Bahamian firm develops HR, payroll software for CBS

Bahamian development firm Plato Alpha has snagged Commonwealth Building Supplies (CBS) as a customer for its proprietary TriblockHR human resources (HR) and payroll system, according to a statement on the contract.

The system will be used by CBS to automate tasks performed by HR and its payroll departments, “drastically reducing the time and effort spent performing repetitive duties”.

CBS’ Manager of E-commerce Brent Burrows II said the company found it difficult to keep up with its employees across all of its divisions, which made the implementation of TriblockHR necessary.

“TriblockHR provided us with an all-in-one solution that ticked many boxes. From payroll to employee self-service, benefits, and everything else we needed to take our business to the next level,” said Burrows.

TriblockHR co-developer and Plato Alpha Chief Executive Officer Duran Humes said in the statement that CBS managed its dozens of employees through an Excel spreadsheet before implementing TriblockHR.

“After determining the specific processes they wanted to automate, we tailored our product TriblockHR into a custom solution that automated many of the manual HR and payroll work they usually performed,” said Humes.

The statement added: “CBS’ new payroll platform eliminates the need to input and reconcile data in multiple spreadsheets and systems, in addition to a laundry list of other benefits.

“One standout benefit is the reduced time and effort needed for CBS to satisfy its National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions, as TriblockHR features a module to calculate both employee deductions and corporate NIB contributions.

“TriblockHR’s reporting and analytics capabilities and employee data-entry components are two key features that set it apart from other payroll and HR systems.

According to Humes, CBS is also able to manage its external time clock system to track employee hours, and CBS employees can request time off and communicate with HR and executives through a chat component in the system.

TriblockHR co-developer and Plato Alpha’s Chief Operations Officer Keith Roye II said the CBS project aligned with his company’s mission to provide cutting-edge, high-quality software solutions.

“One of the things they wanted was an integrated accounting file, so we made it possible for all of their payroll data to be easily imported into their accounting software,” said Roye.

“We also included performance management and recruitment modules to enable CBS to conduct company-wide performance reviews and manage candidates applying for a job.”

As reported by this paper, Plato Alpha also designed and developed systems for other entities, including Doctors Hospital, Super Value, the Rotary Clubs, and the Bahamas government.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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