The "Kronos Guy" Blog

Kronos Upgrade Paths: How to Upgrade from WFC Version 5.2 or 6.2

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

With the long-awaited release of Kronos Version 8.0, many organizations are starting to consider upgrading. Version 8.0 brings with it the risk of older versions “Sunsetting,”specifically for organizations running Kronos WFC version 5.2 or WFC Version 6.2. The question becomes how to best upgrade from version 5.2 or 6.2 to Version 8.0. There is an upgrade path available for organizations needing to move from Version 5-6 to Version 8.0. However, creating a direct upgrade path from version 5.2 or 6 may not be the best option for your organization. Here are a few key considerations when making the decision to upgrade from Version 5.2-6.2 to Version 8.0.

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Tags: Upgrades, Kronos Upgrade

Microsoft Releases Windows 10: The Impact on Workforce Central Users

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Over the last couple months, Microsoft has heavily promoted the release of Windows 10. The upgrade is free for the first year and available to Windows 7 and 8.1 system users. Windows is a client-side OS, running on desktop, laptop, and mobile forms. The official release date for the upgrade is July 29th.  Workforce Central users may be affected by this upgrade as some Kronos versions do not support Windows 10.

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Tags: WFC, Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 Upgrade

Going Mobile: The Best Mobile Features of Kronos Version 8

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 

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.

67 percent of SMBs now view mobile solutions and services as “critical” to their businesses. [Click to Tweet this] 

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Tags: Kronos Mobile

Is it time to start planning for WFC Version 8.0? [Infographic]

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 2, 2015 11:30:00 AM

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Tags: Kronos Upgrade, Kronos Version 8.0

Workforce Central Version 8: Getting your Head in The Cloud

Posted by Amy Doughten on Jun 25, 2015 3:35:21 PM

 

 WFC is moving to the Cloud. In fact, 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. 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, a migration to the Cloud can be costly, time consuming, and disappointing if not executed properly. With the release of Kronos Version 8.0, many organizations are considering, not just an on-premise upgrade, but upgrading into the Kronos Cloud. How can you determine if it will be beneficial to your organization to move to the cloud?

 Here are some key questions to consider before deciding if moving to the Kronos Cloud is a wise investment for your company.

 

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Tags: Workforce Central Version 8.0

Kronos Version 8: Magic Number 8

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 19, 2015 7:55:00 AM

 

The moment we've all been waiting for: Kronos recently debuted Workforce Central Version 8 with a webinar entitled, “Workforce Central 8: Managing without Limits.” The new and improved platform boasts optimized user experience, enhanced industry capabilities and Global Deployments, as well as intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics. Kronos introduced over 500 new features between versions 7.0 and 7.07 and Version 8.0 contains all those and many more.

In this blog post, we are highlighting the top eight new Version 8.0 features that we are most excited about. Which new features will have the biggest positive affect on your company?

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Tags: Kronos Upgrade, Kronos Version 8.0

Upgrading to Kronos WFC 8: Questions, Themes, and some Commentary

Posted by Amy Doughten on Jun 12, 2015 7:44:00 AM

 

 I just returned from the Kronos Partnership Summit. Yes, I got to see Kronos version 8! (How jealous are you, dear readers?)

Kronos is referring to the release of version 8 as a Product Event - a release of a product that is so special it has the potential to become a game-changer for its users. In this case, I think the hype is true. Just about everyone is excited, but in all the excitement, I'm consistently hearing a few themes and some questions. We're even seeing questions and discussions over on Kronos-fans! I'd love to get a conversation started - won't you join me?

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Tags: Kronos Version 8.0

Ready for WFC 8? Successful WFM Implementation Strategies

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

Companies invest substantial labor and financial resources to
deploy workforce management software.

Why do so many projects fail?

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.

Software implementation and upgrade projects are prone to failure. Overall, an estimated 74% of IT (Information Technology) projects fail in delivering “the promised functionality on time and on budget.” An average 66% of software projects experience a cost overrun, 33% experience a schedule overrun and 17% fail so badly they can threaten the very existence of the company. In fact, 50% of businesses had an IT project fail in the last 12 months. Workforce Management Software (including Kronos®) implementations face similar threats.

Kronos® implementations can be particularly challenging and complex.

Depending on the business needs of an organization, a Kronos deployment can touch every facet of the company, including employee timekeeping, payroll, benefits and HR administration. From a technical side, HR, Payroll and Accounting systems may be affected through single and dual-feed data interfaces. Not only are employees and systems affected, but compliance with legislative mandates and union agreements can also be major concerns for a Kronos implementation. An organization implementing any Kronos version across multiple locations must also contend with a variety of local, state, federal (and in the case of an international deployment, country) regulations. Failure to adequately meet these requirements can be costly. Intangible aspects of a difficult or failed implementation impact an organization as well - no employee is happy to have their paycheck or benefits miscalculated.

Failure is not an option; strategy is the solution. [Tweet This] 

Too often, organizations will begin an IT project with no clear direction on where they currently are or where they are going. The pressure of a necessary Kronos upgrade can cause decisions without direction. The literature agrees: software project failures are often the result of inconsistent stakeholder involvement and commitment, fuzzy business objectives or a failure to align project requirements with business needs. 

Identifying and mitigating the most common sources of risk or pain points in a Kronos implementation is the first step to ensuring success.  [Tweet This] 

Strategic implementation planning must identify an organization’s Critical Success Factors (CSFs). These factors will vary by organization size, location(s) and industry. To avoid costly overruns or inadequate delivery, a successful implementation plan will include:

  • Strategic Alignment 
  • Strategic Reconciliation 
  • Gap Analysis 
  • Project Charter 
  • Change Management 

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Tags: Enterprise Kronos Implementation, Kronos Implementation

A Kronos Implementation: Planning for Complexity Part 3

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 22, 2015 11:30:00 AM

 

Over the last two weeks we have been discussing the inherent complexity in a Kronos implementation. In the part one of our planning for complexity series, we reviewed how to properly assess your project team’s mix of resources and skills by performing a current state analysis and how to create a resource inventory using that information. In part two of our Kronos Implementation series, we discussed how to start with the end in mind and how to successfullly complete a state comparison and analysis for your organization. In the final blog of our three-part series, we are going to discuss the last simplification process: the Post-Project Support Model. 

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Tags: WFC, Kronos Project Management, Kronos Implementation

A Kronos Implementation: Planning for Complexity Part 2

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

Last week we discussed the inherent complexity in a Kronos implementation: part one of our three-part series about simplifying a complex enterprise Kronos implementation or project. We reviewed how to properly assess your project team’s mix of resources and skills by performing a current state analysis and how to create a resource inventory using that information. In part two of our Kronos Implementation series, we will discuss the next step of the simplification process: starting with the end in mind.

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Tags: Kronos Project Management, Enterprise Kronos Implementation, Kronos Implementation