After my day off in the Cosmos, I’m back, as promised, to write about the cloud, and who doesn’t love a sequel! What triggered me was a post by Holger Mueller on Oracle’s progress in the cloud. Last week Holger reported similar advances by SAP. It seems the chatter by some that tech “dinosaurs” like Oracle and SAP weren’t going to be able to make the transition from on-premise software to Software as a Service (SaaS) were engaged in some wishful thinking. The “true SaaS” bias and raging competition evokes very emotional responses as illustrated in this LinkedIn conversation about Oracle winning a customer back to their Oracle Fusion HCM (cloud) solution from Workday. The thread reveals strong opinions from those on both sides of the issue (including analysts), and even includes a response from the CFO of the customer!
It’s no surprise some of the the self described “SaaS bigots” doubted the ability of on-premise software vendors to make the transition. There’s a significant change to a company business model when moving from a “money up front” licensed software model to a “deferred revenue” SaaS model. Then there’s the software architecture itself, pricing, and Sales compensation models that needs change. All of those change management issues scream “DANGER” like a sign outside a raptor cage. Staying in the real world though, On-Premise to SaaS: Road Less Traveled is an excellent post describing many of the transition issues “the dinosaurs” face. Fortunately for Kronos, we saw the asteroid coming, and began moving Workforce Central customers to the cloud in 2006. Our momentum continues. We have over 500 customers in our Workforce Central cloud, and the pace of customers moving there is accelerating. Just in the past couple weeks, we’ve had 10 more customers (and nearly 135,000 employees) “go-live” across several industries, and scaling in size from 200 to 100,000 employees!
I bet you didn’t think a “dinosaur” could move so fast…
|Well products and services||Manufacturing||1,000||Upgrade||02/24/14|
|State Agency||Public Sector||1,800||Upgrade||02/27/14|
|Global Tax Services firm||Services||200||New||03/01/14|
|Global animal health company||Manufacturing||9,000||Upgrade||03/03/14|
|Community youth development||Services||1,900||New||03/06/14|
The premier of the new “Cosmos” last night has me feeling significantly insignificant this morning. The new series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, began by attempting to provide viewers some context of the massive scale of space and time we exist in. These provide some perspective on the miracle of our being:
- Space: The diameter of the “observable” (viewing light with telescopes) universe is estimated to be 93 billion light-years. Oh, and one “light-year” is around 6 trillion miles. The entire universe is estimated to be 250 times that… Yeah, don’t try to do all that math in your head.
- Time: The universe is estimated to be 13.8 billion years old. To provide an understandable scale of where we are across that time-frame, original “Cosmos” series creator and host, Carl Sagan imagined the “cosmic calendar.” Sagan distributed the 13.8 billion years across 12 months, with the “big bang” occurring in the first second of January 1, and each month representing a little over a billion years. In the “cosmic calendar,” all of our recorded history on Earth has taken place during the last 14 seconds of December 31st. For example, the voyage of Christopher Columbus happened at 11:59:59 PM on December 31st. Yeah. Mind blowing.
Given the title of this post, I had intended to wrap this up with some cutesy link to our cloud solutions, but I just can’t. Maybe I’ll blog about the cloud tomorrow. For now, I think the message of “Cosmos” is that we all help each other to make the best of our shared nanosecond of existence.
“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group… Groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together [is] surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.” - Carl Sagan – “Cosmos”
Oh, I’m an all-in conspirator too, but screaming headlines sell papers. Still, as I sit here wondering what to write, it occurs to me there must be some kind of conspiracy against working women, otherwise, how do you explain this:
I mean the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in nineteen sixty-four… That’s 50 years ago! Based on our “progress” of $0.003529 per year closing the gap, we’ll need 65 more years to reach wage parity… Here’s my opinion. In spite of laws against discrimination, people still do it, although today practices like gender bias are more subtle, and you really can’t know what’s in the hearts and minds of people making hiring and compensation decisions. Not many people want to look racist, homophobic, or sexist, but biases are slow to leave a culture, and that’s why International Women’s Day will be important for decades to come. Well, at least until 2079 in the US…
(Work)Joyce’s tweet above, and many others may be found in the transcript of our tweetchat from earlier this week in honor of International Women’s Day. Here are the questions our participants (including me) answered and discussed:
Q1: The theme this year for #womensday is inspiring change. How has a female leader inspired you?
Q2: In what ways does gender still matter in the workplace?
Q3: What are the changes needed to ensure that women are full participants in the workplace?
Q4: What are the most effective ways that managers can engage & develop their female employees?
Q5: How can we get more women in STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) careers? Do you think this will help bridge the skills gap?
Q6: Unfortunately wage inequality still exists. How does it affect companies hiring and looking to retain talent?
Q7: How will your organization celebrate #womensday?
In answer to #7, Kronos is giving all employees the day off tomorrow! Like I spend many Saturday’s, I’ll enjoy it with my son and granddaughter, doing whatever she asks me to…
Today’s guest post is by Ed Wegryn, FPC, PMP – HRMS Industry Principal at Kronos (and Cleveland Indians fan). Ed has twenty-five years of diverse experience in ERP, HCM and Workforce Management software, sales and consulting as a Director, Managing Partner, VP, CFO, Controller, and Project Manager.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a garage, is it detached from your home? I had a detached garage, and as I trudged many a cold morning or night through grassy puddles or snow, I longed for the attached version. It reminds me of having disparate systems and multiple vendors for HR, Benefits, Talent, Self-Service, Payroll and Timekeeping. Just like the attached garage… Integrated, unified, easier, faster, efficient, protection, low risk, one.
By adding Kronos Workforce HR™, and Workforce Payroll™ to your existing Kronos Workforce Timekeeper™ system you and your cross-functional users will achieve the same feeling — togetherness with single point of entry for employee data and one source of the truth from one solution provider. Here are the practical benefits of adding HR & Payroll to your Kronos Workforce Central suite:
With integrated HR, Payroll and timekeeping in Workforce Central, adding a new hire instantly onboards that person throughout your organization. The new hire’s schedule, hours, pay scale, position, health & welfare benefits, leave, PTO, deductions, adjustments, taxation, reportable compliance information and other data become part of a single, comprehensive universe of workforce management information critical to managing the employee lifecycle by various users — from line supervisors and financial analysts to HR staff and the individual employee. That means HR can spend less time on administrative tasks, and focus on strategic initiatives.
Employee data is interdependent. Mistakes, delays, misinformation, and confusion occur when data is in multiple systems and databases rather than in one platform. All workforce management data resides in Workforce Central’s single database. This means your data is accessible to Kronos payroll, HR, time and attendance, self-service, open enrollment and other functions without additional interfaces, manual, scripts, or links.
What have other Kronos customers gained by adding Workforce HR™ and Workforce Payroll™ and having employee data all in one place? Greater employee engagement, fewer employee & manager inquiries, real-time data for in-the-moment decisions, more efficient benefit enrollment and payroll processes, speedy accurate compliance reporting, less paper, less dual entry, less support, more togetherness.
As you think about adding HR & Payroll modules to Workforce Central, also consider moving your Workforce Central Solution to the Kronos Cloud. That takes the mundane operational pressures off your HR and IT pros. It’s like we build and maintain the garage – and keep it clean! Kronos provides the infrastructure, maintains it, and keeps your Kronos applications up to date. All you have to do is pull into the garage… and your home, safe and dry!
Last night (Play)Joyce and I were guests of friends for the Bruins game in Boston. When she told me, my first instinct wasn’t how cool it would be to see our friends and sit twenty feet from center ice, but rather the aggravation of fighting rush-hour traffic and stressing during it about whether we’d arrive in time to meet our friends with the tickets… Perhaps out of desperation, my mind went downbound to the train. Yeah, there’s a commuter rail stop about 2 miles from my office that stops 2 escalators from Boston Garden. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve constructed the table below to give you the car v. train comparison.
As we got close to home after a wonderful night, I asked (Play)Joyce if she’d write today’s post for me. “I’ve got nothing” was my pathetic plea. She thought a bit, then replied, “Maybe you could write about what a great experience the train was, and how it was so easy… you know, like the cloud.”
My poor girl. She hears way too much about the cloud…
|Cost||$7.34 gas, plus
$30 – $50 for parking
|$32 RT fare for 2, plus $4 for parking||A wash to slightly
|Time||90-180 minutes RT, depending on traffic||70 minutes RT||How much is
your time worth?
|Labor||Me – Driving||Me – shoulder being a pillow for (Play)Joyce “resting her eyes.”||What could your IT staff be doing instead of maintaining software?|
|Eco||1/5 the energy consumption of a car per passenger||A cloud datacenter is very likely more
efficient than yours.
|Security||26 times safer than travel by automobile||A cloud datacenter security is very likely better than yours.|
|Convenience||Train platform was 50 feet from parking spot||All you have to do is
use the software.
Leave the driving to professionals who drive the same road 24/7.
|Aggravation||See “traffic” and “parking” above||Had to sit with our
backs facing forward
on the return trip
|Your Service Level Agreement (and potential penalties
to the vendor)
help to minimize it.
Mary Carol was an orphan at 7, working full-time at Polaroid ten years later, my mom at 18, and a college graduate the year I graduated high-school. Then she worked as a cardiac-care nurse for 29 years, often the 11p-7a “graveyard” shift so that she’d be present when her sons got home from school. As a mother, she’s had many colorful challenges presented by 3 sons, and has handled them all with firmness and strength. Fortunately for me, my mother’s example etched an image of resilience and self-sufficiency, so it’s no surprise I’m very comfortable in this life surrounded by strong and independent women. I don’t know anything else.
Today, Kronos is holding a tweet chat about women in the workplace in honor of International Women’s Day, coming up on Saturday, March 8th . Jump in with your views today at 12pm ET using the Twitter hashtag, #Kronoschat. If you’re new to the tweet chat thing, Tweetchat.com is a good platform to use…
Here’s a wonderful infographic from Catalyst, titled The Ripple Effect: What’s Good for Women is Good for the World, plus a few of the posts I’ve written about the strong women in my life. I’m grateful for all of them.