The "Kronos Guy" Blog

How to Plan for Training when Upgrading to Kronos Version 8.0

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


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Tags: Kronos Training, Kronos Version 8.0

Upgrading to the Cloud with Workforce Central Version 8.0

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Workforce Management is upgrading to the Cloud. 

83% of net new additions of Workforce Central are now in the Cloud.

Cloud-based workforce management applications create easier access and management of real-time employee data, while providing enterprise class HR, time, and attendance platforms. 

The 2016 Global HR Transformation Survey indicates that 42 percent of organizations will adopt a cloud-based HR system to replace their current one.

It seems like everywhere you look technical blogs and IT consultants are encouraging small and mid-size businesses to consider moving to the Cloud. However, migrating to the Cloud can be costly and time consuming if not executed properly.

The new Workforce Central Version 8.0 enhancements are encouraging organizations to upgrade. Once an organization decides to upgrade, the next step is to determine if it will be an on-premise upgrade or if you will move your application into the Kronos Cloud.

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Tags: Kronos Version 8.0, Kronos Cloud

Kronos Support: How long will my Kronos WFC Version be supported?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 15, 2016 8:13:34 AM

As Kronos continues to revolutionize their Workforce Central application, newer versions are starting to be released more frequently. The long awaited, completely Java-free WFC 8.0.11 was released just last week. Organizations are being forced to consider upgrading as the new upgrades put older versions in risk of “Sunsetting.”

Sunsetting: The Sunset Factor refers to the age of your Kronos Workforce Central version. The older the age of your version, the higher the risk of limited technical support. The longer the upgrade is delayed, the more the potential grows for complications from workarounds associated with supporting outdated versions. In some cases, vendor support will even end, and a concrete “point of no return” sunset date will be set.

If your Kronos application remains at a sunsetting version and encounters a serious complication, there may be no vendor to work with the outdated system, leaving your organization exposed.

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Tags: Kronos Upgrade

Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0 is Officially Java Free

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

With the release of Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0.11, Kronos is now officially completely Java-free.

The release of WFC Version 8.0 brought with it over 500 new features, a new and improved platform, and an optimized user experience. The new user platform, along with intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics, reflects that message clearly by removing multiple previous limitations.

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Tags: Java

Know your Workforce: Questions to ask Before Upgrading to Kronos WFC Version 8.0

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM


The workforce is constantly evolving. The constant state of change forces organizations to constantly reevaluate their processes, culture, and Human Capital Management strategies. According to the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, leaders are focusing on understanding and creating cultures/work environments that foster engagement, leadership, and career development. Amidst a competitive and highly transparent job market, digital technology is becoming essential to the process of forming and supporting an engaged and productive workforce.

 Workforce Management software can be the ultimate tool for creating a strategy for maintaining and nurturing a healthy and engaged workforce. Combining the best of both worlds, WFM software can help foster an environment that allows employees to feel both valued and inspired. The process of building a compelling environment for all employee demographics involves using the data gained from WFM software to “operationalize” employee engagement. Each employee has his/her own unique set of needs and expectations. Kronos Workforce Central allows organizations to begin to transform their workforce's unique needs into actionable strategies to increase overall employee engagement. Since every workforce is different, it is important to consider your specific needs before investing in WFM software. Many organizations are considering upgrading to Kronos Version 8.0. Here are three questions to ask when deciding if it is the right time to bring Version 8.0 to your workforce.

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Millennials and Mobile: How Kronos WFC Engages the New Workforce

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 24, 2016 8:12:29 AM


What do Millennials and mobile technology have in common? Both are shaping and revolutionizing the new workforce. By the year 2020 Millennials will make up 66% of the entire workforce.Optimistic, resourceful, and nearly completely digital, the Millennial employee demands a different corporate environment than all the generations before them. A Millenial's approach to life and work is defined by the tech-savvy, multi-tasking, and collaborative elements of their personalities. Unlike Baby Boomers and Generation X, Millennials are not motivated by job security, but instead value flexibility and compensation. Flexibility in the workforce is often characterized by the ability to work remotely.

The way people work is changing. Instead of the traditional never-leave-my-cubicle workday, a mobile workforce is now the norm for many organizations. In fact, 3 out of 5 employees say they don’t need to be in the office to be productive. With employees becoming more on the go than ever, mobile technology is becoming a necessity for an organization’s survival.

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Tags: Kronos Mobile

Kronos Partnership Summit 2016: Questions, Themes, and some Commentary

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 17, 2016 8:41:44 AM

The Kronos Partnership Summit just took place on June 7th and 8th and I am so excited about the upcoming opportunities for Improvizations and the big changes in the field of Human Capital Management. I had the opportunity to network with over 60 different companies and 140 attendees at the event, developing valuable relationships with other experts in our field. I would love to share a few of the highlights from the event with you and get your feedback on everything that is happening in our ever-evolving field. 

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How to Create a Project Charter for a Kronos WFC Project

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 10, 2016 9:42:24 AM

Enterprise Kronos WFC projects are complex. In order for any project to be well organized and well executed, the organization needs to create a Project Charter. Although sometimes forgotten, creating a Project Charter is a standard step along the traditional project development and management process.

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Engaging the Workforce: How WFM software can Decrease Employee Burnout

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM

One of the major challenges organizations face today is prevention of workplace burnout. Workplace demands on employees are increasing rapidly and the ramification of employee burnout is a serious decrease in organizational productivity. One of the keys to preventing burnout is increasing employee engagement.

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Tags: Human Capital Management, Employee Engagement

Kronos Workforce Analytics now available as a Service

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 27, 2016 11:30:00 AM


In an exciting move for small to medium sized businesses, Kronos Incorporated has officially released Workforce Analytics as a service. Kronos analytics gives businesses the ability to visualize workforce data through interactive technology that provides real-time insight into how labor hours and processes are effecting the organization. The ability to implement Workforce analytics as a service allows organizations with scarce resources to still benefit from insights into critical workforce trends from big data. Analyzing the data from workforce trends can help increase sales, employee engagement, and overall operational efficiency. Partnering with Kronos services gives SMB’s the opportunity to get the most ROI from their analytics by benefitting from external experience and resources.

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Tags: Analytics