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Ask an App – MakeShift by AppColony

Ask an App – MakeShift by AppColony

What’s hAPPening in innovation? Our “Ask an App” blog series introduces you to inventive apps that are changing how a variety of workforce management tasks are managed by employers and employees. These apps are offered by ADP partner companies, featured in ADP Marketplace. Tell us about your company and what solutions you are offering on ADP Marketplace. We’re MakeShift—a scheduling and communication solution for businesses that use shift workers. MakeShift clients can easily build schedules online, while their employees can use our iOS/Android app to manage their schedule, clock in, set their availability, trade shifts, and more. We also offer MakeShift Live, a separate app to help managers stay on top of things. MakeShift is available in a few flavors offering a range of options and features, from basic scheduling and communication to automatic timesheets and payroll export. We’re constantly enhancing the product based on user feedback and we offer all new clients a free two-week trial so they can see just how easy it really is to use....

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Integrated Human Capital Management For Enterprises – What ‘Better’ Looks Like

Integrated Human Capital Management For Enterprises – What ‘Better’ Looks Like

On a pretty regular basis, our clients tell us that one of the biggest challenges they face as HR leaders is offering more strategic value to their organizations. In fact, it’s why they come to us for integrated human captial management (HCM) solutions. Specifically, they’re looking for a cloud-based HCM solution that can help them find, develop and retain great people — an integrated platform that addresses the strategic needs of HR, as well as the compliance and risk mitigation aspects of talent, benefits, payroll, and time and labor management. But just as their HCM needs have evolved, so has their need for meaningful tools and resources to help them assess and measure the current effectiveness of their efforts, and help them define a clear path to better align their HR services with their business’s strategy. An article in the July-August issue of Harvard Business Review® titled “People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO,” examined the same challenge, saying: “The chief human resources officer must become a...

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Fixing the Enterprise App

Fixing the Enterprise App

The current disparity in software design is kind of funny when you think about it — at least if you’re a fan of dark comedies. The applications we rely on for personal tasks like ordering pizza, hailing cabs, or finding local movie times are slick and intuitive. They’re continuously refined based on written and data-driven user feedback. Yet, the enterprise software supporting Fortune 500 companies and running critical control systems —the stuff company profits, jobs, and lives depend on — is often clunky, prone to crashing and runs on obsolete technologies. How did we end up here? And more importantly, how do we fix the enterprise app? It’s not surprising consumer applications are leading the way in design. Build an unfriendly consumer app, and watch the competition eat your lunch. In effect, the consumer tech world is Darwin’s Galapagos Islands, where only the fittest remain relevant. “Enterprise apps are a different beast,” says Thomas Murphy, principal application developer at ADP’s Innovation Lab. “Companies, especially larger ones, have historically purchased...

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