Kronos Workforce Central 7 is STILL 78% Java Free!
Man, it’s been a long week for a short week. It got to the point where I wondered if my post on Workforce Central 7 being Java free for about 78% of users was induced by some hallucinogenic dropped in my coffee, but although my post contributed to an internal kerfuffle… it’s still true. I got my information directly from Kronos Engineering (see, the slide’s right there!), but I’m in marketing, so it was natural for some people to think I was just making stuff up. So, the challenges and questions began. I hope these concerns, and the responses by Kronos Engineering help bring some clarity to what can be a little um, cloudy, like when you add half and half to your coffee…
To reiterate, with our new Workforce Central 7 Navigator interface, it is possible to deliver a Java-free desktop experience for all employee functions except for Workforce Activities (small % of customers).
Here are some specific issues Kronos Engineering responded to:
- Cannot view classic timecard – Classic timecard is our legacy timecard application, which was and remains written in Java. For a Java-free desktop environment, customers should use the new Navigator employee timecard.
- No genies – genies are a function used almost exclusively by managers, and do require desktop Java.
- No alerts – This is not accurate. The new alerts framework is delivered with Navigator in Workforce Central 7.
- Must have Flash – True, but Flash does not require Java.
- If you have manager access, you must have Java – True. Most manager functions continue to require desktop Java.
- Still need Java loaded on the desktop – Per the comments above, Java on the desktop is not needed for employee functionality when the Navigator interface is used.
- May limit some functionality – There are a number of typical front line manager or HR functions that very few customers intermittently allow employees to access. Again, for the large majority of organizations and employee users these do not pose a problem, but for transparency sake, we wanted to make you aware of them since they are typically manager functions, and are NOT desktop Java free in Workforce Central 7:
- Timecard View Audit Trail
- Timecard perform Historical Edits
- Mark exceptions as reviewed
- Approve Overtime
- Edit long term leave cases
- Pay Rule Analysis
- Manage Accrual Transitions
- Reset Accrual Balances
- Update Accrual Balances
- Move Accrual Balances
- View Accrual Profile Assignments
These are the questions and answers regarding Workforce Central 7 and desktop Java that I’m aware of. If I learn more, you’ll be the first to know. Now I need that coffee…