All Press Releases for March 09, 2017

HMS Releases TimeControl Version 7.1

HMS Software has announced that it has released TimeControl version 7.1. This upgrade to TimeControl includes numerous extensions to existing features and a number of exciting new features.

    MONTREAL, QC, March 09, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- One aspect of TimeControl that has been a constant has been the multi-faceted way that approvals are handled. We coined the term "Matrix Approval Process for Labor Actuals " (Yes, that's our trademark). TimeControl has had both an organizational approval aspect and a project management line-item aspect of approvals since its very first version but now we go much, much further. The new Line Item Approval mechanism allows additional parallel approval paths to progress as part of an approval design. Imagine one stream of approvals for HR and Payroll, another for Project Management, yet another for Account Management or even another for Onsite Client approvals. The implications of how flexible approvals have just become is so vast, we're still wrapping our heads around it and will share our insights in a white paper in the coming weeks.

TimeControl now has two ways of linking to Oracle's popular project management product. The existing database-to-database link will remain but for some environments this was not enough. For clients who are using TimeControl Online in the cloud or Primavera's EPPM environment in the cloud, integrating the two systems was a challenge. Now with the Web Services link, TimeControl takes advantage of the Web Services API within Primavera EPPM to create a bi-directional link with the same functionality as the existing link. TimeControl has had an integration with every version of Primavera since 1997 and with this new architecture, it looks like that integration will continue for decades to come.

TimeControl Industrial had a feature in the past used for doing Debit / Credit adjustments for many employees at the same time. In the high-volume world of TimeControl Industrial, it was a must but it was also so popular that we've rewritten Batch Debit / Credit and have made it part of the regular TimeControl. Administrators are likely to love this easy to use method of making adjustments for multiple timesheets and even across multiple employees in a single interface. For organizations with many adjustments to make each period, this will be welcome news.

We didn't talk about this much in the last version of TimeControl because it was new even to us but the Employee Banks Report is a new dynamic interface that allows administrators to view, aggregate, group, sub-group and analyze the status of all data in the Banked areas of the employee records. For larger organizations this view is tremendously powerful and allows HR managers to get a handle on what time off has been taken, what categories it's in and what is still to be taken for any selection of staff.

With all the new reporting options in the TimeControl 7 architecture, it was time to redesign and rewrite the User Profiles area of the product that dealt with reports. There are now specific areas to define access for the Report Interface, the Drill-Down Analyzer, the timesheet Worksheet and the Legacy Reports. This provides more granularity for giving access to the data and features users with a particular profile can access. In addition, a super-user function allows a User Profile to be created to give certain TimeControl Administrators access to all timesheet data without restriction to make changes.

There are many more changes under the covers including performance improvements for high capacity or high volume implementations, ergonomic improvements to many of the screens, and improvements to the table interface which makes it faster to perform most functions.

Based in Montreal, Canada with offices in Toronto, HMS Software has been a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet systems and services since 1984. HMS Software's first customized timesheet application was written in 1984. With the launch of TimeControl as a commercial application in 1994, HMS Software began servicing clients worldwide.

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