6/12/2003 - Affiliated Computer Systems (NYSE: ACS), a premier provider of business process and information technology outsourcing solutions, announced that it has teamed with Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) to deliver Human Resources (HR) self-service solutions, based on the Sun ONE Application Server, to Motorola and other clients.
As part of ACS's new ACS Global HR Solutions business and 10-year contract with Motorola (NYSE: MOT), under which Motorola is transitioning its HR systems, software and process capabilities to ACS, the HR self-service solutions utilize a Web-based application called Employee Self-Service Network (Enet) that is based on the Sun ONE Application Server.
Providing Motorola with real-time access to employee data, Enet utilizes a workflow solution to route transactions for electronic approval, enabling employees to update personal information and work information, such as address, emergency contact and phone numbers, or supervisors and managers to initiate administrative actions regarding their employees. Through the Manager Desktop functionality of Enet, managers can initiate transactions regarding job classification/salary changes (e.g. job code revision), organization changes (e.g. department/shift/ reports-to update), status changes (e.g. move from full-time to part-time), and special payments (e.g. recognition award). Enet was originally developed by Motorola and accessed via a legacy system until September of 2001 when the entire platform moved to an end-to-end Sun software solution.
"With the ongoing transition of Motorola's HR services to ACS, it was very important to us to maintain Motorola's long-standing partnership with Sun Microsystems, which we view as highly strategic to our ACS Global HR Solutions business," said Kathy Matsko, Vice President of ACS HRIS. "The Sun ONE Application Server enables ACS to provide a faster, more scalable HR service to Motorola and other clients, giving ACS an added competitive advantage in the HR solutions market."
"Sun's partnership with ACS and Motorola is an excellent example of the power of Sun's J2EE-based Sun ONE Application Server to provide customers with significant ROI on their technology investments," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Java Web services at Sun. "By leveraging the industry-standard Java platform inherent in the scalable, high performance Sun ONE Application Server, enterprises can be more innovative and efficient than ever in how they develop and deliver Web services today."
The Sun ONE Application Server is an open, integratable Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based product for developing and delivering Java Web services across the enterprise. Motorola's move to the Sun ONE Application Server gave managers worldwide the ability to initiate transactions through one access point and provided Motorola with a more stable, high-performance environment. The response time for Enet transactions is approximately 50 percent faster as a result of the move to Sun ONE. During Q1 of 2003, approximately 26,000 Enet transactions were completed per month. Motorola has exceeded its goal of achieving 85 percent paperless HR transactions. Enet transactions are normally completed in two business days or less. This average cycle time for Enet Manager Desktop transactions, from initiation to approval, is better than the HR industry standard.
Motorola chose the Sun ONE Application Server for its flexibility, ease of use, scalability, robustness, speed, security and dynamic performance. The current design and configuration supports 10 different languages and the business and legal requirements for 70 countries. "The technology behind Enet has made a huge improvement in the cycle time of Human Resources activities," said Brian Pohlman, Senior Director of Engineering at Motorola. "In the past, transactions and approvals were completed on paper and could take weeks to process. Today, this can be accomplished in a few hours or less, and everything is centralized electronically on the Enet web tool."
ACS, a Fortune 500 company with more than 40,000 people supporting operations in nearly 100 countries, provides business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to world-class commercial and government clients. ACS (NYSE: ACS) makes technology work. Visit ACS on the Internet at www.acs-inc.com.
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