Accellos takes off with ESS system

Growing company makes switch from manual spreadsheets to online automation
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

When Donna Hawkins joined Accellos more than three years ago, the supply chain management company had about 10 employees in the United States and 75 in Canada. Since then, the company, which is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., has grown through acquisitions to about 200 people south of the border and 85 in Canada, with employees in four states and Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

That kind of growth was hard to manage on an Excel spreadsheet, says Hawkins, manager of HR in Markham, Ont. Up to 150 was manageable but as the payroll, accounting and HR departments grew, the system wasn’t working anymore.

“We’d have one hire, one change, and we’d be updating four or five different spreadsheets. The monthly vacation liability report would take me two hours to do,” she says. “Now, I just press a button, it takes me two seconds.”