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Atlas Business Solutions Develops Staff Scheduling Software for Lathem Time

FARGO, ND - April 25, 2003 - Atlas Business Solutions Inc., a leading provider of small business software, announced today they have developed a staff scheduling solution for Lathem Time Corporation, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of time and attendance products for small businesses. Lathem Time has named the new software line ShiftPlan™, which will consist of EZ and PRO versions. ShiftPlan EZ is now available and ShiftPlan PRO is scheduled for release this summer. ShiftPlan is based on the #1-selling staff scheduling software titles, Visual Staff Scheduler® and Visual Staff Scheduler Pro.

ShiftPlan, which integrates with Lathem's PayClock EZ and Intuit's QuickBooks® Pro and Premier, is an easy-to-use scheduling system that allows users to create staff schedules in seconds and help avoid scheduling conflicts. It helps users produce a variety of schedules and reports, all while making sure the right people are scheduled. With ShiftPlan, users can schedule staff weeks, months, or an even year in advance, which allows for better planning and helps eliminate staff shortages. It also gives users the power to:

  • Produce clean, professional looking schedules
  • Schedule by department or position
  • Improve scheduling accuracy
  • Create scheduled-to-actual and tardy reports
  • Analyze employee punch trends to help reduce overtime pay and payroll costs
  • Eliminate redundant data entry
  • Save time

"Staff scheduling is one of the most time consuming and difficult tasks managers face today," said Jon Forknell, vice president and general manager for Atlas Business Solutions. "ShiftPlan will not only save users time by helping them create their schedules, it unites employee schedules with actual time worked in order for users to better manage staffing and payroll issues."

ShiftPlan allows users to create professional schedules and reports to distribute to all of their employees. Employee names can be entered manually or automatically imported from PayClock EZ or QuickBooks Pro/Premier Editions 2003. Once employee names are in ShiftPlan, the user defines shifts and builds employee schedules.

"When you combine the individual needs of employees with the need to have the right skills and coverage in the work environment, scheduling can be very complex, even for small businesses," said Philip Seagraves, director of business development for Lathem Time. "ShiftPlan makes managing employee schedules simple and efficient by putting a visual tool in the hands of managers that allows them to actually plan work schedules in advance and print schedules for groups or individuals."

About Lathem Time Corporation

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Lathem Time is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of time and attendance products for small businesses. The company specializes in mechanical and automated employee time and attendance-tracking systems, including the #1-selling automated system for small business, PayClock EZ. Other products include time clocks, data collection terminals, software, and synchronized wall clocks.

About ABS

Atlas Business Solutions, Inc. (ABS) is a leading provider of easy-to-learn, easy-to-use, and affordable business software. Since 1991, ABS has helped customers directly reduce costs, save time and streamline business processes by providing employee scheduling software, human resource software, appointment scheduling software, and business plan software. ABS was named one of Software Magazine's Top 500 Software Companies in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and again in 2010. ABS software titles include: Client Appointment Manager, Customer Appointment Manager®, HR Document Maker, Patient Appointment Manager, ScheduleAnywhere®, ScheduleBase®, Staff Files®, Ultimate Business Planner®, Ultimate Financial Forecaster®, and Visual Staff Scheduler® Pro.

Customer Appointment Manager, ScheduleAnywhere, Staff Files, Ultimate Business Planner, Ultimate Financial Forecaster, and Visual Staff Scheduler are reigstered trademarks of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.