A mid-sized federal government contracting company had been using Oracle E-Business Suite for many years. The good news for the company was that it had experienced monumental growth and opened new business lines. The bad news was that their Oracle environment had accumulated a lot of deferred maintenance and was an out-of-date version which could lead to Oracle desupport, risking their government compliance and contracts. In addition, with their changing business models, the system needed new functionality which required additional Oracle modules. They needed to find a competent partner, quickly. …documentation was sparse, despite heavy customization, and high turnover meant … Read More
Struggling to build an SAP BRIM team?
In previous articles, we described some of the business challenges our client had faced while implementing SAP BRIM to manage billing and invoicing for their media sales business. Now, let’s focus on what is likely your greatest challenge: building the right team. We were able to build a team with the right amount of industry knowledge, SAP BRIM experience, and strong project leadership in a short amount of time. Previous firms had been unsuccessful in their implementation efforts in large part due to their inability to build quality teams. Our success in other areas of their business gave our client … Read More
M&S Consulting has achieved Silver Solution and Verified Government Partner status with Atlassian
MORGANTOWN, WV – M&S Consulting, an enterprise shared services and cloud systems integrator has achieved the Silver Solution and Verified Government Partner status with Atlassian, a leading provider of collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. Since 2002, M&S has been delivering premier enterprise consulting solutions in commercial, government, and higher education. Now, they bring their proven expertise in DevOps, Agile, and ITSM, to continue advancing the power of collaboration through leading products including Jira, Jira Service Management, Confluence, Bitbucket, and more. We also bring critically important experience and expertise from building productive, effective, happy project teams for many … Read More
CMMC for DoD Contractors and Suppliers: A Primer
Much like most operating programs/projects/entities within the Department of Defense (DoD) enforce the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Risk Management Framework (RMF – NIST Special Publication 800-53), the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the DoD’s attempt at commonly securing and documenting the cyber controls of it’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Following repeated cyberattacks on the DIB, the DoD decided to enforce standards and checks on its contractors and its periphery, much like any program operating on a US Government system. Particularly DIB’s with the following information stored or accessible across that entity’s systems. Beyond that, it … Read More
Selecting the Best Cloud Option for an Oracle E-Business Suite Migration
A nation-wide professional services company was running an on-prem version of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Financials and Projects and needed an unbiased evaluation as their hardware aged, support costs began to increase as relative performance decreased. Like many other companies, they began to explore moving to the cloud, but they were unsure how to choose from the wide range of cloud options with licensing and compliance implications to consider. Our team evaluated hosting Oracle EBS on AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). After careful evaluation, OCI provided the best combination of low total cost of ownership, flexibility, and … Read More
Growing Orthopedic Institute Gains Modernization, Security, and Flexibility through Migrating to the AWS Cloud
The Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio (OIO) faced the challenge of refreshing legacy hardware while planning for the increase in capacity of several upcoming acquisitions. To solve these challenges, OIO asked M&S Consulting to evaluate and create a strategy for its cloud alternative. We recommended Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a good fit for their needs and provided a strategy that would migrate over 90% of their servers to the cloud. The primary business applications for OIO are Patient Electronic Medical Records and Imaging solutions which are vital to the success of treatment. To support migrations, we created a set of … Read More
What Do SAP, Salesforce, and Solar Have in Common?
A large, publicly-traded solar power company used Salesforce to track sales activities and SAP for billing and other finance-related functions. Each of these systems performed their respective functions effectively; however, our customer believed that sharing information between systems could greatly improve efficiency with new customer deployments and internal processes. They called on us to help advise them and implement a new integration. Our team focused first and foremost on the business needs. Many data integration projects fail to deliver returns because they focus on tools and tech at the expense of the business drivers. Once requirements were fully understood, we … Read More
Accounting vs Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software
Today, businesses have to manage multiple types of data from multiple sources, all while managing a myriad of business processes. To meet these challenges, businesses rely on software to support their accounting and process requirements. In this article we will discuss the differences between software choices; specifically, Accounting software and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, as well as how this relates to the difference between “reporting” and “analytics”. Accounting software simply provides core financial information; basically, a snapshot of “what happened”. This software is tailored specifically for accounting, to be used by the Accounting and Finance departments. Enterprise Resource Planning … Read More