Introducing CloudApper: The Benchmark in Rapid Cloud Development Toolsets

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Introducing CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset that reduces development cycles, lowers costs, and removes the friction from identity management deployments. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

Back in the early days of the Internet, website content management was a bit more complicated. If you weren’t proficient in making modifications to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), chances are that you hired a professional who used a platform like Dreamweaver to upload content changes via file transfer protocol (FTP). The process tended to be cumbersome and often required the services of a professional which meant that you were at the mercy of their availability.

Then, on May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little introduced the world to WordPress. WordPress fundamentally changed the way we manage website content by simplifying the process and offering an architecture that was easier to understand. According to Wikipdedia, “WordPress is by far the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the web, supporting more than 60 million websites. (http://bit.ly/2tAq7RJ).

Although platforms like Dreamweaver still exist, many of us now use WordPress to manage our websites because we can customize our approach, add and delete content whenever or wherever we want, and perhaps most importantly, we shed our reliance on using third party experts and developers to accomplish what we want in a way that is unique to our own audience.

Biometric software development can also, at times, be frustrating and exasperating but it doesn’t have to be. When you make the decision to use biometric identification there are 3 essential ingredients to the project:

  1. The biometric hardware (i.e. the physical device used to enroll and subsequently identify an individual – fingerprint readers, iris cameras)
  2. The biometric matching algorithm (i.e. the automated method that enables a biometric system to recognize an individual)
  3. The business software – where the biometric system integrates into

Over 15 years of experience implementing biometric identification management projects around the world for a variety of businesses and governments has taught us some very valuable lessons. For every successful deployment we see, there are much more that die at the hands of ballooning development costs and delays – many of which are 100% avoidable.

The ability to eliminate lengthy development cycles and circumvent additional, unplanned costs was our calling card to develop CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset which can be used to rapidly develop and integrate the business software ANY identity management project requires, with or without biometrics. No one wants to see their identity management project die at the hands of unnecessarily tying up existing resources in the absence of producing any results. Wasting time, money and resources when developing and deploying the business software layer for identification management solutions is over. Done. Finished. Gone.

Understanding that modern software development is also about personalization, we went a step further. We designed CloudApper to not only eliminate the lengthy development cycles that bog down so many projects we see but to also offer our end users the opportunity to customize the business software to address the unique needs of the customers they serve. Imagine that. The ability to tweak and adjust a business software layer based on what data is or isn’t important to you. It’s an unprecedented development in cloud data management and one we encourage you to explore.

Whether you are or aren’t interested in using biometric identification, we have used CloudApper to construct pre-configured cloud data management solutions that are customized for specific vertical deployments. For example, pre-configured (but still very much customizable) versions of CloudApper are available for the following verticals:

  • Banks, NGOs, and Financial Organizations
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Border Control and Immigration
  • Judicial Authorities
  • Public Administration Authorities
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Transportation Authorities
  • Education and Student Tracking

This list is not exhaustive of all the verticals CloudApper can serve. In reality, the sky is the limit. CloudApper has the potential to be applied to ANY vertical that requires software to manage data. We encourage you to explore CloudApper and learn about it’s features and functions to determine if it is the right fit for your needs. And don’t forget that CloudApper already integrates with CloudABIS and CloudScanr enabling you access to a scalable matching system that supports various hardware devices and any web browser.

Here is a brief video about CloudApper:

For more information about the CloudApper rapid cloud development toolset, please send us an email at: info@m2sys.com or visit our website for more details.

 

The Different Ways Your Staff May Be Stealing Time and What You Can Do About It

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Biometric identification has proven to help stop employee time theft and increase profits.

Time theft can occur in your business when you pay an employee(s) for work they either have not done, or you pay them for time when they were not on the premises. With the growing remote and mobile workforce, time theft has become a much bigger issue for employers. In fact, it has become so big, millions of dollars are being lost every year in productivity. Some other businesses are using factoring invoice companies to pay employees who have cheated the system. This puts a dent in cash flow by paying for work that was not completed.

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Recruitment vs increasing employee productivity: Which one is better?

There are two easy ways to improve workforce productivity: increase working hours by hiring new employees which increases production, or increase current workforce productivity. Both ways improve productivity, but which one is more efficient?

Recruiting new employees is typical for companies that grow and expand. Fresher employers can also provide previously unknown new ideas and perspectives.

However, at some point companies need to think about better capitalizing on the experience level of their current workforce. What is often discovered when evaluating staff experience is that progress remained stagnant because proper procedures were never established that address employee motivation.

 

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The ROI of Biometric Employee Time and Attendance

Manual Time and Attendance is a Risk

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Many businesses are still on the fence about whether to adopt biometrics for employee time and attendance. This case study may change your mind.

As more businesses evaluate the use of biometrics for employee time and attendance to replace outdated workforce management solutions, many are still on the fence and remain skeptical about the actual benefits that could be realized. After all, there is a clear distinction between implementing biometrics because it has been positioned as the most effective alternative to eliminate buddy punching, lower payroll costs, and boost employee productivity and accountability and actually realizing a positive return on investment after deployment.

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5 Advantages of Efficient Workforce Management

The world is rapidly evolving fueled by new technologies that exist to create efficiencies never thought possible. In workforce management, many companies are considering the adoption of new technologies such as biometrics to create efficiencies and save money.

For example, fingerprint, finger vein, iris, and palm vein biometrics are common modalities garnering more attention around the world as viable solutions that can be used for individual identification in different areas such as identity management, employee time and attendance, point of sale (POS) access, and more. The use of biometrics to create workforce management efficiencies is a growing trend to increase identification accuracy and security as well as to boost employee accountability, productivity, and business profits.

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Infographic: How A Biometric Time Clock Improves Workforce Management

Employers all over the world are constantly seeking software solutions which can eliminate employee time theft to increase payroll savings, boost productivity, and create more accountability. Employee time theft costs U.S. companies alone billions of dollars each year simply because a proper workforce management system is not in place.

A biometric time clock is a viable solution to eliminate time theft and improve workforce management. The following Infographic demonstrates why biometric time clock deployments are increasing and what benefits employers can expect to see post implementation.

 

Biometric Time Clock Improves Workforce Management

 

 

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The Benefits of Measuring Employee Time and Attendance with a Biometric Time Clock

A biometric time clock is the most efficient workforce management tool for a number of reasons

Biometric Time Clocks are a more accurate way to measure employee time and attendance. Source: Pixabay

The days are gone when managers kept manual journals of employee time and attendance to calculate hours worked. These antiquated ways of measuring employee time and attendance do not have the ability to efficiently prevent buddy punching or time theft. Therefore, more companies are looking for a better solution to measure employee working hours and discovering that a biometric time clock offers a more secure alternative to manual timesheets.

A biometric time and attendance system is the automated method of recognizing an employee based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic. The most common biometric features used for employee identification are faces, fingerprints, finger veins, palm veins, irises, and voice patterns. When an employee attempts identification by their biological traits, a biometric hardware device compares the new scan to all available templates in order to find an exact match.
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Improving Workforce Accountability and Productivity with a Biometric Time Clock

Biometric time clock for employee accountability and productivity

Workforce accountability is not an easy thing to quantify, but its importance, along with productivity, has a significant impact on work environment, corporate culture and employee attitude. Source: Pixabay

If you have identified employee accountability as an issue for your business, you may have already taken measures to find the source behind the problem. Most likely, you have looked into the effectiveness of your leadership, the clarity of your strategic direction, employee engagement, and the execution philosophy of the firm. You may have also studied your employee monitoring and review system. Chances are if you took this step then you probably studied what technology you are using to help keep the gears of the business machine operating.  If you suddenly discovered that you are not using modern technology to safeguard your inventory and profits and more effectively track employee time and attendance with a biometric time clock, you may have uncovered a crack in the shell of your staff accountability platform.

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The Top Seven Advantages of a Biometric Identification Management System

In April 2014, we published a blog post on The Advantages of a Biometric Identification Management System. Since then, biometric technology has rapidly evolved and we believe it’s time to revisit and update the advantages of this technology.

Advantages of a biometric identification management system in 2016

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What are the advantages of biometric identification management technology? Source: Pixabay

It today’s technology based society, traditional individual authentication methods are gradually becoming obsolete. Biometric authentication is taking over traditional passwords or ID card based authentication due to numerous advantages. Let’s examine the advantages of a biometric identification management system (which relies on “who you are”) vs. traditional authentication methods that rely on “what you have” or “what you know.”

 

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Workforce Management Technology Checklist

Having workforce management technology in place ensures increased productivity

Having a checklist for workforce management technology enables direct control on workforce performance factors

Workforce management technology has evolved to include a host of employee time and attendance functions including:

  • Overtime and absence management
  • Labor budget management
  • Scheduling
  • Project management
  • Forecasting

Employers utilize workforce management technology to match organizational demand with a proper allocation of available resources.

The objective of implementing workforce management technology is clear: maintain a productive workforce by gaining strategic insight into labor strengths and weaknesses and to determine if and where changes are required that improve output.

There are several crucial reasons for implementing workforce management technology into an organization. Let’s take a look at what a company should have on its “checklist” of workforce management technology:

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