analytics program.

Consulting Firms

When a consulting firm works with an organization, their goal should be to make sure the client gets everything they can out of the software they are purchasing. While consultants are often responsible for the same processes as the vendor, consulting firms also have the responsibility of being the voice of reason. If an organization has neither the talent nor the budget to successfully implement analytics, a consultant will not encourage you to purchase the software. A Vendor’s job is to sell licenses. Your consulting firm’s job is to make sure you are getting the absolute best results with your software.

Kronos Consulting firm, like Improvizations, will have the difficult conversations with not only the purchasing department but IT, HR, Payroll, Benefits, Finance, Operations and more to build confidence and understanding of how important analytics data is and how to get the proper information out of the system. Change management takes time. It should be a slow consistent change because it can affect man across the organization, not just the owner of the new software. Consulting Firms can help to successfully merge your organization’s WFM history with its future. In order to successfully use an analytics package, the previous collected data needs to be considered.Choosing a consultant should not be like a box of chocolates... You should always KNOW what you are going to get. 

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