I did not post anything the last time a similar subject came up, but it
seems relevant to a recent question (see below).
CCSU and CNSU (Caledonia Central & North SU's) are using a Human
Resources database that I developed along with Jan Westervelt. Jan was
the business manager at CCSU until sometime last year. In his past, he
has done database development. I'm well versed in MS Access, which I've
been using to develop custom DB's for local businesses for the last 5
years. We worked well together, and put together a database that the two
SU's have been using for - in the case of CCSU - almost a year (they
used it to produce the bulk of last year's contracts). Two other SU
business managers have expressed an interest. These are all relatively
small SU's; I can't say how well this DB will scale to larger organizations.
I do not want to develop this as a "product" to be sold. Instead, I want
to make it available at no cost other than that of my time in helping to
get it to work in another environment. [At some point I may want to
charge for the cost of software I would need to ease the job of keeping
track of changes at multiple sites - I have my eyes on a $200 utility.]
I don't want to be sucked into a vortex of unreimbursed support, but
will gladly share what I have. I would like to pull in (at least) a few
more SU's, to distribute the cost of developing portions not yet
complete, and to have a larger base for whom to develop a "version 2.0."
I'd be happy to share future development with others, as long as there
are clear guidelines about incorporating each others' changes.
This database does not do payrolls, but can track some payroll-related
information (e.g., on deductions). It can track licenses & endorsements,
and can keep track of sick, vacation, etc. time. It includes an
"Employee Directory" report.
It could be used on a network in various modes - with Access handling
both front end (forms, reports, etc.) and back end or with some other
database (SQL, etc.) taking on the back end. The way it's currently
being used requires a copy of MS Access for each person using the
database. It could be done differently, with some effort. I am
downloading information on SIF certification - such is beyond the scope
of this database in its current incarnation. The intent of SIF seems to
be towards greater ease of information exchange. I'd be happy to do more
towards that end if deemed worth the effort (cost).
So - if anyone's interested, get in touch. I'll be happy to provide
contact information at CCSU and CNSU (would want to check with them
first - so far, they've been happy to field questions from others
interested, but I don't want to burden them unnecessarily). I'd be happy
to see this work get broader use.
Bill Kimball wrote:
>Hi folks -
>WE are starting to ask questions about financial software and try to
>make it interoperable with our other systems (student management, staff
>data bases, HR) If you have updated your financial software for the
>central office in the past three years could you please answer the
>Does it need NT network?
>Does it work across IP?
>IS it SIF certified?
>Do it work with other Databases through exports/imports?
>Does it have a HR component?
>Information Technology Director
>Lamoille South Supervisory Union
>P.O. Box 340
>Morrisville, VT 05661