Schedule 2000 is a labour scheduling system. This system was designed for the NT operating system but exchanges data with a host AS/400 payroll system through an efficient ODBC replication tool. Four applications make up this system:
The Scheduler is a graphical tool that allows managers to build schedules easily.
Some of the features of this tool:
The swipe handler replaces the need to purchase time clocks. Any workstation with the proper equipment, such as barcode scanners, installed can be used to record swipes. Of course the server time is used for all swipes!
If the swipe is early, late, or unexpected, employees have the opportunity to record their reasons. This tool was designed so it could be used with a touch screen monitor.
The Payroll Handler is used by managers to deal with last minute changes in the schedule. It is also used to handle alerts raised by the system as a result of questionable activities by the employees.
This tool was designed to be used with a touch screen monitor. This allows a manager to be interrupted in the middle of a busy day to make a quick shift change at any workstation without having to revert to hand written notes. Dealing with someone calling in sick could theoretically be handled in less then 20 seconds. If the manager is interrupted, the system protects itself by logging off automatically after a given time.
The Schedule 2000 system will raise alerts whenever actions such as swipes are missed or late. The payroll handler also allows managers to see and deal with these alerts making appropriate changes and comments.
The Replicator synchronizes data between the Schedule 2000 system and the TIPS payroll system running on the AS/400. It moves HR reference data from TIPS into Schedule 2000 and moves schedule information the other way. In addition, it generates alerts for any missed swipes.
This tool uses ADO and ODBC and can be customized to fit many corporate payroll and human resource systems making the Schedule 2000 system a good fit for just about any company.
Mark Dornian Ibex Consulting