Monitoring Employee Productivity and Welfare

Jimmy LutzBig Data & BI, Business Strategy, Problem Solved, SalesforceLeave a Comment

reporting on employee well-being

During normal operations, a mid-sized consulting firm needs to track and report on several different parameters regarding their employees. The disparate data on employees reside in several different systems, making access, and review a time-consuming process. As the COVID-19 event unfolds, the company’s managers find themselves needing more data points for evaluating and monitoring employee productivity, morale, and efficiency. Several new fields are added to the various systems, many of which will remain after the pandemic is resolved. While this provided useful data points, it exacerbated the challenge of having multiple systems. Using a tool that we created, our team … Read More

Thank you for joining the 2020 work-from-home experiment (whether you wanted to or not)

Brandon JonesBusiness Strategy, Cloud and Virtualization, Identity & Access Management, Industry Trends, OfferingsLeave a Comment

work from home experiment made easier with help from M&S Consulting

You already know the situation we’re in: we have all been plunged into the world’s largest work-from-home (WFH) experiment with very little time to adapt. This grand experiment has changed the rules for almost every working situation. Workers and companies that already had the ability for effective remote work are finding new challenges, now that seemingly everyone has joined the party. We have been refining the way our company works remotely since we began in 2002. Knowing how to get started, what’s important, and having the ability to reduce friction for your workforce will help you navigate through this time … Read More

The Big Shift: Converting Academia to Online Education

Brandon JonesBusiness Strategy, Higher Education, OfferingsLeave a Comment

M&S Consulting can help navigate the move to online learning

Higher education institutions have shuttered doors and shifted to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Although students and parents will give most institutions a pass for this semester’s technological struggles, discontent will become increasingly vocalized as new, fully online sessions begin. Meanwhile, instructors that are struggling to effectively migrate their content to a usable online format likely will not have time to focus on pedagogy, leading to dissatisfied students and instructors, resulting in attrition among both, and ultimately impacting an institution’s livelihood. The success or struggle of many academic institutions in the wake of COVID-19 may depend … Read More

Quote to Cash (Q2C): 3 Ways to Move Your Business Forward

Becky WillisBusiness Strategy, Industry Trends, Offerings, Salesforce, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

move your business forward with Q2C

Quote to Cash (Q2C) touches multiple business departments and potential multiple technologies. Businesses that are looking for ways to support current state and growth are hungry for the solutions for their Q2C challenges. We believe that by partnering with a strategic partner who is willing to help you define your current state, tie your Q2C goals to business objectives, and measure ROI, you can seamlessly move your business forward in your Q2C journey. Define Q2C Current State Finding the solutions for your Q2C challenges is going to require looking at the process, product, people, and technology. It is important for … Read More

Growing Orthopedic Institute Gains Modernization, Security, and Flexibility through Migrating to the AWS Cloud

Brandon JonesBusiness Strategy, Case Studies, Cloud and Virtualization, OfferingsLeave a Comment

Healthcare lift and shift to AWS

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

Develop a Better Data Sharing and Integration Strategy

Brandon JonesBig Data & BI, Business Strategy, Higher Education, OfferingsLeave a Comment

Build a better data integration and sharing strategy

Today’s higher education institutions are facing a multitude of challenges around data analysis, security, and increasingly hybrid architectures. The issue of how to balance ongoing security challenges while connecting cloud and on-premises applications is common across institutions. These challenges may lead many organizations to develop an integration strategy to help in the alignment of these increasingly complex architectures. However, limiting the focus to only integrations can become overly technically focused. Instead of developing an integration strategy, institutions should instead take a holistic approach to data sharing and develop an information strategy.  As information is a valuable asset for organizations and … Read More

Taking Advantage of Our Higher Education AWS Standard Plays (Begin Your Journey to the Cloud)

Brandon JonesBusiness Strategy, Cloud and Virtualization, Higher Education, Identity & Access Management, News and Updates, OfferingsLeave a Comment

M&S helps direct you on your journey to the cloud

Is your institution moving to the cloud? Are you adopting a cloud strategy, such as Cloud First, where the institution takes the plunge and jumps in with both feet, or perhaps an Opportunistic Cloud or Experimental Cloud strategy where they test the waters with select projects? Perhaps your institution has instead elected to stay out of the cloud entirely and to simply watch from a distance. Each of these strategies can be appropriate in the right context, but adopting a cloud strategy that works for your institution should be a priority. With any of these strategies, you need to ensure … Read More

What is RPA (Robotics Process Automation)?

Brandon JonesBusiness Strategy, Offerings, Technical TipsLeave a Comment

What is RPA? Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a productivity tool/software technology that enables organizations to automate manual tasks, helping to create efficiencies, freeing up resources from dull, repetitive work to concentrate on other more complex tasks and increasing productivity. RPA exceptionally well suited for high volume, repetitive, rule-based tasks with limited need for human intervention. Depending on the RPA vendor, RPA automation scripts are referred to as robots or “BOTs”, or a “BOT” is the one executing the RPA automation scripts. For large volume processes, there can be multiple BOTs executing an automation script. For low volume processes, one … Read More