|[January 24, 2013]
Diverse Manufacturing Businesses Handle Range of HR Challenges with Ultimate Software's UltiPro
WESTON, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Software (Nasdaq:ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people
management solutions, announced today that manufacturing customers
Amphenol (News - Alert), Grande Cheese Company, and Blyth Inc. are addressing a range
of HR-related business challenges with UltiPro's workforce reporting and
business intelligence, 24-7 access portal, and end-to-end
functionality for human capital management (HCM).
Over the past several years, companies within the manufacturing industry
have had to evolve to the highest levels of efficiencies and
productivity to remain competitive. Just as these companies use
technology to enhance their plant operations, leading manufacturers have
increasingly embraced cloud
HCM to optimize their people-management processes.
Manufacturers often face a wide range of specific HR and business
challenges such as:
Handling a geographically dispersed workforce that may shift in size,
including multiple business units, locations, products, and FEINs
Capturing and organizing data quickly for meaningful, accurate, and
strategic workforce analytics
Building efficiencies while improving services to employees that work
24-7 and may not have access to desktop PCs
Providing integration with multiple internal technologies and systems
that are used for non-HCM-related operations
Managing a multinational workforce
Before switching to Ultimate in 2008, Amphenol,
one of the world's leading producers of electronic and fiber optic
connectors, cable, and interconnect systems, had been using a payroll
service bureau but found new technologies were needed to optimize
efficiencies and manage growth. HR leadership determined that the
company needed to leverage a single solution for workforce analytics
that could handle a decentralized payroll for approximately 3,600
U.S.-based employees. Today, with UltiPro,
the company can provide remote teams with the autonomy to handle their
own payroll and HR processes while giving Amphenol's corporate office
the ability to instantly generate companywide reports.
"We have 19 federal identification numbers that represent 19 U.S.-based
subsidiaries of Amphenol Corporation, and 12 HR/payroll processing
locations, with each location processing separate payrolls completely
over the Web with UltiPro," said Cassandra Lindsey-Williams, senior HRIS
analyst at Amphenol Corporation. "With UltiPro, our remote payroll
groups can operate independently, which is how we prefer to function,
and other functional areas like accounting and finance can still access
metrics needed to make business decisions."
A growing enterprise, Amphenol adds new businesses every year. UltiPro
has reduced the time needed to add employees into its HCM solution from
several weeks to days, and new employees are integrated rapidly and
"With UltiPro, there has been a tremendous improvement in our ability to
add new employees quickly and develop reports and business
intelligence without having to complete time-consuming
spreadsheets or having to deal with costly third-party vendors," said
Lindsey-Williams. "If needed, we could integrate new divisions into the
solution over a weekend and have them all ready for payroll on Monday."
Grande Cheese Company
Since going live on the UltiPro solution in 2009, Grande
Cheese Company's HR and payroll team has addressed a range of
business challenges, such as capturing strategic workforce analytics,
decreasing the number of questions and requests from Associates, and minimizing
paper transactions to reduce costs. According to Amy Thomas,
corporate social responsibility analyst at Grande Cheese Company,
UltiPro is helping the HR and payroll teams more easily and quickly
develop reports needed for compliance, executive decision-making, and HR
"UltiPro definitely has given our HR teams, managers, and executives
more access to our people data," said Thomas. "The solution's reporting
is easy and very simple to use, and we don't have to manipulate manual
data to get the metrics we need. Plus, we don't have to rely on a third
party's schedule - we can quickly and easily complete what we need to do
on our own. As a result, productivity and effectiveness have increased."
When Grande Cheese Associates have payroll and HR questions, they can
now log on to UltiPro for the answers they need using self-service
access at their convenience. Associates can update their own
personal data, apply for a job, make direct deposit changes, and more.
Grande Cheese has found UltiPro's 24-7 Web access for Associates and
managers to be an effective tool to enhance services and build
efficiencies for the unique needs of its workforce.
"With UltiPro, our Associates can access their information from kiosks
or from home, and then make any changes or updates on their own," said
Lisa Luedtke, payroll administrator at Grande Cheese Company. "The
accessibility for Associates is fantastic. About a year after we went
live, our HR department surveyed our Associates, and we found they were
very pleased with the control and convenience that UltiPro provides.
Plus, our HR and payroll teams are now free from so much administrative
work that used to take us away from larger business initiatives."
"In addition, UltiPro automates so many processes that used to require
thousands of pieces of paper every year," said Thomas. "Ultimate's
cloud technology is a great asset to our company - improving how
we work, strengthening our overall business, and helping our Associates
and our communities."
Accurate, point-in-time reporting is critical for manufacturing
businesses to monitor costs and stay lean. In order to reach the
company's strategic objectives, Blyth
Inc., a global manufacturer of home decorative and fragrance
products, decided to leave the payroll service bureau it had been using
and then selected UltiPro in 2004 as its single
HCM system of record. Today, Blyth is achieving optimal HR
operations, including the flexibility to build a range of tailored
reports on its global workforce.
"UltiPro is so easy to use. Our international markets can input their
own workforce information and access the solution whenever they need
to," said Michelle Tassinari, manager of corporate HRMS/payroll at Blyth
Inc. "Now, our HR teams have a single go-to place for employee data. For
example, when we need to answer a question about someone's job history
or compensation details, we can find it in seconds. Previously, we had
hundreds of spreadsheets and systems that contained global
employee information, so it was impossible to get an accurate,
real-time picture of demographics for our international employees. With
UltiPro, our visibility into our workforce has expanded and become much
clearer. We're very excited about how we have elevated our strategic
capabilities with UltiPro."
"Because our employees are embracing the ability to manage their own
information with UltiPro, we've reduced the resources required on my
team by 50%. We are much more productive and effective," said Tassinari.
"Our business units are excited to have critical information and insight
that helps them better
recruit and retain talent. Plus, our HR teams can quickly
configure a report for our managers and then make the results
"Businesses in the manufacturing industry often face unique burdens when
managing their HCM operations. With one centralized system of record for
their workforce, these businesses can improve a range of efficiencies
across their organizations," said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at
Ultimate. "UltiPro is cloud technology that people want to use -
managers, employees, HR teams, and executives. Business benefits include
fast time-to-live, scalability, and high user adoption. We're very
pleased that our flexible, easy-to-use cloud technology is delivering substantial
business advantages to the manufacturing industry."
About Ultimate Software
Ultimate is a leading
cloud-based provider of people management solutions, with
more than 10 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief
that people are the most important ingredient of any business,
Ultimate's award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent
management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information
and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the
company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,600
professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and
services. In 2013, Ultimate
was ranked #9 on FORTUNE'S "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.
Ultimate has more than 2,500 customers with employees in 115 countries,
including Adobe (News - Alert) Systems Incorporated, Culligan International, Major
League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, Pep Boys, and Texas
Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate's products and services for
people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
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