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3 Deadlines for Preparing Your Workforce Management Solution for the End of Adobe Flash

Posted by Neil Shah on May 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM

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Coronavirus may have upturned many plans and expectations for 2020, but one crucial deadline remains unchanged. Businesses everywhere have until the end of December to ditch integrations with Adobe Flash Player before Adobe ends its software support.

This deadline applies to everything from your organization's web properties to the software solutions (especially those managed on-premise), which you depend on for conducting daily business. Here are our suggested time frames for preparing your workforce management solution to avoid this looming potential disruption.

1: May–June (A.S.A.P.): Determine Your Current Solutions' Flash Status

Workforce management solution providers have been preparing for this major transition for the past couple of years. As such, more recent implementations are now free from  their reliance on Flash plugins and features. 

Many customers operating Kronos's cloud-based solutions like Workforce Dimensions or Workforce Central version 8.1.3 and after are already set, and they can now focus Flash eradication efforts elsewhere. 

For those who are still using older solutions or administering solutions on-site, there is a high risk of residual Flash integration, which may disrupt essential functions after December.

2: July–September: Secure an Implementation or Upgrade Partner

While it may help to already know which solution you want to upgrade to, an implementation partner like The Workforce Consulting Group can also help guide you through the decision process to achieve a lasting solution, avoiding the need for a stop-gap later. 

Once decided, an implementation can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months, so make sure you give yourself enough time to be done before the final deadline. It is important to remember that many other businesses are competing for the same assistance on the same timeline, so solution providers and partners will be increasingly inundated with requests as the deadline approaches.

3: Early November-December: Complete Your Implementation or Upgrade

If your transition has not started by this October, you may find yourself in an especially tight pinch. Not only will you have to contend with the imminent sunsetting of Flash plugin support, but the flurry of winter holidays will eat up even more of your window to keep schedules on track. 

Fortunately, key partner practices like platform training can take place after the software deadline throughout early 2021, but the off-switch still flips for Flash come New Year's Eve, whether your solution is ready or not.

The easiest way to avoid Flash disruption and beat the last-minute rush for support is to start planning with a solution partner today. Reach out to speak with one of our knowledgeable implementation specialists, and start your path to a Flash-free workplace before it is too late.

Topics: Kronos, Workforce Management, Workforce Trends, Kronos Partner, Adobe Flash, COVID-19, Coronavirus