Data Management Inc.


Data Management Inc.
Data Management Inc.
Type Private
Industry

Computer software

Digital distribution
Founded September 12, 1988 (1988-09-12)
Founder(s) Jorge Ellis
Headquarters San Angelo, Texas, USA
Area served Worldwide
Website www.timeclockplus.com
Data Management Inc. in San Angelo, Texas

Data Management Inc. (DMI) is an American corporation founded by Jorge Ellis in 1988. It is located in San Angelo, Texas and specializes in business software development. For over 20 years, DMI has been developing software for time and labor management. Its flagship, TimeClock Plus, is available as a Windows or Web application suite that records hours for payroll while capturing how time is specifically being spent. As a service, DMI delivers a hosted time and attendance system called TimeClock Plus OnDemand. In addition to the web version, DMI's multinational team of developers[1] have worked together to create mobile phone applications and an IVR system, TelClock, for employees to clock in and out from their phone. To expand on the Windows and Web-based applications, DMI wrote several modules that add specialized (customer-driven) functionality.[2] Hardware is available as a companion to the software for clock operations through a device on the wall. These devices range from standard terminals to terminals with card swipes or terminals with biometric capability[3] (hand/finger[4]). DMI also developed payroll interface modules to bring hours from TimeClock Plus into the company’s payroll software. Over 100 payroll interface modules were written and development of new payroll interface modules is an ongoing effort.[5]

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History

In 1988, Data Management Inc. (DMI) was founded by Jorge Ellis. It originally developed the One Number Delivery System software for food delivery services that allowed orders to be placed at a call center where a representative would use the software to enter the order and send it to a location nearest to the customer.[6] Through his business with retailers, Jorge Ellis discovered a growing need to track time and attendance. "'No one could tell me at any given minute what the [labor] costs were. I decided to develop a software package that would give a 24-hour picture.'”[7] So he turned his focus to a system that would save companies money. In a Boulder County Business Report article on Data Management Inc., the [American] Payroll Association reported that, "7 percent of a company's payroll is lost if it doesn't automate time and attendance."[8] The system developed by DMI, called TimeClock Plus, was written for companies as small as five employees or as large as 750 and larger.[9] "TimeClock Plus," writes the Miami Herald, "will maintain the records of as many as 10,000 employees."[10] According to the New York Times, the software can "streamline paperwork and provide managers with a handy tool for analyzing labor costs, which typically are the bulk of a small business's budget."[11] It tracks employee information and hours, helps avoid unnecessary overtime,[12] and reduces the risk of user error when trying to manage that information manually. It includes tools that accelerate the process of entering hours, displays a list of "who's on the job,"[13] and provides advanced features such as accruals, leave requests,[14] and scheduling.

Milestones

It began with a program called ONDS, the One Number Delivery System, that also tracked time and attendance, but evolved into TimeClock Plus. Since 1988, development at Data Management Inc. has grown to cover DOS, Windows, and the web. This expansion has continued to other frontiers including telephony and smart phone applications. This all has turned what started as a simple DOS application provider into something more diverse.

1988: Developed the One Number Delivery System which included employee time and labor tracking.
1989: Developed TimeClock Plus 1.0 for DOS in response to the growing need.
1990: Released several DOS versions between 1989-1994 (including DOS 3.2 for Y2K).
1994: Released TimeClock Plus 1.0 for Windows and developed several Windows versions between 1994-present.
2005: Changed database structure of TimeClock Plus (from dBase to SQL).
2006: Released TimeClock Plus 1.0 for Web and developed several versions between 2006-present.
2011: Released a TimeClock Plus OnDemand Service (a hosted, subscription-based web service).
2011: Released TimeClock Plus mobile applications for employee activity (for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry).
2011: Released TelClock (an IVR system) for employee activity via a telephone-based automated system.

In 1989, the first DOS version of TimeClock Plus was released.[15] Several versions followed leading up to version 3.2 for DOS in 1999, including versions for SCO UNIX and others for IBM AIX. In 1994, the first Windows version of TimeClock Plus was released.[15] Several versions for Windows have been released with the latest in 2008.[15] From the first DOS version to v4.1 (for Windows), TimeClock Plus used a dBase compatible database. In 2005, DMI moved to SQL with v5.0.[15] This database structure move was significant as it increased performance and security.

In 2006, DMI created a condensed version of TimeClock Plus for the Web, and developed an expanded version in 2008.[15] The most recent version, Web Edition 3.0, was released in 2010.[15] The move to web was significant as it not only allowed TimeClock Plus to be fully experienced from a web browser, but opened the door to using TimeClock Plus in a Mac environment. It also meant that an install would not be required on each client computer. Since Web Edition 2.0, the web products have been able to function as a hybrid system (running parallel and in conjunction with the Windows product) or as a standalone system.[16]

In 2011, DMI announced the release of its hosted time and attendance solution called TimeClock Plus OnDemand.[15] Hosted by DMI, a SaaS version of Web Edition 3.0 is offered and distributed through either a basic or premium subscription.[17] In 2010, WebClock Mobile was released as an optional companion to the Windows- and Web-based systems.[15] This web application allows employees to clock in and out from the browser on a supported mobile device. In 2011, clock operations were made possible on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry with the release of TimeClock Plus mobile applications.[15] An IVR system for TimeClock Plus was also released as an optional companion, called TelClock, allows employees to clock in and out from a phone using an automated system to guide them through each operation (e.g., “To clock in, press 1.”).[15][18]

Awards

Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for 2004[19]
Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for 2005[19]
Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for 2006[20]

References

  1. ^ San Angelo Standard Times, April 23, 2011, Justin Zamudio, "Time is right for San Angelo company," http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/apr/23/time-is-right-for-san-angelo-company
  2. ^ Data Management Inc., http://www.timeclockplus.com/products/software/modules/modules.aspx).
  3. ^ The Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 20, 2000, David Rye, "Punching the e-clock"
  4. ^ Data Management Inc., "Employee Access Clocks," http://www.timeclockplus.com/products/Hardware/Hardware.aspx. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Data Management Inc., "Payroll Interface Modules," http://www.timeclockplus.com/products/software/pim.aspx. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  6. ^ San Angelo Standard Times, August 7, 2008, Jayna Boyle, "Local software company thriving," http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2008/aug/07/local-software-company-thriving
  7. ^ The Daily Record, December 5, 1991, "TimeClock Plus Keeps Labor Costs in Synch"
  8. ^ Boulder County Business Report, April 1997, Volume 16, Issue Number 4, "Product Update"
  9. ^ Small Business News for Philadelphia/South Jersey (currently Philadelphia Business Journal), April 1997, "New software automates time, attendance"
  10. ^ The Miami Herald, March 30, 1992, Craig Crossman, "TimeClock Keeps Tabs on Labor's Hours, Costs"
  11. ^ The New York Times, January 26, 1992, Peter H. Lewis, "The Executive Computer; Small Business, Handy Tools," http://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/26/business/the-executive-computer-small-business-handy-tools.html?scp=1&sq=timeclockplus&st=cse
  12. ^ Computer Shopper, March 1992, "TimeClock Plus"
  13. ^ Windows Magazine, May 1997, Cheryl Dominianni, "Say Good-Bye to Time Cards"
  14. ^ Scott Turner, DMI Assistant Vice President of Business Development, Personal Interview, 20 April 2011
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mark Moorman, DMI Vice President of Business Development, Personal Interview, 13 April 2011
  16. ^ Data Management Inc., "Hybrid Edition," http://www.timeclockplus.com/Products/Software/Hybrid/Hybrid.aspx
  17. ^ Data Management Inc., "TimeClock Plus OnDemand," http://www.timeclockplus.com/Products/Software/Saas/Saas.aspx
  18. ^ Data Management Inc., "TelClock," http://www.timeclockplus.com/products/Hardware/TelClock/TelClock.aspx
  19. ^ a b Deloitte Technology Fast 500, http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Industries/technology/technology-fast500/c75a1ec6f6001210VgnVCM100000ba42f00aRCRD.htm
  20. ^ Deloitte Technology Fast 500, http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/TMT_us_tmt/us_tmt_2006TechnologyFast500WinnersBrochure.pdf

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