Blogging on Caffeine

Jeff Millard — Apr 2012

One of my “am I really the only one who sees this problem?” complaints is about the lack of cream at coffee houses. You can find various kinds of flavorings, ‘creamers’ and ‘whiteners’ but the state of the art at most places seems to be milk or, at best, half-and-half. I’m actually more upset about vendors considering any white substance cream and customers accepting it. (I recently had a 10 minute discussion with a barista about their lack of cream while she stared at me quizzically with a carton of half-and-half in her hand saying “But I just refilled the creamer!?!?”). We both walked away scratching our heads.

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Kronos Workforce Central Employee Effective Dating (Part 1)

Raymond Ney — Apr 2012

Mark your calendars and let’s talk about dates, specifically employee effective dates! I’d like to start off by posing some questions that came up during a recent implementation for an employee import:

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Kronos Workforce Central New Feature: Integration Manager

Raymond Ney — Dec 2011

Continuing with the series on New Features with Workforce Central (WFC) version 6.1 and later, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite products: Workforce Integration Manager (typically referred to as WIM). What is Workforce Integration Manager? For those upgrading, WIM and the WIM Interface Designer are the two components that now replaces the older product known as Connect. For those familiar with Workforce Timekeeper, remember the Custom URLs feature? It's similar, but much more than that. Continue reading to find out more!

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Where were you when the page was blank?

Jeff Millard — May 2011

My father used to ask his young engineer recruits “Where were you when the page was blank?” when they complained about the design of something existing that they had to interface too. On the face of it the question implies they should have spoken up much earlier. The subtext, however, was usually that since the design often pre-dated the young engineer’s birth he or she may not yet have sufficient seniority to be disparaging other’s designs. It also reminded people that the original designers designed to the original requirements not to what came along years later with new concepts, methods, tools, or technologies in the mix. So basically if you weren’t in the room when all those requirements were being discovered and decided upon then you probably have no basis to comment. Until my father’s engineers learned this they weren’t invited to anymore design discussions.

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Kronos Connect and the funny little *A

Bryan deSilva — Jan 2011

Little tidbit for the Connect newbies out there. Check out the Kronos Connect screen below. See field 008 Temp Department? In the Action column, the Always Blank is preceded by (*A).

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BRASSING OUT - Kronos Data Mining

Jeff Millard — Oct 2010

Underground mines are required to have a TAG IN/OUT board that miners use to indicate when they go underground and when they leave the mine. Go into the mine, put your tag on the IN side, leave the mine and put your tag on the OUT side. This is known as “BRASSING IN” or “BRASSING OUT” since many mines continue to use brass tags with the miner's name stamped on it. The obvious purpose is to quickly and easily tell who is underground if there is a problem or at the end of the day. (If you think missing your carpool ride home is bad just imagine missing the last elevator out of the mine with no one checking for stragglers)

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The Software Swamp

Bryan deSilva — Sep 2010

Last fall, I decided to take a walk to clear my head between battles with some software that was frustrating me. My walk took me through some public parkland and an adjacent golf course. Part of the golf course has been closed for a few years due to drainage problems caused by seepage from a deteriorating dam. The dam was rebuilt in the past year. The fairway grass looked much shorter than last year indicating that it had been mowed sometime this summer (last year it was a few feet tall in places), and recent months had been fairly dry so I decided to take a shortcut down one of the fairways. Well, it wasn't a shortcut. I ended up zigzagging my way down the fairway in search of the high spots as much of the fairway was boggy. Which is comparable to how I felt when I was getting frustrated by the software a few moments earlier.

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