A few short weeks ago I attended Kronos’ highly anticipated annual user conference, KronosWorks. The event was held in wonderful Las Vegas and as usual it was a packed house! With over 2000 attendees there was a lot of energy in the air to help get through the long nights typical for Las Vegas! We were excited to reconnect with current and past customers and meet all the new people looking to make the switch to Kronos.
Another great aspect of this show is getting an inside view into what’s next at Kronos. Kronos’ leadership team did a great job of presenting the upcoming roadmap and outlining the company’s plans for Workforce Central, Workforce Ready and other supporting modules for the various industry verticals Kronos supports.
These are the three key points I took away from this year’s conference.
1. Kronos Cloud
With the uptick in the number of customers who have migrated or implemented directly into the Kronos Cloud it is easy to see that the investments made by Kronos were the right ones. Most of the customers and prospects I met over the course of the conference showed strong interest in moving to the cloud. There is a lot of buzz on this topic and it’s not slowing down. The advantages for customers thinking of deploying into the cloud include total cost of ownership, availability of upgrades, reduced technical burden and maintenance. With a move to the cloud customers free up assets to focus on key business activities.
This was an exciting announcement delivered during the Monday morning General Session. Simply put, Paragon is an implementation toolkit that delivers industry-specific configurations to reduce implementation time. It is apparent that Kronos listened to their customers, put a lot of time and thought into this tool, and the end result is fantastic! With Paragon customers can start with industry proven configurations by selecting their industry vertical, sub-vertical and business locations – a very handy step if you are adding configurations for multiple states or countries. Another nice feature is the ability to generate up to date training materials at the push of button. As a partner, we are very excited about Paragon!
3. Kronos Partners
The KronosConnect partner network plays an integral role for Kronos customers and there are many types of partners that fit into the eco-system such as strategic partners, technical partners, value-add partners and system integrators. Based on the number of partners at this year’s expo, it is easy to see that Kronos supports their partners and continues to invest in their partner program. Customers have a lot of choices when seeking assistance with their Kronos solutions and as a partner, we value the opportunity to meet them and participate in such a great event!
KronosWorks 2015 was another great conference and Sability looks forward to being part of the 2016 show. What were some of your observations? We’d like to hear from you.