WFC 8.0 Technical Datasheet
Learn more about the technology that makes
Workforce Central 8 work
The Kronos® Workforce Central® suite was built on the belief that you shouldn’t have to
sacrifice the features and functionality you want for the simplicity you need. This single,
integrated system offers time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, HR,
payroll, hiring, labor analytics, and other applications that can help your organization
control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity.
Building on this proven legacy, Workforce Central 8 delivers more features and
capabilities than ever before to help you manage your workforce for optimal results —
regardless of your industry, region, or platform. Combining deep functionality and a
superior user experience, the solution provides the automated tools and high-quality
information you need to increase employee engagement, improve decision making,
and drive operational excellence.
Workforce Central 8
applications include:
Kronos Touch ID® Software
Workforce Absence Manager™ 8
Workforce Accruals® 8
Workforce Activities™ 8
Workforce Analytics™ 8
Workforce Budgeting™ 8
Workforce Device Manager™ 8
Workforce Employee™ 8
Workforce Enterprise Archive™ 8
Workforce Forecast Manager™ 8
Workforce HR™ 8
Discover workforce management — uncompromised — with Workforce Central 8.
Workforce Integration Manager™ 8
Technical overview
Workforce Manager™ 8
Workforce Central 8 is a web-based enterprise suite of workforce management
applications designed to control labor costs and maximize workforce productivity, while
minimizing the impact on IT. A distinct advantage of the Workforce Central 8 platform is
its ability to match diverse user needs with a broad range of interaction devices
including web browsers, data collection terminals, telephony, mobile phones, tablets,
and more.
Workforce Mobile™ 8
Platform portability
Workforce Payroll™ 8
Workforce Scheduler™ 8
Workforce Tablet™ 8
Workforce Task Management™ 8
Workforce Timekeeper™ 8
The Workforce Central 8 architecture is built on an industry-standard model using the
Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) for Web applications to provide an extensive set of
scalable platform options. The J2EE platform enables the solution to run on a broad set of operating systems and application
servers. In keeping with this open and portable approach to application development, Microsoft® SQL Server and Oracle are the
platform’s supported database products.
Three-tier architecture
From an IT perspective, Workforce Central 8 solutions are structured in a three-tier application architecture, which enables fast
deployment and cost-effective integration within your existing IT infrastructure.
Client tier: In the client tier, customers have access to multiple types of interfaces to interact with Kronos applications. Based on
users’ roles, Kronos provides access via telephony, smart phone, tablet, data terminals (including SmartViews), dynamic html, rich
web interfaces (HTML5, Ajax, Flash), and portals that leverage the most suitable technology to meet their specific needs.
Application tier: The J2EE application server implements the application logic, which performs the real work of Workforce Central
solutions. The Web server resides on this tier awaiting browser requests that are passed to Workforce Central. The application tier
also includes a business rules engine Web service that optimizes the application server by offloading computationally intensive
work for faster response. At the heart of this Web service is the Workforce Totalizer, a robust rules engine designed around an
object-oriented model. The Workforce Totalizer executes Workforce Central business rules in real time. The advantage of this
approach is its ability to provide payroll managers and supervisors with real-time calculated data to support decision making and
data modeling.
Database tier: The database server efficiently stores and retrieves all application data. The database configuration depends on
numerous factors, including the number of employee records in the database, the number of clients, the number of pay periods to
be stored, and the storage subsystem configuration.
Data collection and self-service
Workforce Central 8 supports four general categories of users: 1) administrators charged with configuration and setup; 2)
employees; 3) frontline managers who directly manage employees; and 4) human resources and payroll specialists who centrally
manage the corporate payroll and pay policies. Managers and specialists have very similar requirements as they are typically the
power users of a workforce management application.
Given the makeup of today’s workforce, It is important that workforce management applications leverage the most appropriate
technology to deliver a user interface that meets role-based needs and work styles. A web-based technology approach provides a
strong foundation for this degree of flexibility, but a closer look at user needs often reveals more complex requirements. The
Kronos architecture offers the ability to match the right technology approach with the usage model for each type of user and the
strengths of a wide range of interaction devices.
In order for employees to enter time and attendance data and check their leave balances via self-service, a Web browser or the
Workforce Mobile application is all that is required for access. To protect the privacy of an employee’s data and increase the
overall security of the solution, Web server connections can be configured to use either the HTTP or the HTTPS protocol.
Connections over HTTPS, which leverages the Transport Layer Security (TLS) cryptographic protocol, use encryption and require a
server certificate from VeriSign or another certificate authority.
Workforce Mobile
The Kronos Workforce Mobile™ solution provides a mobile connection to your Workforce Central 8 system, enabling users to
complete common administrative tasks right on their mobile device. Managers can easily see and rapidly respond to potential
workforce management issues — from anywhere, at any time — via Workforce Mobile Manager. Employees can perform their
time management tasks when and where they need to using Workforce Mobile Employee.
This on-the-go access means your workforce is able to instantly engage, take action, and move on, resulting in faster decision
making, higher productivity, and more effective control of labor costs.
Workforce Tablet
The Kronos Workforce Tablet™ solution gives managers constant mobile access to the Workforce Central 8 system via the
convenience of today’s tablet devices. Leveraging the combined capabilities of Workforce Tablet and the Apple® iPad®, Kronos
puts the power of a back-office PC in the hands of managers — whether they’re on the shop floor, across the building, or on the
road. With the Workforce Tablet solution, managers can access and record labor data in real-time and make critical workforce
decisions instantly by staying connected to Workforce Central at all times.
User Interface
Workforce Central 8 features a reimagined user experience with significant enhancements to primary screens. Thanks to its
intuitive new look and feel, working with Workforce Central is easier than ever before:
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Advanced HTML5 core technology offers compatibility across a wide range of devices.
Employee photos help managers quickly find key employees, help prevent errors and buddy punching at Kronos
InTouch® terminals, and engage employees by personalizing their experience.
New Genies help users easily group, filter, and summarize data as if it had first been exported to a spreadsheet,
allowing users to solve problems quickly and effectively.
Security of confidential data
Workforce Central 8 supports LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory for password authentication, enabling organizations to
centralize the maintenance of passwords. The solution also supports single sign-on capability for both SiteMinder® and SAML
enabled environments to facilitate controlled access via once-per-session authentication. In addition, Kronos provides automated
password reset to reduce the burden on help desks.
Workforce Central 8 supports SSL as an option for added security. User access rights are defined in the Workforce Central 8 access
control profiles.
Integration with existing infrastructure
Kronos offers tools for integrating Workforce Central 8 with critical business systems such as payroll, HR, patient information
systems, and other back-office applications. Certified interfaces to major ERP systems, such as SAP, facilitate connections to
existing data sources and repositories, further improving your return on investment.
The flexible and configurable Workforce Integration Manager™ tool provides components for interface processing and interface
development. Workforce Integration Manager uses industry-standard technologies to import data from a variety of sources, files,
and tables, and to output data into many different file formats or directly to other relational database management systems.
Batch transfer of tables from HR or payroll systems can be accomplished using table-based import utilities provided within the
Workforce Central 8 applications. Workforce Integration Manager helps extend the use — and value — of your labor management
data by making it accessible to other applications in the formats they require.
Extensibility support with XML API toolkit
Many Workforce Central customers require tight integration with critical business applications for data synchronization purposes.
Other organizations require adherence to customer-specific user-interface standards. The SOAP-based XML API delivers this
flexibility by providing views of business objects to facilitate the extension of business rules and the validation of data. This open
API supports unique customer needs while protecting application integrity through a stable, reliable interface.
System administration
Workforce Central 8 provides capabilities that enable busy IT managers to perform system administration functions — at any time,
from anywhere — even when business takes them away from their primary location. Automatic push notifications alert system
administrators when scheduled events or servers fail. System performance metrics, such as active users logged on, can be
monitored remotely. System tasks and events can be scheduled at convenient times when system usage is low. What’s more,
system status instrumentation, health data, and performance assessment data are provided for easy integration into leading
monitoring and management applications.
Enterprise Archive
Workforce Central 8 introduces Kronos Enterprise Archive, which replaces Workforce Record manager. This new Enterprise tool
combines high-performance bulk archive capability with enterprise scalability, enabling users to archive and purge with zero
downtime.
Deployment Options
Workforce Central 8 can be deployed on premises or in the cloud. Depending on the size of your capital budget and the skills and
availability of your IT staff, you can choose the deployment option that is the best fit for your organization. Whichever option you
choose, you can count on Kronos to get you off to a strong start for rapid time to value.
VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization
Workforce Central 8 applications can be run on VMware® and Microsoft Hyper-V® virtual machines. Virtualization is a software
technology that makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and applications on the same computer at the same time,
thereby increasing hardware utilization and flexibility. By using virtualization software, an IT department can transform — or
“virtualize” — the hardware resources of an x86-based computer, including the CPU, RAM, hard disk, and network controller, to
create several fully functional virtual machines, which can run their own operating system and applications.
Supported technology
Desktop requirements
Browser
Vendor
Operating System
Product
Version
Microsoft
Internet Explorer
Google
Chrome
41+
Mozilla
Firefox 32-bit
35+
Vendor
9, 10, and 11
Microsoft
Product
Version
Windows 8 and 8.1- 64-bit (Desktop Mode)
nly)
Windows 7 - 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
Apple 
Safari
7.x and 8.x
Apple 
Mac OS-X 10.9 and 10.10
Note: For Safari browser/OS X clients, JRE is provided by Oracle.
Firefox and Chrome are not supported with HRMS Admin.
Only recent versions of Chrome and Firefox are supported (current version and two back).
IE 9 requires the modernizr plug-in.
CPU
RAM
Cache
Display
Intel-based Pentium 4 or AMD equivalent; 2 GHz+ recommended
2GB minimum - 4GB recommended
256KB/L2 recommended
1,024 x 768 with 256 Color Recommended; Minimum graphics memory: 128 MB
Hard Disk Space
Minimum free disk space: 100 MB
Network Protocol
HTTP or HTTPS
LAN Connection: Gigabit network recommended
WAN Connection: Fractional T1 or (T1+ recommended)
Network Bandwidth
Workforce Timekeeper v7 requires that Cookies be enabled and Active-X controls be permitted.
Navigator user interface
Vendor
Adobe
Vendor
Oracle
Product
Version
Flash
Product
Operating System
17
Same as supported browsers
Java Plug-in
(only needed for System Setup, Event Manager, and Workload Planner )
Version
Java Plug-in (JRE)
Supports JRE 1.8 of JRE 1.8.0_45 (ships with product)
Operating System
Same as supported browsers
For the pages that require JRE, Chrome cannot be used as the browser.
Mobile 4.0
Device type
Platform
®
Apple
®
Apple iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch running iOS8+
Android
OS 4.1 and up
Workforce Mobile supports MDM.
Mobile apps are posted to subscribenet.
Workforce Mobile (client in App store) – 4.0
Workforce Tablet (client in App store) – 2.0
Device type
Apple
Platform
Apple iPad running iOS8+
Server Virtualization
(all components of Workforce Central and Analytics can be run on virtual machines)
Vendor
Product
Operating System
®
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
Microsoft
Hyper-V
VMware
VMware VSphere v5+
ESXi Hypervisor v4.1+
®
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
Desktop Virtualization
Citrix Version
Citrix
XenApp v7.5
Platform Operating System
Microsoft Version
Microsoft Windows 2012 Server 64-Bit
Microsoft
Terminal Services
Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server 64-Bit
Web Server
Vendor
Microsoft
Version
V 8.0
V 8.5
Vendor
Microsoft
Microsoft
Apache 
Web Server
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 SE
Operating System
Product
IIS
Platform Operating System
v2.4.9
®
IBM 
®
SUSE 
Product
Version
Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
AIX (pSeries)
7.1
Linux Enterprise Server
11.2
Streaming video on InTouch 1.1 requires IIS.
Application Server
Vendor
Product
Operating System
Version
Vendor
Microsoft
JBoss
EAP
V6.3
Product
Microsoft
Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
AIX (pSeries)
7.1
SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server
11.2
Operating System
Version
2010
2005*
RDLC
Version
IBM 
Workforce Reporting Server
Vendor
Product
Vendor
Microsoft
Product
Version
Windows Server 2012 – 64-Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-Bit
RDLC 2005 is for custom reports from prior versions of Workforce Central only and it is recommend that reports be upgraded to RDLC 2010 when possible.
HRMS uses embedded Crystal XI.
For customizing reports, Visual Studio 2008 is required.
Workforce Enterprise Archive
Vendor
Product
Enterprise Data
Management Suite
(EDMS)
Solix
Operating System
Version
Vendor
V6.5
All operating systems supported by Workforce Central
Application Server Workforce Analytics
Vendor
Product
Version
Apache
Tomcat
v6.0.32
MicroStrategy
MicroStrategy
v9.4.1
Operating System
Vendor
Microsoft
Product
Windows Server 2012 SE (64-bit)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
Version
Workforce Analytics Office Add-in
Vendor
Product
Operating System
Version
Vendor
®
Microsoft
Microsoft Office
Professional and
Enterprise
editions
Product
Windows 8 and 8.1 - 64-bit
2013
2010 SP1
Microsoft
Windows 7 - 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows Server 2012 SE (64-bit)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
Workforce Analytics for Healthcare Kits
Vendor
Microsoft
Product
Microsoft Excel
Version
Operating System
Version
2013
2010 SP1
Vendor
Microsoft
Product
Version
Windows 8 and 8.1 - 64-bit
Windows 7 - 32-bit and 64-bit
Database Server Technology Support
Database
Operating System
Oracle 11gR2 (11.2) 64-bit and 12C 
All operating systems that Oracle supports for these database versions
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 - 64 bit
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - 64 bit
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 - 64 Bit
Standard, Workgroups, Small Business, and Enterprise
editions only
All operating systems that Microsoft supports for these database versions
Not supported with HRMS
Not supported by Analytics
 Low volume platform support delivered in service pack
Conclusion
Since its initial launch in 2001, Workforce Central has been helping organizations across the globe to control labor costs, minimize
compliance risk, and improve productivity through more effective workforce management. Over the years, Kronos has:
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Performed thousands of successful deployments for customers in more than 100 countries
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Expanded the suite with powerful new workforce management modules
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Developed robust vertical functionality to address complex industry-specific challenges
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Established itself as the global leader in workforce management solutions
Workforce Central 8 builds on this strong legacy, providing new and compelling value propositions not only to traditional Kronos
buyers, such as HR and payroll managers, but also to corporate executives, IT administrators, operations management, and
individual employees.
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