Having had a play with T&L 9.2, I must say that I nearly fell off my chair when I saw some of the new functionality that has been introduced. Oracle has really thought about the user experience, listened to customer feedback and has introduced functionality which will make life simpler for Administrators and Managers. The screens are more engaging and processes have been simplified. As a lover of all things T&L (sad I know) I am hoping that this latest version will increase T&L’s fan base.
The new functionality includes:
1. Time and Labor WorkCenter
Hurrah! Finally there is a one stop shop for Managers to see all items related to T&L including queries, alerts and new reports…….fab, fab, fab………..take a look.
2. Generation of Payable time from Timesheet
This is big news for T&L, as most of its competitors have been doing this for a few years now. We have always had the ability to run ‘on-line rules’ via the Timesheet but now there is an option which can be selected on the T&L Installation page which will allow Payable time to be generated when a timesheet is submitted. As we all know Time Administration is a sensitive beast so it will be interesting to see the performance implications of this.
3. Timesheet Lockdown
Oracle has really been listening to their customers’ feedback on this requirement and it is long overdue. Gone are the days when users will be able to keep on updating timesheets and creating last minute payable time during critical processing periods. Timesheets can now be locked (and unlocked) if required by Paygroup, especially important when Payroll is being processed. Great addition in functionality!!
4. Time Reporting Code (TRC) Display
Within the TRC programme additional fields have been introduced so that users have more control on how TRC’s are displayed on the Timesheet. This includes the order and which role can view the TRC on the Timesheet. If a customer has a large number of ‘non rule driven’ TRC’s this functionality will make TRC allocation on a Timesheet easier for Administrators, Managers and Employees, as they will have a list of TRC’s defined by their role but can then be ordered in alphabetical order, most used order………good piece of kit!!
5. Timesheet Display
The good old Time Reporting Template has been updated to give more flexibility of what is displayed on the Timesheet e.g. Payable time view, Estimated cost view. Nice features which makes managing time simpler as a lot more information is displayed in one place.
The Workgroup page has also had a few additions, including the option of whether other users can adjust an employee’s Timesheet as well as the employee themselves and also signatures of the employee to signoff their Timesheet.
We already know that there is a lack of good ‘out of the box’ T&L reports. With this version 2 new XML publisher reports have been included:
a) Reported Time Audit report
b) Compensatory Balances report
There are also a few nice delivered T&L interactive reports including:
a) Timesheet by Status
b) Attendance Violations
And don’t forget that Pivot Grids can also be configured to display T&L data
7. Little tweaks here and there
For example, on the Timesheet:
i. Ability to print the Timesheet ……how good is that….Retail businesses will love this
ii. Earliest Change displayed
iii. Ability to delete time by using the magic ‘x’ symbol within the cell
iv. Hyperlinks for changing the Timesheet type e.g. Punch Timesheet to Elapsed Timesheet has moved further up on the Timesheet to make it more visible.
As I said previously, I am very pleased that Oracle has really listened to customer feedback and incorporated some excellent functionality to my much loved T&L and they have managed to ensure that it is once more competitive with other T&L products. There is still more that can be done, but this is a great start.