The annual KronosWorks Conference has truly exceeded expectations. After two days of pre-conferece executive meetings, product councils and training classes, the official conference and expo kicked off in grand fashion. Following a fun and powerful new video on the state of global workforce management called “How Will You Manage?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY3AgpmQ6ZU , emcee Mark Jeffries kept the opening session lively and entertaining, with a talk show style stage setting. The opening interview with Kronos CEO Aron Ain was inspiring. Aron’s energy and excitement on the state of the company was evident and almost infectious (at a dinner reception with analysts that evening, Mark Smith (@marksmithvr) from Ventana Research commented that he thought Aron was more energetic and “on” than he had ever seen him in years past.) Apparently, many agreed as the real time twitter posts were commenting on every word. Aron’s main points from the opening session can be found in the following press releases:
Following Aron, Kronos CTO Peter George led two live product demonstrations –highlighting Kronos’ next generation UI for Workforce Central and the new mobile applications coming next year. The interest in both solutions was evident, as the breakout sessions on those two topics were literally packed! Standing room only:
Vice President of Professional services discussed the new “Experience you expect” initiative and highlighted the growth and success of Kronos’ managed services offerings, claiming over 250 customers currently leveraging some form of managed services.
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gave an entertaining and very interesting Keynote address on the state of the economy and trends we can anticipate in the workforce, particularly with the “Baby Boomer” generation rapidly approaching retirement.
The Exposition area was huge, and users mobbed the Next Generation pavilion to catch more live demonstrations on the latest releases.
Obviously, the sessions are some of the most interesting aspects of KronosWorks. In the Retail Panel discussion on the next gen user interface, customers described their experiences with their implementation. Starbucks commented that NGUI was a “very impressive product, we are thrilled”. The reduced learning curve, limited training requirements seem to be the overwhelming initial benefit, claiming that the product is now “incredibly easy to use”. The workflow feature was the most appreciated feature, with panelists all saying that workflows will have a major impact on productivity.
“The wizards tell you where to go next in every step of the process, and we can add custom instructional content at every step.”
The week wrapped up with a Vegas-style customer bash at the Hard Rock café on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring food, drink and a live concert from the Los Angeles-based 80s tribute band The Spazmatics. http://www.thespazmaticslosangeles.com/Home.html The dance floor was mobbed the entire night and everyone seemed to have fun. Already looking forward to next year!
Some great attendee commentary can be found online at #KronosWorks on Twitter.