SOURCE: abas USA

abas USA

December 18, 2015 08:00 ET

TCI Capabilities Give You the Visibility Needed to Optimize Production

STERLING, VA--(Marketwired - December 18, 2015) - People are an organization's greatest asset. In any kind of production environment, the ability to keep your workers engaged and on task plays a vital role in maximizing your revenue potential. ERP systems are evolving to give you the data you need to make the right managerial decisions. abas ERP features a TCI function to streamline time clock capabilities for businesses. The functionality is simple -- users can punch in and punch out electronically. They can also log time spent on a specific project and have the ERP system handle all of the documentation. This provides important visibility into work trends, making it easier to gather efficiency metrics. However, all of these capabilities were pinned down to end-user workstations. Through a new mobile TCI app, we are bringing all of these capabilities to smartphones and tablets.

Bringing TCI functions to mobile devices

A mobile TCI lets users handle their time-clock punch-ins using a smartphone or tablet. This lets you position terminals strategically across your facilities so workers can not only log when they enter and leave the office, but also record project time stamps without having to go back to the factory floor. For example, somebody building a widget can walk to the appropriate area, log the time he or she begins the project on a nearby terminal, work for a few hours and then go back to that terminal and log the number of widgets completed in that time. You don't have to worry about your employees needing to all have a workstation or having to carry around a clipboard to record their tasks. A few well-placed terminals let everybody track their time-related details in the most convenient way possible.

The simplicity offered through these mobile device terminals ensures your workers aren't wasting their time documenting time spent on projects both on paper and digitally, or having to travel around the facility to get to check-in locations. It also saves them from reporting to managers all the time, which can benefit everybody involved. Furthermore, accurate data delivered on a consistent basis can create many business benefits. A few of these advantages include:

1. Gathering performance metrics

You need to get the most out of your workers if you want to maintain high levels of productivity. However, your workers can become disengaged in more ways than they are engaged. As such, you need tools that help you identify drops in performance quickly so you can take action to resolve any problems. The TCI app can update managers through alerts and other real-time information delivery systems. From there, they can get a clear idea of when a worker seems to be having a slow day or a bad week, and take action to reengage that employee immediately.

2. Improve hiring

Where do you need new workers the most? That's a tricky question at the best of times, and even more difficult as you may run into many managers telling you they need more people if you start floating the idea of recruiting around. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that you go beyond anecdotal evidence of where you need to hire and look at the numbers. TCI systems give you unmatched visibility into how much work people are getting done during different time slots, letting you compare that information with scheduling data, work orders and proposed strategies to get a clear idea of which production teams need help the most.

On top of all of this, the project-specific visibility into your employees can help you identify the right competencies to look for in a new hire. If one type of project is frequently taking too long across your workforce, it may be that none of your current employees are particularly well suited for that task, and you need to hire somebody with that skill. TCI data gives you the visibility you need to not only understand the number of people you need to hire for different departments, but also clues you in on what competencies you need filled.

3. Optimize scheduling

The abas ERP mobile TCI app lets you see how long different people are working and how their productivity on different projects changes during their work day. You can put this data next to your various work orders and optimize your schedule. Everybody is different, and the detailed information available through TCI systems is invaluable. For example, you may have a worker who just has a rough time getting going in the morning and is consistently slow when performing projects in which he or she is stationary during that time. If you adjust the schedule to get that employee working on a more active task at the beginning of the day, you may be able to ramp up productivity.

Every employee has different quirks, skills and preferences. The data from the TCI app can help you understand the productivity implications of those attributes, letting you fine tune schedules accordingly.

Mobile TCI apps improve decision making

Your people matter to the success of your business. If you don't put them in the best possible position to succeed, your bottom line is going to suffer. You may be content with your current time clock system, but you may also be missing out on many valuable benefits. ERP systems are built to give organizations visibility into their operations through data orchestration, letting them improve decision making and maximize their resources. Data can play a vital role in driving business efficiency, and our mobile TCI app lets you take that to another level by making it easier for employees to document their time.

Let's be realistic, any system depending on human interaction is inherently prone to error. When documentation is distant from the task at hand, employees are more likely to make mistakes. Don't ask your workers to enter data multiple times to log projects, don't make them dependent on just one time clock terminal that they have to keep visiting throughout the day to log projects. Instead, take advantage of the power of mobile devices to make documentation easier and more accessible for your employees, giving you the most accurate and complete data profiles possible.

abas is an innovator of ERP solutions for mid-size businesses aspiring to be leaders in their industry. We use our 30+ years of experience to deliver exactly what our customers need -- software that is agile, intuitive, sustainable for the long term, and that works anywhere around the world.

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