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Clouds in my Java?

November 14, 2013

Yesterday, random thoughts flew around my head like bats in an immense cave of emptiness as I flew home from KronosWorks:

  • The white chocolate clouds in our Kronos Cloud booth were massive. I thought they were going to be cute little bite-sized clouds…
  • I closed my eyes through 37.5% of the incredible “Despicable Me” 4D (or whatever it was) ride. Believe me, the person sitting in front of me is glad I did.
  • In a related note, some customers in an early Wednesday session I attended were appreciative that presenter Tim “T.O.” Ozirsky handed out their choice of Advil or Tylenol… Nice touch, T.O.
  • I observed high interest in “softer” services like solution optimization, change management, user adoption, and advanced testing services. Those services can have a huge impact on a positive customer experience.
  • There’s also high interest in social technologies, both inside and outside (Twitter, etc.) our products.
  • Only about 2 of 80 customers in our Customer Portal session indicated they receive our Workforce Matters newsletter.
  • There are two types of people. Those who ride roller-coasters, and those who don’t. I’m in the wind blown hair group.
  • The java thing…

3_billion javaSpeaking of airports, have you ever seen the Oracle ads touting “3 Billion Devices Run Java?” Well, your Workforce Central system and connected user devices are likely among them, and unless you install a Service Pack or a Patch, they’ll stop working after January 14, 2014. Yeah, not cool. We recently sent notification to customers that the upcoming release of Oracle’s JRE 1.7.0_51 (January 14, 2014) will introduce security enhancements that will require all customers running Workforce Central (WFC) versions 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.0 on JRE 1.7 to take action to continue using Workforce Central after January 14, 2014.

Our Workforce Central customers in the Kronos Cloud are being proactively contacted to schedule Service Pack installation by Kronos Cloud support teams. All 500+ customer systems in the Workforce Central Cloud will have required Service Packs installed by Kronos with minimal impact to their operations prior to January 14, 2014.

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