Congress, Microsoft, and Changing Time; Company Helps Businesses With Automated Timekeeping Stay on Time

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New Jersey company helps businesses with automated timekeeping stay on time.

Starting in 2007, most of the United States and Canada will observe DST from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, and most computer clocks will be wrong. It's not a problem for most individuals with stand-alone computers, but for every business, especially those in multiple time zones, it is.

"It's not that we haven't known this was coming since 2005," states Kevin Heinle, technology manager of Datamatics Management Services, the developer of time and attendance software solution that is used by thousands of businesses across the nation, "but that it has taken Microsoft until a few days ago to provide us with the software development tools necessary to make the change for our clients."

This year businesses with automated time and attendance systems will have to do much more than just change their clocks, they will have to make sure that the system doesn't automatically update itself and change time again if they have reset it manually. "Now that the Microsoft tools are in our hands, the transition will be simple," says Heinle. But, many businesses that do not have the ability to change time at a central location will have a challenge resetting clocks and making sure that their Microsoft operating systems don't change time again on April 7," Heinle warns.

The 2007 U.S. time change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which changed a 20-year-old policy (1987-2006) starting DST on the first Sunday in April and ending it on the last Sunday in October. Once a study of the economic effects of the new DST is completed, Congress retains the right to go back to the previous dates. One must wonder if the cost of changing the software and resetting clocks for millions of business will be part of their calculations.

For further information or a more complete explanation of the impacts of changing time in businesses with automated timekeeping systems, please contact: Mr. Chris Hansen, Marketing and Public Relations Director at 800-673-0366.

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