This month we’d like to introduce you to Chief Information Officer (CIO), Jeff Oki. Jeff oversees the IT department and has been a valued member of the ALTRES team for over 25 years. Jeff assisted in developing HR Symphony; simplicityHR’s premier payroll and HR information system for Hawaii employers. His extensive technical knowledge and skills make him an asset not only to those he works alongside, but more importantly, to the clients we serve.
Tell us a little about yourself
I was born in Yokohama, Japan but I have lived in Hawaii for most of my life. I have an Associate’s degree in Business Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Hawaii. Originally my goal was to become a CPA but that quickly changed when I became a consultant for businesses installing IBM solutions. Since then, I have developed solutions for many vertical markets including retail, medical, legal, and construction. I have well over 30 years of experience designing and developing technology solutions for businesses in Hawaii and on the mainland.
What is your role at ALTRES? Describe a typical day on the job.
When I first joined ALTRES back in 1994, there were only 3 people in the IT Department including myself. Today, as CIO, I oversee 40 professionals who are responsible for the technology infrastructure of the company along with our cloud based HRIS solution that services well over a thousand customers. If I were to describe my typical day, it would consist of meetings, research, planning, decisions, and then back to more meetings. In addition, I provide development support for my teams and create solutions for operations and customers. I am also a member of the executive team whose duties include strategic planning, policy setting, and financial reviews.
How can HRIS benefit Hawaii businesses?
We designed HR Symphony (HRIS) with Hawaii businesses in mind yet capable of competing with national vendors. It’s a testimony of to the talent we have here at ALTRES. You don’t have to go to the mainland to get the features you’re looking for; we have those features and more right here in Hawaii. HR Symphony is built from the ground up and is by far one of the easiest and most integrated HRIS systems to use. It is simple, effective, and at the same time—dynamic. It provides clients and employees 24/7 access to metrics, reports, benefits, and pay information using any consumer device.
What sets ALTRES apart from others in the industry?
Without a doubt, it is our people that set us apart – they are the ones who lead and innovate. To work here at ALTRES, you have to embrace our core values and have a passion and drive to make a difference for our customers and employees.
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