March 08, 2016

Case Study: Wink Engineering Integrates Payroll with Project Management

Case Study: Wink Engineering Integrates Payroll with Project Management

By Kit Dickinson on March 08, 2016

Case Study: Wink Engineering Integrates Payroll with Project Management

Wink Engineering, LLC is a professional consulting firm that provides engineering and design services to the industrial sector. Wink performs these services across several disciplines, including land surveying/high definition scanning, project and construction management, project controls, and procurement.

Business Challenge

Wink Engineering has over 300 employees, including many licensed professionals who work on different projects involving multiple vendors and clients. They use Microsoft Dynamics-SL for managing their vendors, projects, and financials. Wink’s HR and payroll managers were tasked with managing new hires, employee changes, and vendor data, and they wanted to migrate to an HR/payroll solution that supported integration with their Microsoft ERP.

IDI and one of our partners consulted with Wink to understand their business and technical issues and position an integrated solution to ensure they could reliably integrate data from their HR/payroll system to Microsoft Dynamics-SL.

Technical Solution

Based on Wink Engineering’s business needs payroll was configured to reliably enforce Wink’s pay policies and deliver critical HR functionality and reports. IDI’s Time Bank application was configured and implemented to streamline employee masterfile, job rates, and vendor data transfer from the HR/payroll system to Dynamics-SL with the following capabilities:

  • Read employee and vendor data from ADP WFN HR on a client-controlled basis
  • Identify changes to employee or vendor profiles to ensure only new and changed information is transferred to Dynamics-SL
  • Create output data for direct import into Microsoft Dynamics-SL

The integration solution was successfully implemented, and it continues to be supported by IDI and our partner. Wink Engineering receives free upgrades when their payroll system or Microsoft Dynamics-SL versions change.

"The Time Bank solution was configured to meet our specific mapping requirements, and it reliably transfers our critical project and vendor information between our systems," said Eric Williamson, Director of Finance, Wink Engineering LLC. "With Time Bank we do not need to be concerned with dual entry or missing information between systems."

About Time Bank

Time Bank is an application designed to connect multiple employee systems and provide customized functionality. The product’s template-driven integration engine combines years of application knowledge and experience with industry-standard development tools and techniques with the capability to accommodate direct database integration, web services, XML, and various ASCII-based files. Time Bank has been implemented in local, network, and terminal server environments. Each Time Bank installation may include one or many “links” between employee data systems such as payroll, HR, accounting packages, or time-and-attendance.

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