Ceridian Technology Review
System Integration Capabilities
At the heart of the Ceridian offering is an integrated payroll and HR system, writing human resources and payroll transactions to a single database. Data imported from the other components – Ceridian Self- Service, Ceridian Time Solutions and Ceridian Recruiting Solutions – is written to the database tables and when appropriate, payroll transactions are created and sent for processing. HR data is seamlessly shared between the integrated products to ensure a single, consolidated data source. This data exchange functionality also guarantees that time-critical data can be made available to third party providers.
As for data input options, Ceridian’s solution provides a broad range, from data collection terminals with barcode readers, to proximity and biometric readers, magnetic stripes and browser-based capabilities. In order to ensure smooth payroll operation for clients, integration with legacy systems can be performed using web services. Groupware integration is somewhat restricted - the Recruiting Solution is the only component integrated with Outlook for scheduling and calendar appointments – however, all other Ceridian components offer the capability to send emails directly, just not integrated to Microsoft Outlook. Currently, Ceridian's HR/Payroll Solution does not sync items but the system does allow for importing of data.
Software Customization Capabilities
Ceridian is quick to point up the capability to properly customize the payroll application without changing the underlying code –using layers of abstraction to keep application logic and data logic intact. Software customization is effectively built-in, enabling users to alter the system to suit their needs, changing prompts, choice lists, and default values so as to automate repetitive data entry tasks. End-users can also add new screens and fields (or customize the existing documentation) without having to resort to calling upon the IT department.
The self-service component offers a choice of sending data and changes via the workflow process (fully configurable by the customer, of course) or to write directly to the SQL Server database. The workflow tool is called HRevolution, is entirely web-based and allows for unrestricted user licenses and profiles. Features include: trigger- and event-based workflows; e-mail notifications; automatic report generation; workflow delegation; and pre-configured templates. This tool also allows clients to insert an approval process into the workflow prior to transactions being written to the SQL Server database. Which transactions need approval and the configuration of the approval process is entirely definable by the client. In the event that self-service transactions do not require approval, HRevolution simply writes the changes directly to the SQL Server database as employees and managers input data. Such self-service workflow tools are particularly useful to organizations needing to define their own business process automation and who wish to accelerate process cycles and improve labor productivity.
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