Wednesday, July 25, 2007

HRMS Solutions Announces the Release of Abra SQL Connect for Deltek Vision

HRMS Solutions Announces the Release of Abra SQL Connect for Deltek Vision: "District of Columbia (PRWEB) July 25, 2007 -- HRMS Solutions, Inc, a national provider of Human Resources Software and total workforce management solutions announces the availability of Abra SQL Connect for Deltek Vision.

Abra SQL Connect is a software module designed specifically to relieve the burden of maintaining employee information between Sage Abra v8.2 and Deltek Vision. This software module eliminates duplicate data entry and creates seamless integration between Abra and Deltek Vision."

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Taming Complexity with CONTROL - DMReview

DMReview has a review for a budgeting/forecasting system used with a Costpoint general ledger. The reviewer is Wallace D'Souza, deputy director for MDRC. I have known Wallace for many years now and can pass on his contact information if anybody is interested in learning more about their implementation.

Taming Complexity with CONTROL - DMReview: "REVIEWER: Wallace D'Souza, deputy director for MDRC.

BACKGROUND: Headquartered in New York City, with a regional office in Oakland, California, MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization with more than 30 years of experience. MDRC is dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Through our research and the active communication of our findings, we seek to enhance the effectiveness of social policies and programs.

HARDWARE PLATFORMS: Oracle platform and Deltek's Costpoint GL suite.

PROBLEM SOLVED: We wanted to support a complex budgeting process for the projects we conduct. Our projects are funded by a mix of federal and state agencies and foundations. Each of the agreements - both grants and contracts - have specific terms and conditions, some unique to each agreement, including reporting by fiscal years that have different beginning and ending months. Reporting timelines also vary and add to the complexity of managing the information. We typically manage approximately 70 projects at any point in time, and each project can have as many as 15 to 20 funding sources...

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: CONTROL is used to support our complex budgeting, project planning and resource planning/management processes.

STRENGTHS: One of the prime benefits of CONTROL is ease of use. It looks and feels exactly like Excel, which our employees were accustomed to using. Second, it is flexible and scalable. Third, custom reports are easy to design and maintain. Moreover, the capabilities are robust, enabling us to do extremely detailed budgeting as well as generate staff deployment and billings reports."

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QlikView Unleashes "The Art of the Possible" - DMReview

New business intelligence vendor Qliktech has an online product review posted by Steve Hunt, CIO of SI International, Inc at DMReview. You can watch an introduction to their BI platform here.

QlikView stores all data in memory for speed and on-the-fly calculation of all metrics and summaries.

Here are some extracts from the review:

QlikView Unleashes "The Art of the Possible" - DMReview:

"SI International is ranked as the 40th largest federal prime IT contractor by Washington Technology and has approximately 4,300 employees.

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: SI International built QlikView applications for revenue/expense, labor utilization and customer-support reporting. QlikView provides dashboard views and detailed analysis of more than 1.4 million rows of financial data and another 1.1 million rows of labor utilization data. Updated data is extracted weekly from the Deltek Costpoint system and cross-referenced with data from other corporate systems. End users can examine results from millions of rows of data with a few mouse clicks. Year-over-year trend data became available for the first time, as did new insights into information by drilling down to virtually any level of detail. QlikView is also being applied to streamline time-consuming monthly operating reports (MORs), which managers previously had to prepare manually from the Deltek Costpoint system, multiple Excel spreadsheets and contract system reports. Replacing the manual procedures will collectively save the company thousands of hours every month... With Microsoft SharePoint as SI International's core collaboration platform, QlikView reporting is just a click away using a standard SharePoint Web Part

SELECTION CRITERIA: For internal use, SI International considered several traditional BI products but could not justify the higher cost of implementation and maintenance. One executive from SI International downloaded a trial version of QlikView, spent a couple of hours learning the basics and, in less than three hours, built a QlikView application that analyzed data previously hidden in more than a dozen spreadsheets. That success was sufficient to justify additional assessments. In only three days, QlikTech built three proof-of-concept applications using SI International data and convinced any remaining skeptics. Company executives quickly agreed to proceed with QlikView."

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