HMS Software launches a Public Sector Timesheet Solution area

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TimeControl fills a need for timesheet software in the public sector

Montreal, September 2, 2010 - HMS Software, a leading provider of enterprise timesheet and project management solutions, has announced that is has created a solution area to assist public sector organizations in their search for a timesheet system that meets their needs.

The Public Sector's interest in TimeControl has grown in recent years and there are some very good reasons why. More and more, organizations in the public sector are being called upon to manage themselves as though they were in the private sector. The interest in transparency, good governance and effective use of taxpayer funds has expanded in recent years and this interest has fostered a keen interest in the public sector of flexible off the shelf timesheet systems.

When public sector organizations search for a timesheet they have some key criteria.

"Interest for TimeControl from public sector organizations continues to grow." said Chris Vandersluis, President of HMS Software. "A proven track record in being able to quickly deploy and adapt to government organization is what TimeControl has become known for."

TimeControl has a unique combination of characteristics that make it attractive to these public sector needs which include:


The timesheet system must be able to adapt its terminology, its data structure and even its process to the particular organization. This may mean that fields that would be required in a private sector system must be obscured or even removed. TimeControl is tremendously flexible in this area. It allows for an unlimited number of custom fields to be added to both the associated tables and to the timesheet itself and existing fields can be renamed, mapped to drop-down lists or removed from view with default values if required still populating them.

Ease of Use

A key requirement of timesheet systems in this situation is that end users must be able to perform their regular timesheet functions with minimal or no training. TimeControl also excels in this area. While TimeControl contains a robust collection of features, only those features which the end user actually requires are presented. This reduces the amount of clutter and confusion that is caused by many other systems. Also, the layout of the timesheet and the ability to pre-populate data on a person-by-person basis results in HMS not even having end-user training classes. Training for TimeControl is typically reserved for Administrators and Supervisors who will use more of the system.

Ability to Link to what's there

Public sector systems for financial management, human resource management, project and work management are often either internally developed or highly customized. When a timesheet system must link to these legacy systems, it must be flexible. TimeControl's Link module was designed with an infinite amount of flexibility in mind. Out of the box, TimeControl can prepare a transaction file in CSV or XML format which precisely matches the requirements of the existing system. In addition, TimeControl is already designed to link to external data sources for validation of data elements such as department names, project lists and cost center codes.

Speed of deployment

Public sector organizations work under tremendous pressure and when there is a demand for metrics such as a timesheet provides, it often has resulted from legislative promises to produce those results. In this situation, it is critical to be able to deploy the timesheet in a timely fashion. TimeControl deployment schedules are measured in days, not months and even complex requirements can be delivered with a minimal involvement by external personnel.

Low Cost

Deploying TimeControl is one of the most cost effective timesheet solutions available today. TimeControl licenses cost only pennies a day and, thanks to its flexible hardware requirements, support software for the system is typically already in place.

Known in the public sector

TimeControl has been available as a commercial off the shelf application since 1984 and is already in use by public sector organizations at the municipal, regional, state/provincial and federal levels in many countries around the world. Whether you are in Canada, the US, Australia, the UK or the EU, TimeControl is in use in the public sector near you.

For more information on TimeControl for the public sector, visit the TimeControl website's public sector solution area at:

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About TimeControl

TimeControl was originally released in 1994. It was immediately successful in the project management sector and today is recognized not only as a project management solution, but also as an enterprise timesheet solution in use by companies worldwide. TimeControl is designed as a multipurpose timesheet able to serve the needs of both Finance and Project Management simultaneously. It includes features such as a multi-browser, multi-device interface, a PC and mobile interface, vacation approvals, executive dashboards, extensive approval functionality, flexible reporting and links to project management and corporate systems which makes the timesheet product ideally suited for integration with existing systems in any organization. TimeControl's flexibility allows it to be deployed for use as a time and attendance, time and billing, project tracking and flex-time system. TimeControl is available both for purchase for an on-premises installation or as an on-line subscription in the Cloud.

To access the free Hosted TimeControl Trial site, visit our free trial page.

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TimeControl is represented around the world by our distributors in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the UK, and the U.S.

About HMS Software

Based in Montreal, Canada with offices in Toronto, HMS Software has been a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet systems and services since 1984. HMS Software's first customized timesheet application was written in 1984. With the launch of TimeControl as a commercial application in 1994, HMS Software began servicing clients worldwide.

HMS Software's client list reads like a who's who of business. It includes Acergy, Aecon, Rio Tinto, the Atlanta Airport, the City of Montreal, the County of San Mateo, Electromotive Diesel, EXFO, FT Services, Kelly Services, Koch, Merck Frosst, the Government of Quebec, Georgia Pacific, Parker Hannifin, Rolls Royce, Sobeys, Volvo Novabus, Zimmer Inc. and hundreds of others.

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