TimeClock Plus

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TimeClock Plus
TimeClock Plus Logo
Developer(s) Data Management Inc.
Stable release 4.2 (Small Business)
6.0 (Professional)
3.0 (Web Edition) and
SaaS version[1]
Operating system Windows XP+
Platform 4.2: Microsoft Windows
6.0: Microsoft Windows
Web 3.0: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X
Type Time tracking software
License TimeClock Plus EULA
Website www.timeclockplus.com

TimeClock Plus is a computerized time and attendance system developed and sold by Data Management Inc. Started as a DOS application in 1988, it now runs under Windows and has a web interface. It can also be used over the internet as a Software as a service, communicating with a database hosted by the company.

The program is organised as a series of modules, the most important of which are for employee functions such as clocking in and out, and for administration which includes facilities such as report production and employee messaging.

An early version of the program was noted for working well on low-powered computers, even though it was capable of dealing with up to 10,000 employees. In early 2011 it was being used by 50,000 companies in America.

History[edit]

TimeClock Plus was developed in 1988 as a program written in DOS and several versions were released up to 1994, with one in 1999 to fix the year 2000 problem. Versions were also written for SCO UNIX and IBM AIX. The first version for Microsoft Windows[which?] was released in 1994.

Until 2005, the software used a Dbase compatible database, but from version 5.0, it changed to Microsoft SQL. In 2006 the first web version was released as a simple, scaled down version of 5.0 for Windows. This removed the necessity of a client installation and also made the system available to Macintosh users for the first time. In 2008 a complete web version of 5.0 for Windows was introduced.

In 2010 web version 3.0 was released with all the functionality of 6.0 for Windows. Later, TimeClock Plus Hybrid was released, which allowed 3.0 for Web and 6.0 for Windows to operate together. This was followed by the SaaS model, TimeClock Plus OnDemand, which allows subscribers to use the application on a database hosted by Data Management Inc. at a SAS 70 compliant data center with encrypted data transmission and daily backups.[2] Two new employee access points were introduced in 2011: an interactive voice response system and mobile applications that run on Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry.

In August 2011 a partnership was announced between TimeClock Plus and Windsor Management Group,[3] which services "850+ school districts" around the country,[4] to bundle TimeClock Plus with the financial and HR management solution, Infinite Visions.[5] In September the same year, TimeClock Plus announced that it had formed a partnership with the Texas Computer Cooperative (TCC) which provides administrative software to Texas schools,[6]

The TimeClock Manager interface in Windows

Features[edit]

The program consists of a number of interacting modules.

The central administration segment is TimeClock Manager/WebManager which is where employees, managers, job codes, and business rules are created and maintained. Tools are available to manage hours and leave requests, generate a report, determine job code status,[7] and total hours for the day or week to prevent unnecessary overtime, send employee messages, build schedules, and track tips for service industries.[8][9] The reports break down employee time, job codes, and other information in different ways.[10]

The WebClock

The On-Screen TimeClock/WebClock is the interface used by employees to clock in, clock out, go on break, change job code, and carry out other enabled tasks such as viewing and approving hours, viewing schedules, and entering time sheets or leave requests. Missed punches may also be enabled to save time when an employee forgets to clock in or out.[11] Hardware is also available for clock operations involving a terminal that can be mounted on the wall,[12] which is configured and controlled by the WinRemote Terminal Controller.

Other significant modules are the TimeClock Scheduler/WebScheduler where schedules are created and maintained, and AutoUpdate which allows updates to be downloaded and modules to be installed. There are also over 100 payroll interface modules that can transfer hours to payroll systems.[9][13]

Reception[edit]

In 1992, the New York Times wrote that "Unlike many flashy software products, Timeclock Plus works just fine on older PC-XT's" and it can "streamline paperwork and provide managers with a handy tool for analyzing labor costs."[8] In the same year, the Miami Herald wrote that "TimeClock Plus will maintain the records of as many as 10,000 employees."[9]

In April 2011, the San Angelo Standard Times reported that TimeClock Plus scales to any size from small family owned shops to large companies like NASA and that about 50,000 companies were using the system including Boeing, Harley Davidson, Ford Motor Company, Dial, and Sara Lee.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Data Management Inc., Software overview. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Data Management Inc. "TimeClock Plus OnDemand". Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Yahoo! Finance, October 14, 2011, "Tyler Technologies Acquires Windsor Management Group, Expands Share of K-12 Education Market Nationwide".
  4. ^ Windsor Management Group, "About Us". Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  5. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek, July 19, 2011, "Windsor Management Group Partners with TimeClock Plus to Expand Time and Attendance Capabilities for School Districts".
  6. ^ PR Newswire, September 13, 2011, "TimeClock Plus™ and the Texas Computer Cooperative Enter Into Partnership".
  7. ^ Windows Magazine, May 1997, Cheryl Dominianni, "Say Good-Bye to Time Cards".
  8. ^ a b The New York Times, January 26, 1992, Peter H. Lewis, "The Executive Computer; Small Business, Handy Tools".
  9. ^ a b c The Miami Herald, March 30, 1992, Craig Crossman, "TimeClock Keeps Tabs on Labor's Hours, Costs".
  10. ^ The Daily Record, December 5, 1991, "TimeClock Plus Keeps Labor Costs in Synch".
  11. ^ a b San Angelo Standard Times, April 23, 2011, Justin Zamudio, "Time is right for San Angelo company".
  12. ^ The Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 20, 2000, David Rye, "Punching the e-clock".
  13. ^ Reno Gazette-Journal, October 25, 2011, "City, Pool Board considers time clocks"