If you require an open and flexible HR database that can easily be integrated into other applications and processes, then Ascentis Integration Services (AIS) provides the ideal solution. Because Ascentis HR serves as the system-of-record for all HR data, AIS can be used to integrate it with other applications so that you maintain a single point of data entry, ensuring greater efficiency and data integrity. Ascentis offers a variety of integration options and tools including pre-built connectors to leading payroll providers, a robust web services API to retrieve data, and full integration development outsourcing if your organization needs comprehensive support:
Ascentis offers a growing list of pre-built connectors from our HR solution to leading payroll providers, job boards and more. Our pre-built connectors are unified within our solutions so that you can monitor and manage your connector without any technical assistance. A Wizard-driven interface makes it easy to map and transfer data. Ascentis offers pre-built payroll connectors from Ascentis HR to several popular payroll systems:
Have a web services guru on staff? Our clients have programmatic access to their HR data so they can build their own connectors through a simple, predictable programming interface that supports JSON and XML. Developer support is also available with this option.
Licensed clients on Ascentis HR v8.3.1or higher can setup API access by setting up an authentication database and client alias. Professional Services can be purchased to perform these steps. Requirements include:
- ASP.NET 3.5 or higher
- IIS 5.1 or higher
- ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0 (included with Ascentis Self-Service)
- A SSL certificate to be used with the self-service website (if one has not been purchased)
- Ascentis Advanced Security Setup – This entails the creation of a separate authentication database, encryption of database connection strings, creation of an impersonation account to be used by IIS and some additional configuration. Ascentis offers Professional Services to complete this step.
When you outsource the integration process to us, we take care of all the technological and business requirements inherent in developing a strong integration. Below are the steps we take in order to build a connector.
Reviewing Data Import Specifications
Applications generally have criteria for data formats they accept. Reviewing these criteria can be a cumbersome task as the criteria is often times written for a technical audience. In addition, the reviewer must be familiar with the data structure in both applications and be able to identify areas of overlap. Our integration specialists have experience with this process and will work with you to make recommendations of which data sets to share between HR and other business applications.
Mapping and Transforming Data
Once the data to transfer from HR to the other application(s) are determined, it must be retrieved from HR and re-formatted to meet the other application’s data format requirements. We have built tools to allow us to easily retrieve data from HR, transform it to the import specifications of your business application, and map those values that do not directly correspond to each other.
Because HR stores sensitive and confidential data, data security is of the utmost importance. Ascentis Hosted HR data resides in SSAE-16 (formerly SAS70 Type II) audited datacenters, ensuring that security and disaster recovery scenarios are identified and accounted for. We retrieve data across a secure (SSL) 128-bit encrypted connection, while performing the data re-formatting and mapping steps within our datacenters. Once the data are ready for delivery, we ensure that it is delivered in a secure method.