“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More

What is Salesforce.com?

I find that this kind of defining question seems simple enough, but so many people (even supposed experts) really do not have a grasp of the words they seem to use each day. Words they take for granted. You’d be surprised what kinds of answers I get when I ask people to define the word “shirt”. And you’ll really enjoy watching as I ask them what Google is. Even before the restructuring and introduction of Alphabet, very few people would say (or recognize/internalize) that Google is a company — as opposed a website or search engine — a brand with multiple offerings. In … Read More

M&S Consulting Receives HUBZone Certification from SBA

M&S Consulting is HUBZone Certified

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M&S Consulting Receives HUBZone Certification from SBA June 15, 2016 Morgantown, West Virginia The Small Business Administration (SBA) has certified M&S Consulting as a HUBZone small business effective June 10, 2016. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs by awarding federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small businesses. This enables M&S Consulting to serve more US Government agencies and it allows M&S to continue its efforts in supporting the community by providing professional job opportunities to those who live in underutilized areas. In addition to the HUBZone certification, M&S Consulting is a … Read More

Oracle Helps Simplify Cloud Adoption by Global Corporations


We are thrilled about Oracle’s commitment to “the cloud”. Oracle’s Public Cloud Services (aka “Oracle Cloud”) offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions for a myriad of enterprise challenges. With the large adoption of Oracle On-Prem solutions by enterprise organizations around the world, “Oracle Cloud at Customer” that has been announced today will be able to truly transform the way people work. It reminds us of the promise of Cloud and Hybrid-cloud environments as well as our early prototyping of technologies like OpenStack. It is wonderful to see advancement and competition in the cloud space, especially from a large enterprise player … Read More

Salesforce Lightning Experience Experts and Early Adopters

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While we were at Dreamforce 2015 this year, M&S was given the unique opportunity to see first hand the beautiful new UI released by Salesforce. The new “Lightning Experience” brings a much-needed refresh to the Out-of-Box UI that users of Salesforce have come to know and begrudgingly accept. With its fresh new look, powerful selling tools, and Salesforce1 Mobile readiness, Lightning is the next big enhancement for any CRM user. M&S has already begun enabling and implementing Lightning both internally and for our current Salesforce customers. Let us help you with your CRM needs and integrations, and take you on … Read More

Salesforce.com Gets A New User Experience and New Features in Winter ’16 Release

How salesforce will look with it's new UI on different devices

Despite being such a highly used platform, Salesforce.com’s user interface has been lacking for quite some time. So, we were excited to hear that they are getting a whole new UI starting October 17, 2015 that is a more modern user experience. This update will also have new features designed to help you sell faster, be more productive, and make better decisions.There will be more than 55 re-imagined Sales Cloud pages and 25 completely new features launching with the Winter ’16 release. The Lightning Framework allows developers to build slick UI’s using the Lightning Design System, the Lightning App Builder and … Read More

Explore the Force.com platform with Trailhead

Explore the Force.com platform with Trailhead

Are you a Salesforce.com Administrator, Developer, Solution Architect, or Business Analyst? If you want to learn more about the Force.com platform, explore Trailhead. Trailhead is an innovative way to learn about the Force.com platform — whether you are new to the platform or want to dive deep, you can test your knowledge of the platform while earning points and badges to celebrate your achievements. There are about 18 different modules (as of Apr ’15) you can pick and choose from. Each module consists of different tutorials and challenges. Some important modules are listed below: Force.com Basics Formulas and Validations UI Customization … Read More