Late last night we released TimeControl 7.1 and we couldn’t be more excited. TimeControl Industrial 7.1 was also released but we’ll do a post and more notes on that edition of TimeControl tomorrow. TimeControl 7.1 includes numerous new features and many improvements on features that are already a part of the TimeControl 7 family. The features we’ll mention here are shared by both TimeControl and TimeControl Industrial:
Line Item Approval
One aspect of TimeControl that has been a constant has been the multi-faceted way that approvals are handled. We coined the term “Matrix Approval Process for Labor Actuals™” (Yes, that’s our trademark). TimeControl has had both an organizational approval aspect and a project management line-item aspect of approvals since its very first version but now we go much, much further. The new Line Item Approval mechanism allows additional parallel approval paths to progress as part of an approval design. Imagine one stream of approvals for HR and Payroll, another for Project Management, yet another for Account Management or even another for Onsite Client approvals. The implications of how flexible approvals have just become is so vast, we’re still wrapping our heads around it and will share our insights in a white paper in the coming days.
Web Services link to Oracle Primavera EPPM
TimeControl now has two ways of linking to Oracle’s popular project management product. The existing database-to-database link will remain but for some environments this was not enough. With the new TimeControl Primavera Web Services link, TimeControl takes advantage of the Web Services API within Primavera EPPM to create a bi-directional link with the same functionality as the existing link. TimeControl has had an integration with every version of Primavera since 1997 and with this new architecture, it looks like that integration will continue for decades to come. For users of Primavera Professional or EPPM users who need intimate database-level integration in an on-premise implementation, the existing links will remain in TimeControl.
Batch Debit / Credit
TimeControl Industrial had a feature in the past used for doing Debit / Credit adjustments for many employees at the same time. In the high-volume world of TimeControl Industrial, it was a must but it was also so popular that we’ve rewritten Batch Debit / Credit and have made it part of the regular TimeControl. Administrators are likely to love this easy to use method of making adjustments for multiple timesheets and even across multiple employees in a single interface. For organizations with many adjustments to make each period, this will be welcome news.
Employee Banks Report
We didn’t talk about this much in the last version of TimeControl because it was new even to us but the Employee Banks Report is a new dynamic interface that allows administrators to view, aggregate, group, sub-group and analyze the status of all data in the Banked areas of the employee records. For larger organizations this view is tremendously powerful and allows HR managers to get a handle on what time off has been taken, what categories it’s in and what is still to be taken for any selection of staff.
And so much more…
These are just the more visible changes available as part of TimeControl and TimeControl Industrial 7.1. There are so many more changes under the covers including performance improvements for high capacity or high volume implementations, ergonomic improvements to many of the screens, and improvements to the table interface which makes it faster to perform most functions.
You can get it now!
TimeControl version 7.1 is available immediately. Find out more about the new features at TimeControl.com/features/latest. Existing users with a current support contract can access the upgrade at no charge at TimeControl.com/support/updates.
TimeControlOnline users will be updated automatically in the coming weeks.