The "Kronos Guy" Blog

The Top 10 Tips for Successful Kronos Training

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The 4th Annual IT Adoption Insight Report found, because of lack of user-adoption for new software, companies are experiencing productivity losses of 17%: the equivalent of giving everyone on staff every Friday off. At 17%, the economic value of user losses outweighs 100% of many IT budgets. Creating company wide end user adoption of Kronos software is a critical factor for productivity and increased ROI. How can a company ensure that user adoption in your new Kronos application is achieved throughout the organization? The answer is: with strategic Kronos™ Training.


Just for you, we have put together the top ten tips you need to know to help achieve user-adoption through Kronos training.

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Tags: Kronos Training, Kronos Training Plan, Kronos Training Consultant

How to Succeed at Project Management: Building a Proper Foundation

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Feb 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM


We never intentionally set ourselves up for failure. However, in the world of IT project managment, new managers will often find themselves in the midst of a project doomed to fail, without fully understanding who or what went wrong. In order for any IT project to be successful, it must be built on a strong foundation. There are four key building blocks necessary to build a strong foundation for an enterprise IT project.


 1. Approved Business Case 

The first step in any IT project is to design your business case. The business case records the justification for starting a project. It describes the benefits, costs and impact, plus a calculation of the financial case. Clearly outline the expected business outcomes and the strategic reasons for your Kronos implementation. Document, define, and discuss all of the different factors included in the project. Once you have your project outlined and defined, gain approval from all business and project sponsors. 


2. Sufficient Requirements and Strong Internal Support

 Strong Internal support and alignment will give a Project Manager and team the confidence needed to strive for difficult goals. Make sure the project goals are achievable, while still stretching your team to improve. It is essential to always have sufficient requirements for your team. 

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Tags: Project Management, Project Delivery Management, Kronos Project Management, IT project Management, Enterprise Kronos Implementation

Mapping Out Your Successful Kronos Installation

Posted by Amy Doughten on Feb 3, 2015 11:51:57 AM


Are You Really Lost if You Know You're Not Where You're Supposed to Be?

Company legend holds that I might find my way out of a paper bag with a flashlight, a map, and someone holding my hand, but that has yet to be supported with any conclusive evidence. I am, in fact, directionally challenged. I am the person who has to turn the map to reflect my current position because understanding that north is not necessarily in front of me makes my head spin.

Thus, it was not surprising when I found myself on the wrong road while in Arizona for a company strategy meeting. I had driven myself to Improvizations' company headquarters several times before - so I stopped using my GPS. 


Wrong move.


Fortunately, it only took a few miles before I realized the ubiquitous cactii were not the familiar milestones I had come to expect and I was able to turn around (and turn on my GPS) and get to my final destination. Amid the peals of laughter at the office, I insisted that I wasn't really lost because I knew where I wasn't!

Which brings me to the point of this post - without a solid project plan to get where you want to go,will you get there? Or will you, like me, wander around in the desert, knowing exactly where you aren't?

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Tags: Kronos, Kronos Workforce Central Installation, Kronos Workforce Upgrade, Kronos Workforce Central Installation Planning, Project Delivery Management

Improvizations Appoints New National Delivery Manager

Posted by Amy Doughten on Jan 20, 2015 2:17:35 PM

Improvizations Appoints New National Delivery Manager

Planned Growth Supported by New Delivery Strategy

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Tags: News

Integrate with Kronos - a Dynamics interface out of the box

Posted by Bryan deSilva on Dec 12, 2014 4:52:00 PM

If you are a Dynamics ERP user (well and of course a Kronos Workforce Timekeeper user) your life just got a little easier. 

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Tags: Integration

Kronos Advanced Scheduler and Hospital Capacity Management

Posted by Bryan deSilva on Dec 2, 2014 10:32:00 AM

This topic is gaining more and more steam, and generating discussion in our Kronos Consulting practice. I was browsing one of my favorite presentation sites, Slideshare, and came across a deck on Hospital Capacity Management. To start, let's make certain we are talking about the same thing. Rene states that "The main objective of capacity management is to efficiently use the main physical resource of a hospital (beds) in order to provide excellent care to actual and future patients." She goes on to talk about patient flow and the complexity that is this subject.

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Tags: Healthcare

The Third Option for Upgrading Kronos to Version 8

Posted by Bryan deSilva on Nov 24, 2014 1:05:00 PM

In the last post we talked about the main two Kronos upgrade options discussed at Kronosworks last week. There are good reasons to upgrade now and good reasons to wait for Kronos v8. Now I'd like to suggest that in many organizations the safest and most successful path to upgrade is...

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Tags: Best Practice, Upgrades, Change Management

Should I upgrade Kronos WFC now or wait for Kronos version 8?

Posted by Bryan deSilva on Nov 19, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Kronos 8: Wait or Upgrade Now?

I cannot tell you how many times I was asked this question. In our booth, in the halls, at breakfast, everywhere! It seems that organizations are eager to be free of Java but aren't sure if they should wait that long to upgrade. Common themes were:

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Tags: Best Practice, Upgrades, Change Management

The Next Big Thing at KronosWorks 2014

Posted by Chandler Paris on Oct 31, 2014 3:56:00 PM

KronosWorks 2014 in Las Vegas is only 9 days away and those of us who have been to KronosWorks before and support the Kronos products are wondering what will be the "Next Big Thing" in the Kronos world this year.

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Tags: Kronos, Workforce Central, Java, KronosWorks, WFC, mandatory Java update, Kronos Timekeeper

Improvizations presents: The Gift of Time

Posted by Amy Doughten on Oct 23, 2014 2:08:00 PM

Years ago I was frantically trying to get everything done on a hot Saturday afternoon in Tampa. I'm sure you know the drill - working mom trying to squeeze everything in during the weekend, laundry, cleaning, dry cleaners, grocery shopping, you name it, I was doing it.

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Tags: KronosWorks