(Work)Joyce lost her dad on Monday to Alzheimer’s and time. I met Mr. O’Donnell a few times at the O’Donnell family Fourth of July celebration in Rockport, MA. Tom O’Donnell was a veteran of the Korean war, started and ran a fishing business for 50 years, and even helped represent the US during one of the earliest trade missions to the former Soviet Union. That’s quite the resume right there, but to me, a big part of his legacy sits in the office next to mine every day. There sits the girl that was raised to not bat an eyelash when she played on the high school golf team. The boys team. And that was in the 60′s… I think. Then there was the sales call with the fishnet… Oh, wait. She may not want that story told here, but I bet her dad loved it.
I love this picture of Tom and Claire. On Facebook, Joyce wrote, “Rome is for lovers.” It’s grainy, like a fading memory, but it exudes the spark of life they gave their daughter, the twinkle in her eye, and the echoing laughter that lives in her, and the rest of us benefit from.
Enjoy the Piazza Della Rotonda forever, Tom and Claire.
“Saturday Night Live” was a Saturday night staple back in college. The first episode I recall viewing was episode 1 in season 4. Yep, you can look stuff up on the internet. On a couch on a shag rug on the desert floor in Tucson, Arizona, I was curious about how um, different the Rolling Stones were that night. The band played “Beast of Burden“, “Respectable” and “Shattered” from their new album Some Girls. So began the “new Stones” v. the “old Stones” debate, and that was on Oct 07, 1978, but that’s not important right now…
In April ‘79 of that SNL season, the troupe performed a skit called “The Pepsi Syndrome.” The bit was a takeoff on the movie “The China Syndrome,” which was released just 3 weeks earlier. Ironically, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred twelve days after the film’s release. It’s funny (strange) that in the promo for the episode on Amazon, cast members Jane Curtin and Dan Ackroyd are featured, and Ackroyd “punches in” to work on an old mechanical time clock! Kronos was founded the same year…
Now spilling a Pepsi on your keyboard won’t bring your system down, but there’s a Java JRE release coming out that could impact Kronos Workforce Central systems all the way to China… I’ve already blogged about this a few times, and I will be your beast of burden. All I want is for you read the TA… (It does kinda rhyme with the song…)
It’s not yet officially winter here in New England, but an icy chill has descended. As I looked out my window this morning, the company blog thing prevents me from writing what I muttered to myself while reaching for a warm fleece. Hey, at least there’s hockey. Scanning the news, I see it’s time for 2013 and 2014 lists. I’m making a list, and yeah, checking it twice. Here’s a few from the interwebs:
- IDC’s Top Ten Technology Predictions For 2014: Spending On Cloud Computing Will Exceed $100B
- Experts outline key cloud computing trends for 2014
- 12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013
Speaking of memorable quotes, here’s a few about the Kronos cloud this year. The first one really reveals two of Kronos’ great strengths, industry, workforce, and technology expertise. The combination frees organizations to focus on serving their customers instead of on technology:
“Kronos has deep expertise in the cloud and in the long-term care industry, both of which enabled us to expedite our implementation and quickly achieve measurable results. Kronos is alleviating so many aspects of managing our workforce, freeing us to focus even more on providing quality resident care.”
- Mike Evans, vice president of IT and Jeri Hamilton, director of benefits/employment, Baptist Community Services
“The proliferation of cloud computing is driving outstanding momentum for Kronos, best demonstrated by a 51 percent year-over-year increase in workforce management cloud revenue.”
- Aron Ain, Kronos chief executive officer
“The Kronos Cloud is transforming the way organizations think about and deploy workforce management solutions. From the SMBs that power our global economy to the world’s largest enterprises, thousands of organizations around the world rely on the Kronos Cloud to keep their workforce management solution running smoothly and cost-effectively every day.”
- Jim Welch, chief product officer, Kronos
Speaking of Mr. Welch, he spoke my favorite Kronos cloud quote of the year. I typically hate clichés used as business metaphors, but I liked this one. It spoke to keeping our amazing momentum in cloud going, particularly in making the cloud experience great for customers. Plus, any C-level executive that uses a hockey metaphor is OK with me…
“We’ve got to keep moving the puck forward.”
I was going to title this post, “Holiday Classics,” but that would be arrogant of me. One of the fun things about the holidays are the classic movies and TV shows. Some of my favorites are “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (TV show and movie), “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (natch), “Frosty the Snowman,” and I had forgotten about “A Rugrats Chanukah,” but that is wonderful, too. I loved watching Rugrats with my kids when they were young… In movies, of course there’s 24 hours of “Ralphie!” (“A Christmas Story”) on TBS every year, Will Ferrell’s “Elf,” the Patrick Stewart “A Christmas Carol,” and of course, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is. Well, it can be.
So in the spirit of holiday reruns, here’s one for you…
Christmas Holiday Office Party Rules
(First aired December 7, 2012)
There is no shortage of annual articles on how to not get fired by channeling Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan at your office Christmas, oops, “Holiday” party. Yeah, through the Twitterstream, I received links from ManpowerGroup, Resume Bear, Fast Company, and Blogging4Jobs. They are all worthy reads, but it really can be um, distilled down to one simple rule:
1. Don’t get drunk.
If you simply follow rule number 1, you can avoid offending, harassing, stripping, grinding Mike (why do they call him “Magic?”) from Marketing on the dance floor, or crashing down off a bar stool like a wobbly ten-pin finally toppling over… in front of the entire HR team. Really. It’s that easy. Just lay off the egg-nog.
So, rule number 1 keeps you employed. Rule number 2 keeps you and your office pals from a week of feeling like you broke rule number 1 with a whole bottle of cheap tequila:
2. Don’t double dip.
That’s really all that needs to be said for most of my boomer and GenX peers to not share germy saliva, but many of the new Millennials in the office sadly missed the Seinfeld phenomena. They stare blankly at Seinfeld references like shrinkage, the Manzier, or even Festivus, for the rest of us.
For them, here’s rule number 2:
Our National Security Agency is in the news again, this time for the revelation that they’re grabbing nearly 5 billion records a day on the location of cellphones around the world. This data theoretically allows the NSA to track people, and map their six degrees of separation to anyone. I emphasize theoretically because navigating this sea of cellphones has produced an estimated 27 terabytes of data, that’s more than 2X the text of all the books in the Library of Congress! For you keeping score at home, the LOC has more than 35 million books and other print materials on over 800 miles of bookshelves! How would you like to be the person that has to sift through all that data to produce meaningful reports? The NSA even acknowledges the program collects so much data, it is “outpacing our ability to ingest, process and store” it.
Fortunately, Kronos Workforce Central users typically don’t have terabytes of data to sift through, and they have the benefit of standard reports and workforce analytics to make sense of it. But what if they want to tweak a standard report? Well, we’ve got a webinar for that. On December 17th at 2 p.m. ET, Kronos Training Specialist Beth Ann Davis will present Customizing a Kronos Report to show you how to modify your existing Workforce Central reports to help give you even better insight into your workforce utilization and labor costs.
Beth Ann is a great presenter, and I’m sure you’ll learn a few useful reporting tricks by attending. Just one thing though… Our NSA will probably know you attended. Yeah, creepy.
Maybe the author had “a case of the Mondays” when he wrote, Time to retire term ‘cloud computing.’ I’m trying to figure out what the point of the article is other than he thinks the terms “cloud computing” and “SaaS” obfuscate. I was entertained by the piece, especially the nasty gems he crafted:
“…Marc Benioff’s antic hype…”
“…their CEOs are frequently doughy and graying…” (love that one!)
“…Citrix – selling software that let office workers connect remotely and securely to their employers’ computer network at any hour from any location, thus destroying many an employee’s nights and weekends…”
‘…the emptiness of “cloud computing” may have already achieved the Web 2.0 level of meaning nothing but a break from the past.’
What really got me was this:
“SaaS… in the end, is merely converting the inherently boring business software market from sales to rentals.”
I have to disagree. It’s much more than that in enterprise software, and even that, the rental thing – the ability to pay over time from an operating budget instead of outlaying a large chunk of capital for servers and software licenses is significant to many businesses. In our “inherently boring business software market,” our customers tell us they’re moving to Kronos cloud services for very practical reasons:
- “For the product knowledge.”
- “Over the long-term, it will save us money”
- “We had to implement rapidly.”
- “Our IT was maxed out.”
- “They manage and monitor our complex interfaces.”
- “We were at end of life on our servers.”
- “We have a personal team supporting us.”
- “We want our internal IT focused on cost systems.”
- “Corporate initiative to go to cloud.”
- “Kronos expertise.”
In our workforce management space, and with enterprise software in general, many customers see the products as complex. They are. They automate sometimes very complex business processes. So for many of the reasons our customers cite, SaaS just helps make it easier. There’s nothing cloudy about that.
“Coffee Continuity” was an alternate title for this post. It’s a play off of Oracle’s “Java” and “Business Continuity.” Get it? Occasionally I wonder if some of the things that beautifully connect in my mess of neurons are met with puzzled, “What the heck is that guy talking about?” I know that’s often my mom’s reaction… Anyway, the Business Continuity Institute defines the practice as “just common sense.” OK, that’s a little vague, so the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) gets more specific:
“The capability of the organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)”
Hmmm… Services… Like paying your people? Yeah, like that. This is my third post warning anyone who’s reading about this:
If your organization is using Workforce Central (WFC) versions 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.0 on Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7, YOU MUST install a service pack or a patch, or they’ll stop working after January 14, 2014…
For you Kronos customers, here’s the Technical Advisory describing the issue, and the fixes.
Speaking of business continuity, we are proactively contacting all Workforce Central cloud customers to schedule service pack installation by Kronos cloud support teams. All 500+ customer systems in the Workforce Central cloud will have required service packs installed by Kronos prior to January 14, 2014.
This may be something that has to wait until the first of the year, but you’ve got to take action. Well, Plan B could be to just order a bunch of vintage time cards…