Nevada Gives Human Resources/Payroll System a Facelift
The state of Nevada launched a new human resources/payroll system this week. State officials expect the system, developed by American Management Systems Inc., to improve service to Nevada's 14,000 state employees and personnel managers.
"This project gave us the capability to stabilize our production environment with online data entry," said Diane Jungwirth, budget analyst for Nevada's Department of Administration, which headed the project. "It offers management much better reporting to manage personnel costs and things like employee actions much better."
Jungwirth said training employees on the new payroll system posed no difficulty, but the state did have to change time sheets for 14,000 employees, which took a little time to get used to.
The system was implemented in about 14 months and issued its first paycheck on April 2. It runs in a Unix environment with an Oracle database.
Despite the systems' novelty, there were very few bumps along the way, Jungwirth said.
"It is the largest statewide implementation for AMS in a UNIX /Oracle environment," said Dinyar Kodia, vice president of government systems at AMS. "One of the key points of the project was that there was not much time for any glitches, so we had to plan and execute things correctly throughout the process."
The system allows personnel representatives to enter and research employee information from their desktops. Employees also can complete time sheets, check their benefits status and see how many vacation days they have left through the new system.
Security controls have been put in place to keep unauthorized users from viewing sensitive material, and new business processes can be added or amended without custom programming from the technology staff.
The launch of the system also completes the fixing of all Year 2000-critical components within a larger Integrated Financial System project, a three-year, $13 million project between Nevada and AMS to update the state's aging financial, human resources and payroll systems.
The new system, based on AMS' Advantage products, replaces the state's payroll, accounting and financial systems within its personnel department, controller's office and transportation department in a single, integrated Year 2000-ready solution.