L&T Deploys Fluous Power Apps For Payroll Processing

by Julia Fernandes    Jan 13, 2005

The country’s engineering giant, Larsen and Toubro Limited has deployed Fluous Power Apps - a suite of workforce management solutions in an effort to create a common platform for managing its payroll processing tasks.

With 45 different payroll processes running across the board month after month payroll processing in L&T was a dreaded task. Every division and subsidiary had to take care of this activity by itself. To counter this problem, the L&T group created an entity called the Shared Services Center (SSC) that would cater to the payroll processing tasks.

Sharing his thoughts to CXOtoday, Vijay Shukla, vice president, Larsen & Toubro Limited, said, “The prime advantage of Shared Services is to have a set of executives who possess domain knowledge in areas of their operations. This leads to employees getting a higher order of service and professional responses to their queries.”

Fluous Power Apps is installed on a central server with restricted access to all employees over the Intranet /Internet, as per the pre-defined roles. The payroll processing is administered from the centralized shared service center.

Designed from scratch, Power Apps serves the complex requirements of large corporations. It not only caters to standard payroll processing, but the rule-based nature eliminates the need for repetitive data entry.

The solution provided a common platform to manage employee benefits across L&T covering monetary as well as non-monetary benefits. The solution facilitates various modes of disbursements of monetary benefits like cheque, cash, payroll, etc.

Since the entire data is centrally located, the solution enables tracking of employee loan liabilities apart from tracking of company assets with employees (car, laptop).

According to Shukla, Fluous Power Apps is currently deployed across 12000 users with plans to add it to some more units in the near future. The solution was implemented in March 2004 in respect of payroll processing for one of L&T’s associate companies. Currently, the solution has been rolled to over seven units, processed by SSC.

The application resides on an Oracle database. At the server level, the OS is Windows 2000, while at the client end it can be either Windows 95/98/2000. Power Apps will also be integrated with various solutions deployed by L&T, such as SAP, Oracle, Baan and other in-house developed products.