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Kronos has been around for more than three decades and 17 years in Australia with workforce management solutions, now all cloud based, launching Workforce Ready locally.

Kronos today announced the availability of ‘Workforce Ready’ in Australia, delivering enterprise-class workforce management solutions in the cloud to small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).

Aimed at organisations with 100-999 employees, Workforce Ready will help SMEs improve productivity and agility, providing benefits for both employers and employees.

At a media lunch briefing, Jim Kizielewicz, Senior VP and CMO of Kronos, introduced the Australian version of its Workforce Ready software, which needed customisation to Australia’s award rates, labour rules, rostering requirements and more - work in started on more than a year ago to get right for Australian companies.

Kronos purchased the software 3 years ago from a firm in New Jersey, which itself created it 11 years ago, and has naturally updated it dramatically since then, fully integrating it with the rest of Kronos’ cloud software suite.

iTWire asked Kizielewicz to explain what products and services Kronos offers and to detail what Workforce Ready does for businesses and the modifications it needed to suit the Australian market.

Kizielewicz spoke of various existing Australian clients and partners, explained why companies should choose Kronos over its competitors, and in a new theme to my interviews, answered a couple of Ashton Kutcher-inspired questions.

These were to find out what the best advice was Kizielewicz had receive to get him where he is today, and to find out what his ‘high school hustle’ was when he was younger, as explained in the video.

Kizielewicz also looked at where the industry will be in the next 12 months and then over the next five to ten years, and gave us his final message for iTWire viewers, readers, and current and potential Kronos customers, with the video embedded below.

After that we delve into more details surrounding the launch of Kronos Workforce Ready in Australia - please read on!

Ok, so onto more detail about Kronos Workforce Ready, launched today in Australia.

Kronos shares a few stats about Australian businesses, noting that:

  • Aberdeen Group’s 2015 study entitled ‘Productivity: Managing and Measuring a Workforce’ revealed that Australian businesses lag behind the rest of the working world in workforce utilisation and automated time and attendance. These findings demonstrate that better management of the workforce is needed to enable Australian SMEs to retain talent, maintain solid growth, and sustain their competitive advantage.
  • SMEs face similar challenges as larger organisations, but are stretched to do more with fewer resources. Simultaneously, employees are increasingly seeking greater mobility, flexibility, and control.
  • Findings by Aberdeen Group about workforce management for SMEs found that:
    • 61% of SMEs feel pressure to improve their workforce planning capabilities;
    • SMEs are 7% more likely to cite a need to improve workforce planning capabilities as a critical challenge in driving their focus on workforce management; and
    • Large enterprises are 31% more likely than SMEs to be able to provide managers with access to real-time employee attendance data.
    • Australia SMEs are increasingly looking to technology innovations to help improve productivity and drive business growth. Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Microsoft in a 2014 report entitled ‘Joined-Up Innovation: Making the right connections across Australia’s innovation ecosystem to support our future growth and international competitiveness’ suggests that transforming Australia’s SME laggards to leaders through use of technology could increase GDP by nearly $6 billion (0.4%), raising revenue in the economy by $11 billion.
  • Key to this is adoption of technologies, such as mobile communications and cloud computing, to offer SMEs access to solutions that were previously only affordable to large enterprises.

Kronos says that Workforce Ready is a ‘cloud workforce management solution that provides SMEs with applications that improve productivity, control labour costs, and minimise compliance risk by fully automating labour-intensive processes.’

It offers SMEs ‘the ability to choose the features needed today, as well as flexibility to expand as required in the future.’

Features include time and attendnace, scheduling, absence management, mobile access and real-time reporting tools.

By capitalising on its hosted multi-tenant architecture, Kronos says Workforce Ready uses a simple Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) pricing approach. Applications are available on a per-employee, per-month basis, accompanied by fixed-price implementation services.

Peter Harte, MD of Kronos, Australia and New Zealand said: “SMEs are one of the growth engines of the Australian economy. From our discussions with SMEs, we know they are stretched to deliver more with limited resources.

“In response to their need for a simple, cloud workforce management solution, Kronos, the world leader in this area, is releasing Workforce Ready in Australia. The business environment is growing more complex for small and midsize organisations.

“There is pressure from employers to accommodate more flexibility and provide more mobile touch points, while, from a business perspective, they are under pressure to improve their workforce productivity.

“Kronos Workforce Ready provides SMEs with solutions that make workforce management simpler while empowering them with real-time data to make more informed decisions.”

Ms. Michael M. Moon, research director, HCM, Aberdeen Group said: “According to our research (Workforce Management for the SMB: Big Results for Small and Medium Business, 2015), 61% of SMEs feel pressure to improve their workforce planning capabilities.

“These organisations are turning to cloud delivery models to enable workforce management automation and integration to deliver functionality to help drive organisational productivity, without creating additional burden for HR and IT departments.”

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