Kaba Workforce Solutions Selected by Kinetic Concepts Incorporated as Company Wide Standard to Enhance Enterprise System Functionality
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Press release date: March 19, 2007
AutoTime for Oracle Strengthens Medical Technology Company's Workforce Management Practices
MIRAMAR, Florida, March 19, 2007 - Kaba Benzing America, the North American operating subsidiary of Kaba Holding AG, Switzerland (SWISS: KABN), the worldwide provider of Enterprise-class Workforce Management solutions, today announced that Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI), has expanded their use of the AutoTime Workforce Optimization solution to enhance their Oracle Enterprise System across the KCI company.
KCI, a global medical technology company in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces, designs, manufactures, markets and services a wide range of proprietary products that assist to improve clinical outcomes for patients. The company is known worldwide for its patented line of advanced healthcare technologies and employs over six thousand people.
KCI initially deployed Kaba's AutoTime for Oracle in its manufacturing division in order to facilitate complex tracking of time and attendance, and is currently upgrading to integrate the system as the company-wide standard in their corporate, service, and research and development divisions. Approximately 2,500 employees will benefit from the system at the time of full integration.
Originally, KCI maintained four different time and attendance technologies in their various divisions and realized integration problems to the larger enterprise system. The company chose AutoTime for Oracle Applications as the optimal solution for consolidation and integration.
"Other time and attendance systems created problems because they did not accumulate real time and did not sync up as well with the quantity of our data and work order steps," said Tracy Smith, supervisor of Payroll for KCI. "AutoTime really changed that for us and helped us realize our business objectives."
KCI required several highly customized work order steps in its badge based tracking and reporting system, including time and attendance, special events, such as vacation and sick time, and special projects for indirect and direct projects. With AutoTime, planners at KCI are able to create complex work orders in Oracle that are transferred to AutoTime, which in turn interfaces back to the Oracle system and reports the work orders, hours, operational steps and each specific action that has taken place. Each movement in the manufacturing process is now tracked. In addition, after AutoTime becomes fully integrated as the time and attendance and labor costing standard company-wide, the payroll department can extract time and attendance and special events data including sick days, paid time off, such as military leave or jury duty, vacation time and medical leaves.
About AutoTime AutoTime 6 is the premier WFM solution for companies whose enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms are industry standards such as SAP, Oracle / PeopleSoft, Cincom Manufacturing Business Solutions and more. AutoTime 6 is a browser with a component-based design that allows for scalability and conformity for easy integration with ERP's. It automatically calculates, analyzes and reports the hours and costs of payroll for environments with complex work and pay rules and is extremely configurable and effectively date-driven so when policies change, the software does not have to be rewritten to accommodate the changes.
In addition, AutoTime 6 is designed to be highly user-friendly with intuitive and streamlined time clocks and web time cards. AutoTime 6's management benefits include time and attendance, labor data collection, labor costing and analytics. In addition, AutoTime 6 offers an automated scheduling option for real-time rule based, demand driven workforce scheduling. The technology provides the capability to automatically manage the resource plan (schedule), by aligning demands with employee qualifications, availability,productivity, and preferences while controlling excess overtime. The scheduling component has an easy-to-use interface and intuitively connects front-line managers with enterprise decisionmakers, allowing for quick and consistent implementation of strategic staffing solutions. The technology scales seamlessly from desktops through all major client-server environments and the public internet, ensuring that the right person will always be on the right job at the right time. Through integration with all major business and production process systems, AutoTimes 6's scheduling component offers significant productivity gains while minimizing total costs.
About the Companies Kinetic Concepts, Inc., is a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces. It designs, manufactures, markets and services a wide range of proprietary products that can improve clinical outcomes while helping to reduce the overall cost of patient care. Our advanced wound care systems incorporate our proprietary V.A.C.® technology, which has been clinically demonstrated to help promote wound healing and can help reduce the cost of treating patients with serious wounds. Our therapeutic surfaces, including specialty hospital beds, mattress replacement systems and overlays, are designed to address pulmonary complications associated with immobility and to prevent skin breakdown. We have an infrastructure designed to meet the specific needs of medical professionals and patients across all health care settings including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities and patients' homes both in the United States and abroad.
Kaba Workforce Solutions, Inc., is a subsidiary of $900 million Kaba Holding AG, Switzerland (SWISS: KABN), a worldwide leader in enterprise-class Workforce Management solutions. From time and attendance, workforce scheduling, analytics, employee self-service and data collection solutions for SAP, Oracle/PeopleSoft/JD Edwards, Infor / SSA Global Technologies, Cincom Manufacturing Business Solutions and other leading enterprise business systems, Kaba offers an integrated suite of Time and Attendance, Workforce Scheduling, Shop-Floor Data Collection, ESS / MSS and Analytics. Clients include such industry leaders as Kraft Foods, N.A., BMW, General Electric, and Goodrich Corporation, amongst others. Kaba can be contacted in North America at 954.416.1720; website is www.kaba-benzing-usa.com.
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