HMS celebrates the 10th anniversary of TimeControl Online!
Montreal, August 16, 2021 - HMS Software, the publisher of TimeControl, the world's most flexible multi-function timesheet system is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its SaaS model of TimeControl. In August of 2011, HMS launched TimeControl Online, a Software as a Service subscription model of the popular TimeControl timesheet system. TimeControl has been available in the industry as an on-premise product since 1984.
“Ten years in the Software as a Service industry makes our TimeControl Online product an early entrant in enterprise solutions,” says Chris Vandersluis, President of HMS Software. “We were able to leverage code that was already built for service delivery into a subscription offering that eliminated the need for our clients to maintain servers, databases and internal technical staff to keep the application running and stable. When we took over that role in the TimeControl Online service, clients were able to focus on just getting as much as they could from the application instead of making sure the underlying hardware and infrastructure was working.”
The launch of a Software as a Service model wasn’t without effort. HMS had to displace some on-premise only functionality with functionality that would work in the Cloud. That included writing a bi-directional API for integration and ensuring that the free TimeControl Mobile App would be able to securely link with both on-premise deployments and the TimeControl Online service.
The TimeControl Online Service also had to pass numerous security standards, some of which HMS had to invent.
“Our TimeControl system is often used as an auditable source of our client’s internal financial systems,” explains Mark Corbin, a senior developer and analyst at HMS. “It was imperative that in making TimeControl available as a hosted service in the Cloud, that we could meet or exceed the same standards our clients would have deploying on-premise.”
HMS Software has been able to leverage the already extensive security options available in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 environment. When coupled with the security model that has evolved within TimeControl since its inception, a secure and powerful system was the result.
System security was only one corner of the new system. System stability was another.
“We’re proud of the stability of TimeControl Online,” says Stephen Eyton-Jones, HMS Software’s Director of Technical Services. Since it’s launch, TimeControl Online has enjoyed an up-time of better than 99.9%. We monitor it 24x7 and have happily had very, very few service interruptions.”
TimeControl Online had to contend with the big expectations of existing and prospective clients who know of TimeControl because of its tremendous flexibility and its multi-purpose integrations with Project Management, Finance and other corporate systems.
“When we designed TimeControl Online, we made a conscious decision that TimeControl Online and TimeControl for on-premise would share an identical code-base,” explains Eyton-Jones. “That means that the software source code for the online version and the onpremise version are exactly the same. This has been a tremendous benefit because when we invent or enhance a feature or if we fix something in the product, it is immediately fixed both online and available to clients on-premise. That has made a huge impact on our ability to provide stability but also technical support services.”
TimeControl is already known as the most integrated and flexible timesheet in the industry. It comes with numerous methods of integration both to on-premise systems and on-line systems and includes out-of-the-box integration to Project Management tools like Microsoft Project, Primavera, Brightwork, ARES PRISM, InEight, JIRA and Deltek EPM and configurable integration for finance systems like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics and others. These integrations are included in both the on-premise version and TimeControl Online.
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.
For information about TimeControlOnline, our hosted timesheet subscription service in the cloud, go to https://www.timecontrol.com/features/timecontrol-online.
For any other questions, please contact HMS Software at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Aegion, CRIM, MCAP, Georgia Pacific, Xerox, Volvo Novabus, the Government of Quebec, CAE, Safran, Tractor Supply, General Dynamics, Siemens, Foster Wheeler, EXFO, Boeing, Value Recovery, Pontoon, March Consulting and hundreds of others.