• Subject: Re: Looking for an AS/400 Timeclock solution
  • From: Quazy <quazy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 08:47:35 -0600

We use Kronos TKAS  with Lawson Payroll.
We also have a 720, but you don't need much horse power to run kronos.

We decided to use NC's as are time clocks so that the punches would go to 
the 400 immediately and the employees would get a nice interface that they 
could check there hours and vacation balances on. (We are also planing on 
giving them the ability to change there address and W2 declarations and 
stuff at the clock.)  They also have a Java interface for the clock, but at 
our implementation time it had serious performance problems.

We are running about 250 NC's as dedicated time clocks in 25 states 
including Hawaii. With around 24,000 employees.

We then do a nightly interface from Lawson to Kronos to update the employee 
master file. And the on payroll day we do a interface of the hours from 
Kronos to Lawson.  This process works really well.

The only problem we have is that since we have such a large number of 
employees our DB is getting large. It Grows at about 1GB a month.
Thus when we do reporting in the history module the reports run very slow 
because of the way they were written.  So we are planning on creating our 
own archiveing process, and rewriting some of the reports.

If you have any other questions let me know.

At 08:38 AM 11/22/00 -0500, you wrote:
>My organization needs to implement a timeclock system to eliminate the
>current paper process used by part-time staff and all student workers.
>A lot of individual departments are looking at standalone PC clock
>systems and of course they all found a different version that they like.
>  I have been asked to find a single system that will provide campus wide
>timeclock solution.
>Our environment is....
>AS/400 720 - lots of spare disk and CPU time - 2 100MB ethernet NICs
>25+ Novell Netware Servers for email, file and print sharing
>Full campus wide ethernet network (including 3 remote sites)
>AS/400 and Netware servers share data via FTP controlled from the
>LAWSON Payroll
>All employees and students have mag stripe and bar-coded id cards
>8 In-house AS/400 experienced programmers and technical staff.
>I believe the best solution would be ethernet connected mag stripe
>readers for timeclocks that can do immediate relay to the AS/400 or
>store local for later transmission in case the AS/400 is down for
>backup/upgrade and the rare but happen repairs.  With management
>applications on the AS/400 to allow review, supervisor approval,
>reporting and transfer into our LAWSON Payroll.
>Has anyone out there implemented this type of system and if so how did
>you do it and what hardware/software do you use ?
>Mike Cunningham
>Director of Computer Services
>PA College of Technology
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