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Automation Process for IBM Labor Claiming

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013032D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The necessity for this invention came into being with the sunset of the corporate TOTALS application and the advent of the new National Time Attendance (NTA) application. IBM divisions working government contracts are required by law to record hours worked against project codes. This function, currently in TOTALS, is not planned for the NTA application. This invention is a new process to combine and automate IBM employee and contractor labor claiming to provide a more accurate and timely project cost accounting. It solves the labor intensive manual process of collecting paper timesheets, manually calculating costs, and manual entry of the data into a IBM legacy accounting systems. The advantages of the invention are: Reduction of manual labor from 40 hours a week to less than 1 to collect, calculate, and enter data into the accounting system. Elimination of human misreads from paper timesheets. Elimination of calculation errors. Elimination of charges to invalid or closed project codes. Elimination of manual entry errors into the legacy system. Ability to retrieve on-line project cost reporting. Faster, more accurate billing and cost accounting.