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UKG Software File Integration

Automating File Transfers with UKG Software using SFTP and PGP

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Many companies choose UKG‘s industry leading Human Resources Management System (HRMS) for their employee needs.  The good news is that UKG offers a secure mechanism to integrate your company’s HR data (time/attendance, scheduling, compensation, analytics, compliance, and more)  with UKG’s cloud-based service.  The bad news is that the stringent security requirements for SFTP and PGP might be daunting for some customers.

Never fear! Diplomat MFT offers full support for SFTP and PGP file transfer automation in an intuitive, affordable package.  Our deep experience in SFTP and PGP file transfers will help you to automate your file transfer integration with UKG easily and quickly.

No need to spend time and money on transferring files manually, or building your own scripting or batch-based utilities.  For less than the cost of a one FTE-week project, Diplomat MFT will automate those UKG file transfers securely, with full auditing, alerting, archiving, and reliability — all backed by industry leading support.

Diplomat MFT support all SFTP, PGP, and file naming requirements for file transfers with UKG with an intuitive user interface.

Diplomat MFT can help you to automate the SFTP transfer of your accounting or HR data in an easy to use, secure manner.  With robust scheduling options, strong security, and status notifications through email, Slack, or Teams, Diplomat MFT is the most cost-effective tool you can use to automate secure file transfers with UKG.

  • Secure the file transfers with UKG. 
    Diplomat MFT automatically sends files securely with the SFTP, SSH Client Key Authentication, and OpenPGP encryption.  With the industry’s strongest cryptography, you can rely upon Diplomat MFT to protect the sensitive files that are sent when transferring files to or from UKG using SFTP.
  • Automate the file delivery process.
    Use Diplomat MFT’s robust scheduler, you can easily configure when to transfer your files using SFTP, SSH Client Key Authentication, and OpenPGP between your systems and UKG.  Whether it is a once-a-day transfer, or periodically throughout the day, or even on-demand file transfers, the Diplomat MFT scheduler supports your needs.  Diplomat supports calendar exclusions so files are not transferred on bank holidays.
  • Visibility into Workflows
    Diplomat MFT provides visibility into your workflows so you never have to wonder if files were delivered. With full audit trails, file archiving, and notifications over email, Slack, or Teams, Diplomat MFT has you covered when transferring files with UKG using SFTP, SSH Client Key Authentication, and OpenPGP encryption.
  • World class support.
    With the highest customer support ratings in the industry, Coviant Software has you covered.  If you run into problems with connectivity to UKG or need help with your complex workflows, our friendly and knowledgeable support staff are ready to help.

Diplomat MFT is the perfect tool to automate and secure your file transfers with UKG.  Increase your operational efficiencies while maintaining the highest levels of security and compliance.

What is UKG Software?

UKG (“Ultimate Kronos Group”) software refers to the suite of cloud-based applications and tools developed by the company UKG, which is the result of Kronos and Ultimate Software merging into a single entity in 2020.

UKG specializes in providing human capital management (HCM) and workforce management solutions. The company offers a range of software products and services designed to help organizations manage their workforce-related tasks and processes more efficiently.

UKG’s software includes features such as:

  1. Payroll Processing: Tools for handling payroll calculations, tax compliance, and direct deposit for employees.

  2. Time and Attendance: Solutions for tracking employee work hours, managing time-off requests, and ensuring accurate attendance records.

  3. HR Management: Modules for managing employee data, onboarding, benefits administration, performance evaluations, and more.

  4. Workforce Scheduling: Software that assists in creating employee schedules, managing shift assignments, and optimizing workforce deployment.

  5. Talent Management: Systems to support recruitment, talent acquisition, training, and career development initiatives.

  6. Analytics and Reporting: Tools for generating insights from workforce data, enabling better decision-making and strategy formulation.

UKG’s software aims to streamline HR and workforce-related processes, enhance employee engagement, ensure compliance with labor regulations, and help organizations make data-driven decisions. The company’s solutions are used by businesses across various industries and sizes to manage their workforce effectively.

How can UKG be automated?

UKG Software can be automated through the use of various technologies and strategies. Automation in the context of UKG Software refers to the process of using software tools and systems to perform routine tasks and processes without the need for manual intervention. Here’s how UKG Software can be automated:

  1. Integration with APIs: Many UKG software products offer Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow different software systems to communicate and exchange data. By integrating UKG software with other tools using APIs, you can automate data transfer, synchronization, and updates between different systems.

  2. Workflow Automation: Utilize workflow automation tools to create and automate multi-step processes. For instance, you can set up automated workflows for employee onboarding, approvals for time-off requests, and performance review processes. These workflows can trigger actions based on predefined conditions, reducing the need for manual intervention.

  3. Scheduled Processes: Many tasks within UKG software can be scheduled to run at specific times. For example, you can schedule payroll processing to occur automatically on specific dates, ensuring accurate and timely payroll calculations.

  4. Data Import and Export: Use automated data import and export features to exchange data between UKG software and other systems. This can be particularly useful for integrating employee data from other HR or payroll systems.

  5. Notifications and Alerts: Set up automated notifications and alerts to inform managers and employees about important events. This can include alerts for upcoming training sessions, reminders for performance reviews, or notifications about policy changes.

  6. Self-Service Portals: Implement self-service portals for employees and managers to access and update their information. This reduces the administrative burden on HR teams by allowing individuals to manage their own data and requests, such as updating personal details or submitting time-off requests.

  7. Chatbots and AI: Integrate chatbots or artificial intelligence solutions to handle common employee queries, such as checking leave balances or updating contact information. This reduces the need for HR personnel to answer repetitive inquiries.

  8. Analytics and Reporting: Utilize automated reporting tools to generate regular reports and dashboards. This can provide insights into workforce trends, attendance patterns, and other key metrics without manual report generation.

  9. Rule-Based Automation: Configure automation rules based on specific conditions. For example, you can set rules to automatically assign shifts based on employee availability or seniority.

  10. Performance Management: Automate the performance review process by setting up automated reminders, scheduling review meetings, and sending out evaluation forms.

Remember that the extent of automation will depend on the capabilities of the specific UKG software you’re using and the integration options available. It’s important to carefully plan and test any automation processes to ensure accuracy and compliance with relevant regulations.

How can you automate UKG with Diplomat MFT?

Automating UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) software with Diplomat MFT (Managed File Transfer) involves using Diplomat MFT’s capabilities to securely transfer files, data, and information between UKG systems and other applications. Here’s a general outline of how you can automate UKG using Diplomat MFT:

  1. Identify Automation Needs: Determine which processes within UKG software you want to automate using Diplomat MFT. This could include tasks like payroll data transfers, employee data synchronization, report generation, and more.

  2. Integration Setup:

    a. Connect UKG and Diplomat MFT: Ensure that your Diplomat MFT solution is properly integrated with your UKG software using APIs or integration points provided by both systems.

    b. Data Mapping: Define the data elements and file formats that need to be transferred between UKG and other systems. Map the data fields from UKG to the corresponding fields in the target system.

  3. Automated Workflows:

    a. File Triggers: Set up triggers in Diplomat MFT to initiate file transfers based on specific events. For instance, you can trigger a file transfer whenever payroll data is finalized in the UKG system.

    b. Scheduled Transfers: Schedule regular file transfers at specific intervals (daily, weekly, etc.) to ensure that data is kept up to date between UKG and other systems.

    c. Error Handling: Define rules within Diplomat MFT to handle errors or exceptions that may occur during the file transfer process. This could include notifications to administrators or automatic retries.

  4. Security and Compliance:

    a. Encryption: Ensure that sensitive data is encrypted during transit using secure protocols to maintain data privacy.

    b. Authentication: Implement appropriate authentication mechanisms to verify the identity of systems involved in the data transfer.

    c. Audit Trails: Use Diplomat MFT’s logging and auditing features to keep track of all file transfer activities for compliance and troubleshooting purposes.

  5. Notifications and Monitoring:

    a. Alerts: Set up automated notifications and alerts to inform relevant personnel about the success or failure of file transfers.

    b. Monitoring: Monitor the automated processes and check for any anomalies or issues that may require manual intervention.

  6. Testing and Validation:

    a. Testing Environment: Test your automated processes in a controlled environment before deploying them in a production setting. This helps ensure that everything works as intended and prevents potential disruptions.

    b. Data Validation: Implement mechanisms to validate the accuracy and integrity of the transferred data.

  7. Documentation and Maintenance:

    a. Documentation: Maintain documentation of the automated processes, including configurations, schedules, and any troubleshooting steps.

    b. Regular Review: Periodically review and update your automation workflows to accommodate any changes in the UKG system or your organization’s requirements.

It’s important to work closely with your IT and HR teams, as well as any support provided by Diplomat MFT, to tailor the automation process to your specific needs and ensure that data integrity and security are maintained throughout the process.

What are the benefits of automating UKG?

Automating UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) software offers numerous benefits from a business perspective, enhancing efficiency, reducing human errors, and saving costs. Here are some key advantages:

  1. Improved Business Efficiency:

    • Faster Processes: Automation accelerates tasks such as payroll processing, employee onboarding, and data updates, leading to quicker turnaround times.
    • Streamlined Workflows: Automated workflows ensure consistent processes, reducing bottlenecks and delays caused by manual interventions.
    • Optimized Resource Allocation: Employees can focus on strategic tasks instead of repetitive administrative work, enhancing overall productivity.
  2. Reduced Human Errors:

    • Data Accuracy: Automation reduces the risk of manual data entry errors, ensuring accurate and consistent information across systems.
    • Compliance: Automated processes can enforce compliance with company policies, industry regulations, and labor laws, reducing the likelihood of costly non-compliance issues.
  3. Cost Savings:

    • Labor Costs: Automation reduces the need for manual labor, freeing up HR staff to work on more value-added tasks and potentially reducing staffing needs.
    • Error Mitigation: Fewer errors mean fewer resources spent on error detection, correction, and rectification.
    • Operational Efficiency: Faster processes and streamlined workflows contribute to overall operational cost savings.
  4. Enhanced Data Security and Privacy:

    • Reduced Exposure: Automated transfers minimize the risk of data exposure or leakage during manual handling, enhancing data security.
    • Encryption: Automation tools often employ encryption protocols to ensure the security of data during transit.
  5. Consistency and Standardization:

    • Uniform Processes: Automation enforces consistent processes across departments and locations, avoiding discrepancies in practices.
    • Employee Experience: Standardized processes contribute to a consistent and positive employee experience.
  6. Timely Reporting and Analytics:

    • Real-time Insights: Automation enables the timely generation of reports and analytics, empowering decision-makers with up-to-date information.
    • Strategic Decisions: Access to accurate and current data supports informed strategic planning and resource allocation.
  7. Scalability:

    • Handle Growth: Automated processes can easily accommodate increased volumes of tasks and data as your organization grows.
    • Adapt to Changes: As your business needs change, automation can be adjusted or expanded to accommodate new processes or requirements.
  8. Employee Satisfaction:

    • Reduced Admin Burden: Automation reduces administrative tasks for HR teams, allowing them to focus on more strategic and engaging work.
    • Self-Service: Automated self-service portals empower employees to manage their own data and requests, enhancing their experience.
  9. Auditability and Compliance:

    • Detailed Logs: Automated processes often generate detailed logs of activities, aiding in compliance audits and investigations.
  10. Mitigated Operational Risks:

    • Dependency Reduction: Relying less on manual processes minimizes the risks associated with staff turnover, sick leaves, and human-dependent errors.

In summary, automating UKG software yields substantial benefits that positively impact business efficiency, accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and overall operational effectiveness. It enables organizations to allocate resources strategically, enhance employee experiences, and focus on high-value tasks that drive growth and innovation.

Are there any risks and reassurances for using UKG software?

When using any software, including UKG software, there are cybersecurity risks to be aware of. It’s important to take steps to mitigate these risks and ensure the security of your data and systems. Here are some potential cybersecurity risks and measures to consider for reassurance when using UKG software:

1. Data Breaches:

  • Risk: If unauthorized parties gain access to sensitive employee data stored in UKG systems, it can lead to data breaches, identity theft, and financial fraud.
  • Reassurance: UKG should provide robust data encryption, access controls, and regular security audits to protect against breaches. Ensure that your organization follows best practices for user access management and data encryption.

2. Phishing and Social Engineering:

  • Risk: Cybercriminals may use phishing emails or social engineering tactics to trick employees into revealing login credentials or sensitive information related to UKG.
  • Reassurance: Regular cybersecurity training for employees can help them recognize phishing attempts. Encourage a culture of skepticism towards unsolicited emails and provide clear guidelines for verifying sensitive requests.

3. Integration and API Vulnerabilities:

  • Risk: Integrations between UKG software and other systems may introduce vulnerabilities if not properly secured.
  • Reassurance: Ensure that UKG provides secure API options, and follow best practices for securing integrations. Regularly update and patch integration points to address any security vulnerabilities.

4. Insider Threats:

  • Risk: Insiders with authorized access to UKG systems may misuse their privileges to access or manipulate sensitive data.
  • Reassurance: Implement access controls that restrict users’ permissions based on their roles. Regularly monitor and audit user activities to detect any unusual behavior.

5. Third-Party Risks:

  • Risk: Third-party vendors or service providers that interact with UKG systems might introduce security weaknesses or vulnerabilities.
  • Reassurance: Vet third-party vendors for their security practices and ensure they follow industry standards. Include security requirements in contracts and agreements.

6. Software Vulnerabilities:

  • Risk: Like any software, UKG software may have vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors.
  • Reassurance: UKG should have a strong security team that actively monitors and patches vulnerabilities. Stay updated with software updates and patches provided by UKG to address any known security issues.

7. Data Privacy Compliance:

  • Risk: Mishandling of employee data can lead to non-compliance with data privacy regulations such as GDPR or HIPAA compliance.
  • Reassurance: Ensure that UKG’s data handling practices comply with relevant regulations. Implement proper data retention and deletion policies to minimize risks associated with data privacy.

8. Incident Response:

  • Risk: Without a well-defined incident response plan, a security breach might not be detected or resolved promptly.
  • Reassurance: Develop a comprehensive incident response plan that outlines procedures for identifying, mitigating, and recovering from security incidents. Conduct regular drills to ensure preparedness.

Before implementing UKG software, it’s important to conduct a thorough security assessment, engage with UKG to understand their security measures, and establish internal security policies and procedures. By being proactive and vigilant about cybersecurity, you can help ensure the safety of your data and systems when using UKG software.

Expand for a real-world example of Diplomat MFT and UKG Software working together.

Let’s use the example of where a customer needs to exchange data between Epic (hospital’s system for appointments) and UKG Dimensions (workforce management system) to manage staffing and scheduling. Diplomat MFT (Managed File Transfer) can indeed help facilitate this data exchange. Here’s how:

Explanation:

In this scenario, the customer aims to transfer “demand data” (upcoming hospital appointments) from their Epic system to UKG Dimensions. This data will be used for staffing and scheduling purposes in Dimensions. The challenge is to establish a secure and automated data transfer process that ensures the timely and accurate sharing of appointment information between the two systems.

Solution:

  1. Data Extraction from Epic:
    • Extract the required appointment data from the Epic system, including appointment times, types, and other relevant details. This data could be stored in a structured format such as CSV, XML, or JSON.
  2. Data Transformation:
    • If necessary, transform the extracted data into a format that is compatible with UKG Dimensions. This could involve mapping Epic’s appointment data fields to corresponding fields in Dimensions.
  3. Automated Data Transfer with Diplomat MFT:
    • Utilize Diplomat MFT to establish an automated data transfer process between Epic and UKG Dimensions.
    • Triggers: Configure Diplomat MFT to be triggered by specific events, such as the generation of new appointment data in Epic.
    • Secure Transfer: Diplomat MFT will securely transfer the transformed data from Epic to UKG Dimensions using encryption and secure protocols.
  4. Integration with UKG Dimensions:
    • Integrate Diplomat MFT with UKG Dimensions using their provided APIs or integration points to ensure that the transferred data is correctly ingested.
    • Configure Diplomat MFT to deliver the data to the appropriate location within UKG Dimensions.
  5. Data Processing in UKG Dimensions:
    • Once the data is transferred to UKG Dimensions, the system can process the incoming “demand data” to optimize staffing and scheduling based on upcoming appointments.
  6. Error Handling and Notifications:
    • Configure Diplomat MFT to handle errors or exceptions that may occur during data transfer. Set up automated notifications to alert administrators in case of any issues.

Benefits of Using Diplomat MFT:

  • Security: Diplomat MFT ensures secure data transfer through encryption and compliance with data protection standards.
  • Automation: Automated workflows reduce manual intervention, ensuring timely data exchange.
  • Reliability: Diplomat MFT’s reliability and error-handling features minimize the risk of data loss or corruption during transfer.
  • Auditing: Detailed logs and audit trails provide transparency into the data transfer process for compliance and troubleshooting.
  • Integration: Diplomat MFT’s integration capabilities help connect Epic and UKG Dimensions seamlessly.

By implementing Diplomat MFT as part of this solution, the customer can achieve efficient, secure, and automated data exchange between Epic and UKG Dimensions, enabling effective staffing and scheduling based on hospital appointment data.