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Tamworth, UK, May 26th 2009 – Workforce Management software vendor Crown Computing, in partnership with Logica, has signed an agreement with Ford of Britain to provide a new payroll and time and attendance (T&A) system.

The new system will replace an existing bespoke solution that was ageing and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and administer.

An extensive review of the various systems offered within the UK market was undertaken in January 2007. The process was spearheaded by Ford’s internal procurement team. In August 2008, the company selected Logica to lead the project, with Crown Computing as its preferred T&A vendor.

The deployment of Crown’s Open Options T&A system and Oracle Payroll will be hosted by Logica. The system will run the time and attendance, activity management and payroll administration of 13,000 salaried and hourly-paid employees at numerous Ford of Britain sites around the UK, including: Bridgend, Dagenham, Southampton, Halewood, Dunton and Daventry. It is anticipated that the project will take between 18-20 months to implement, with completion expected around December 2010.

Mike Hawkesford, Managing Director, Crown Computing, expressed his delight at the win: “It is enormously prestigious for Crown to be working with Ford and Logica on this major project. Open Options is very well proven in numerous enterprise-level implementations, so we know it will integrate seamlessly with Oracle Payroll to give Ford a comprehensive and very cost-effective solution. Working closely with Logica, we are both confident we will provide Ford with a high-performance system from which the company will derive a substantial return on investment.”

About Crown Computing

Established in 1987, originally to develop and market application solutions on IBM mainframe and AS/400 platforms, by the early 1990s Crown Computing had achieved clear market leadership in attendance recording and time management systems, primarily in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Today, Crown is the UK's leading supplier of workforce planning and time administration solutions for medium-to-large organisations in both the private and public sectors. The company’s experience in time and attendance and the broader aspects of employee management and time accounting applications is exceptional and this is reflected in its client base, which includes such major organisations as BAE Systems, several large Police Forces, Christian Salvesen PLC, ITN and numerous large UK local authorities.

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Marketing Manager, Crown Computing
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