4 Key Questions to Ask before Investing in Workforce Management Software

Jenna Ryckman — Aug 2017

Recent studies revealed that over a quarter of software deployed by organizations is unused or rarely used. Organizations often 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. Workforce Management software is a big investment. There are many things to consider before making a decision, such as: scalability, budget, whether you’re buying more software than you need, how the new workforce management software solution will be implemented, etc. Dan Buckhout, a seasoned business management professional and strategic leader at 70kft, spoke on the mistakes organizations make when purchasing Workforce Management software. “The decision about which solution is the best for your workforce is a matter of value, not cost. A lower cost option that doesn’t perform a key function as well as a higher cost option may cause operating inefficiencies that cost your organization far more over time than the initial outlay.”  When investing in Workforce Management software, how can you best prevent lost or wasted resources? By asking the following questions:

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Discover the Details: 5 Crucial Details for a Successful WFC Upgrade

Jenna Ryckman — Nov 2015

"Details create the big picture."

Sanford I. Weill

When starting or completing an enterprise implementation or WFM upgrade, simple yet crucial elements are often overlooked. Failing to fully account and plan for all variables in the total Kronos equation guarantees an over budget and under-delivered project. An organization must be dedicated to the details of their WFM project. Kronos can be a complex project for any IT department; for example, modules have different installation procedures, care must be taken to ensure the application and web servers have the correct bandwidth and are running compatible software versions, and individual user workstations may need to be adjusted for browser compatibility. Within the organization itself, there may be exempt and non-exempt employees, multiple payrolls, union rules, scheduling issues or OSHA incident tracking requirements. Additionally, most Kronos projects require participation from a blended team of decision makers including HR, Finance, IT, Payroll, Internal Audit, etc., not to mention a very diverse mix of end-users! In this two part series, we will discuss the essential details that must not be missed during a WFM implementation or upgrade.

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Ready for WFC 8? Successful WFM Implementation Strategies

Jenna Ryckman — Jun 2015

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

Why do so many projects fail?

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A Kronos Implementation: Planning for Complexity Part 2

Jenna Ryckman — May 2015

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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How to Succeed at Project Management: Building a Proper Foundation

Jenna Ryckman — Feb 2015

We never intentionally set ourselves up for failure. However, in the world of IT project management, 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.

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