App Puts A Time Clock on Your Apple Watch
Employees have been punching in at work on time clocks to record their hours since the first mechanical time stamp devices came off the assembly line in the late 1800’s. By the late twentieth century, computer-based electronic time and attendance systems began to emerge. Today, workers commonly sign in with the swipe of a magnetic stripe card, or by bringing an RFID tag into proximity with a wireless reader.
Until recently, the one thing that all of these systems had in common was where the time clock was situated – at the physical business location. Now, time clocks have gone mobile. Headquartered in San Francisco, FinancialForce.com, a leading cloud ERP provider on the Salesforce App Cloud, has just unveiled FinancialForce Punch Time Tracker, their first Apple Watch application, offering instant time tracking capabilities on the go.
The app is fully integrated with FinancialForce Human Capital Management (HCM) to track day-to-day time reporting by employee and activity in real time, using dynamic dashboard displays. Employees can log their time from anywhere with a simple tap. The Tracker for Apple Watch can extend precise time tracking beyond HR to multiple departments of any organization, providing the level of visibility and accurate reporting necessary for billing discrete chargeable services to customers.
CIA on the Cloud
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sounds like just the right venue to be operating from a cloud. In fact, they have just signed a deal with Computer Science Corporation (CSC) to enlist their help migrating both data and enterprise systems to a hybrid cloud environment. The FAA has decided to fly with a platform that will include Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure. Back here on the ground, the CIA is moving forward with similar plans to consolidate operations in a brand new computing cloud.
The intelligence community has always been understandably guarded with their trade secrets, and this embrace of the covert has extended to storing their data in secure silos insulated from any outside access. The evolving threat of terrorism, however, has made it imperative for all members of the intelligence community to pool their resources and share information when it comes to threats to our safety and security. The possibility of missing a new threat because of an intelligence gap between agencies has led to today’s era of enhanced cooperation and coordination.
As part of this new integrated approach, the Central Intelligence Agency has commissioned Amazon Web Services to build a computing cloud that will service all of the seventeen agencies making up the US intelligence community. This will enable all of these venues to share information and services and will provide computing and analytic services to the entire intelligence community. It will also make it possible for any agency to access on-demand services from the CIA via a private Amazon cloud, similar to the cloud launched by the National Security Administration (NSA) in 2013.
The entirety of the CIA’s new cloud will operate behind the strongest possible intelligence firewall. The new platform employs a desktop client architecture developed in part by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The NSA and CIA will be operating as the service providers since they already have experience working with sophisticated cloud and virtualization systems. Amazon will be providing cloud services, separate from Amazon’s existing cloud operation, and all of the hardware will live inside a protected government facility.
The CIA predicts that the new approach will improve the efficiency and the security of intelligence-gathering efforts. Using common desktops and collaboration suites, literally thousands of employees will now be able to connect across multiple agencies.
A Colorful ERP
General Paints began business some 62 years ago in County Kildare, Ireland. They set up shop inside an old Irish workhouse dating back to 1841, and they specialized in high-end gloss paints, oxides, and machinery enamels. By the late 1950’s General Paints began manufacturing decorative paint for houses, and they were the first to introduce paint tinting systems to Ireland in the early 1960’s.
It was also during that period that General Paints rebranded, as Colortrend. Their success has continued, and today Colortrend is Ireland’s leading independent paint manufacturer. To maintain what is still a steady level of growth, Colortrend has adopted an enterprise solution to streamline their manufacturing processes and increase their production efficiency.
Colortrend selected an enterprise resource planning solution from Epicor ERP. It will enable them to keep up with what is predicted to be a steep growth curve and allow management to access all order data and manufacturing processes in real-time. With the support of Epicor partner Aspera Solutions, their new ERP will be able to handle Colortrend’s material requirements planning, production line and sales order processing, and customer service, all inside a single system.