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Friday Cloud Cocktail

September 4, 2015

coconut-cloud-martiniAn online news site called “Tech Cocktail” tells us Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing New Careers. Sure is. Here’s a top 10 list of Kronos jobs with the word “cloud” in them and open right now.

  1. Cloud Customer Success Manager- West Coast
  2. Healthcare Cloud Overlay Rep
  3. Cloud Customer Success Manager
  4. Cloud Systems Engineer IV
  5. Dir Product Support- Cloud Application Management
  6. Dir, Cloud Program Mgmt
  7. Cloud Systems Architect-Network & Security
  8. Cloud Infrastructure Security Architect
  9. Sr Cloud Network Engineer
  10. Senior Cloud Product Manager

There are over 200 open positions world-wide at Kronos, and in case you’re new here, Kronos is a great place to work.

Finally, you never know when an opportunity will present itself, so just in case you need to get your geek on this long Labor Day (US) weekend, here’s How to Talk Cloud at Cocktail Parties.

See, that’s how it works here. It’s the circle of cloud.

Have a safe weekend!

What is Kronos TechKnowledgy at KronosWorks?

September 3, 2015

Viva-Las-VegasOK, it’s a weekend in Vegas paid for by your employer, but the benefit to them is that you’ll be immersed in two days of intense Kronos Workforce Central training led by certified Kronos instructors! It really is a unique opportunity to work with Kronos subject matter experts to extend your technical skills and get more value from your Kronos solution. So yeah, it won’t be a party. You’ll be working hard. Haven’t you ever heard there’s no such thing as a free weekend in Vegas? Here’s what a few TechKnowledgy attendees had to say last year:

“I appreciated the compact and efficient presentations of materials. Good mix of hands on learning and information-Beth Ann was a great trainer-very engaging and thorough.” 
“We are very excited about the information we learned in the session and will definitely be using it once we upgrade!”
“Best Practices is hard to learn any other way.”

After 2 days of building your giant Kronos brain, KronosWorks officially begins Sunday night with our Welcome Reception. With earlybird registration, you can save $200 on the conference and $150 more on Kronos TechKnowledgy if you register by Friday!

Here’s the Kronos TechKnowledgy schedule including 4 new workshops for 2015! You can pick one each day on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Click the schedule for more specifics on each workshop.

Cloud is the Drug You’re Thinking of…

September 2, 2015

TWS29.600.prescriptionToward the end of each week, our Social Media Mom sends out the Time Well Spent cartoon for the following week. When I saw this week’s edition, Roxy Music’s 1975 hit began playing in my head and hasn’t stopped since. Yeah, that’s how it works here. Anyway, just like a couple ibuprofen, the cloud can be a big pain reliever for IT professionals. In fact, a Boston Research Group study of Kronos customers in the cloud found that 4 of the top 5 benefits they were realizing were tied to unburdening their IT staff:

Kronos Cloud Reasons

So… Got an IT headache? Take one of these and call me in the morning:

Kronos Spotlight Series II

September 1, 2015

This is the second in a series of profiles of Kronos employees who work hard to deliver the experience our customers expect. Just yesterday I received an email about a 2,000 employee retailer getting a strong start and early success with our Workforce Central in the cloud. I wasn’t surprised to see Kim Geller’s name in the email acknowledging the Kronos team that helped the customer make it happen.

By Terri Edkins

gellerWho: Kimberley Geller
What: Program Manager, Advanced Testing Services Team
Time at Kronos: 9 years
Best part of the job: Loves to be onsite with customers showing them how much fun testing can be!

The first thing I noticed about her was that she personally greeted and shook hands with every one of the attendees at her KronosWorks session. I’d soon come to understand that this comes from her background as a store manager for a well-known lingerie retailer, where greeting customers is standard operating procedure. And the fact that she is just such a nice, friendly person.

Kim is also a testing geek. That well-known lingerie retailer? She ended up in their flagship store, doing the testing and scheduling for a major systems implementation. From there she went into full-time testing and received her software testing certification through the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. As Kim says “I know this sounds strange, but I absolutely LOVE testing.”

Now she gets to help customers develop new ways to shortcut product testing and make their lives less stressful during the test and certify phase of a new implementation, upgrade or product add on. And with her 12 years of experience she knows all the tips and tricks to get them through testing unscathed.

Learning Keeps You Young at Heart

August 31, 2015

With temperatures forecast to be in the 80’s to 90’s this week in New England, Summer still feels endless, but with my 7 year old grand-daughter starting school today, a melancholy breeze is cooling that feeling down. With me slightly traumatized on this September eve, Melissa Spinella is stepping in to pinch-post.

knowledgepassBy Melissa Spinella

It’s that time of year where thoughts of long summer days filled with vacations, fun, and sun are suddenly transformed to the reality of cooler nights, hectic fall schedules, and all things pumpkin! It also brings about “back to school” thoughts – in fact, in fall 2015, roughly 50.1M kids will head back to public elementary and secondary schools according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

However, learning isn’t only for the young. In fact, Aristotle said it best, “Education is the best provision for old age.” We must continue to learn to stay relevant in both our work and our life in general. There is constant change that we need to learn and understand – especially with technology!

One way that Kronos helps customers keep up on all the new enhancements and functionality in our latest software versions is with KnowledgePass™. With KnowledgePass, you have 24/7 access to courses, videos and tutorials that can help prepare you for an upgrade, brush up on tasks for year-end, or learn a specific skill for when a colleague is on vacation – anytime, anywhere. See what KnowledgePass is all about with this informative video:

Just one word. Robots.

August 28, 2015

“May I help you find something?”

If the 1967 classic “The Graduate” were to be remade in 2017 on its 50th anniversary, here’s the one word change I would make:

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Robots.

Do you use the self-checkout line at the grocery store? I do. Does it ever occur to you that a human used to do that? I wonder what they’re doing now… Recently there’s been a spate of stories about robots in the workforce, driven largely by a new Forrester report, The Future of Jobs, 2025: Working Side-By-Side with Robots.

It’s eye-opening to see what robots can do today, and they will certainly displace workers the same way technology has been since the industrial revolution. The estimates on job displacement vary from article to article, but if you can add value to the human experience in work, you’ll find work.

“At a game like this, a gifted human player could always triumph over the game’s AI, because software couldn’t improvise. It could either react randomly, or in a limited number of predetermined ways, based on a finite number of preprogrammed conditions. This was an axiom in videogames, and would be until humans invented true artificial intelligence.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Anyway, it’s Friday and the thought of being replaced by a robot is unsettling. Besides, Kronos is looking to fill over 200 positions globally, and none require robotics skills.

Where to Find Kronos Training

August 27, 2015
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Workforce Central 8 Learning Path

Catching up on some LinkedIn mail, I saw that Carl asked “Are there any training materials available anywhere to get started in Kronos Workforce Central Administration?”

Why yes, there are!

I advised Carl to check out the learning paths to Workforce Central 8 on our public web site:

KW2015 AgendaKronosWorks is also a great place to get a ton of training during our 2-day Pre-Conference Kronos TechKnowledgy Training, plus over 120 conference sessions AND Education Workshops, our 90-minute, hands-on computer workshops taught by our certified instructors!

Oh, and you’ll also be able to meet about 2,000 Kronos users, partners and Kronos employees. Plus, you know, it’s Vegas so there’s that… plus a big country pop group to rock our customer appreciation event!

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