While many products like computer hardware have become commodities – even software, oftentimes – time and attendance systems remain best deployed as custom-tailored solutions.
The reason for this is the same as the reason why your company hasn’t bought every piece of software Microsoft has made: every company is different – you need specific functionality from specific systems, but don’t need everything (and don’t want to pay for it, either).
Still, your company has invested a lot of time and money into its infrastructure, databases, and business software systems (e.g. payroll, ERP, CRM, etc.). You’re not going to change the way you do business just to implement a time and attendance system.
Or are you?
Without an integrated time and attendance system that has been customized to fit your business needs and business systems, you’ve only got half a solution.
Software that lacks customization options – out-of-the-box software – often limits the number of groups, departments, pay rules, and benefit accruals you can establish. Hope you don’t have a complicated corporate hierarchy and don’t need anything beyond a handful of pay rules.
You may be surprised, but many companies end-up making compromises regarding pay rules and system setup simply because they don’t realize there are cost effective solutions available that allow custom-tailoring.
Out-of-the-box time and attendance is always lacking in interoperability. Acumen’s time and attendance solutions integrate seamlessly with payroll, ERP, MRP, databases, and other business systems to provide automated, efficient functionality that synchronizes data between each of your systems.
With out-of-the-box time and attendance software, interoperability means support for three or four top-tier payroll programs. And that’s just a basic payroll export – not synchronization between business systems and databases.
Of course, the elephant in the room is cost. Surely customizable software can’t be cost effective. Well, actually, Acumen is not only feature-rich and customizable, but it is also extremely cost effective.
Our time and attendance systems can achieve a return on investment within months. Our software with complete customization and integration services is typically less than an off-the-shelf, non-customizable solution from a top-tier provider.
If cost is the bottom line and your budget is under $1,000 – sure – your only choice may be an out-of-the-box solution. Just be prepared for extremely limited functionality – maybe only simple “in” and “out” tracking.
It’s important to remember that no two time and attendance systems are the same. A thorough analysis is necessary to ensure your solution of choice achieves a balance of functionality, customizability, and cost to meet your requirements.
If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at 888-816-0933 to learn more about our robust employee time and attendance software and systems.