Supporting the Roll Out of an Oracle EBS R12 Shared Services Model

A Federal Civilian Agency’s business center was set up as a Federal Shared Services Provider. In September 2014, this Federal Agency was awarded a contract to on-board multiple Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies into their shared Oracle Applications Solution. The first three agencies are scheduled to be on-boarded in a staggered release, over the course of three years.

The main challenge of this project is to meet the client requirements with existing features of the standard Application to the largest extent possible, and avoid the path of “customizations” wherever practical. Avoiding a large scope of customization pays off over time as patches can be applied more readily, vendor support can be leveraged more effectively and upgrades will then be more technical in nature and therefore run more smoothly.

To overcome the challenge, the Prime Integrator for this project turned to The Squires Group, Inc. (TSGi) to deliver a local team of Oracle experts with the knowledge and skills that would be capable of leading all tasks in multiple functional areas.

Sourcing a Director of Administration for a Regional Insurance Company

This regional insurance agency/brokerage firm was searching for a career-minded Director of Administration/Operations professional that was skilled in effectively managing a mid-sized operation. Since this was a key position for this firm, they wanted to bring in this new talent as an employee of their firm.

The additional challenge was the impending retirement of their Vice President of Administration, who had been with this firm for nearly 40 years. The right individual was not only required to have the skills to fill the role of the Director of Administration/ Operations, but also have the character and personality to potentially “fill the shoes” of the retiring VP.

Delivering Ariba Talent to Support a Global Procurement System Roll Out

Our prime integrator partner invited us to assist them in delivering the right talent to support and help upgrade the functionality of the Ariba Requisitioning and Procurement COTS product.

The system currently supports more than 33,000 users across 264 posts and 176 countries. It also accounts for more than $10 billion in annual procurement spent across more than 450,000 transactions. Find out how our team delivered the critical talent to keep the system running smoothly, fix critical production issues, and develop key enhancements.

Expert ERP Resources Building Oracle’s Highest Volume Transaction System

We delivered a proven team of Oracle experts to help develop Oracle’s highest volume transaction system in the world. This project team is comprised of both senior functional and technical resources with expertise in Oracle Federal Financials—all delivered locally from the Mid-Atlantic region which helped the client reduce travel costs associated with a large consulting team. At its peak, we had over 30 consultants that were participating in all aspects of the functional and technical solution.

Identifying a Vulnerability Management Expert

The goals of this program are to: enable creation and sharing of scientific and business knowledge; enhance business adaptability by ensuring that Information and Information technology (I&IT) projects are well managed and are able to respond rapidly to business and research needs; ensure a robust, secure infrastructure; and develop an I&IT capable workforce.  Our senior resource team identified the right talent that had strong experience in Vulnerability Management and had the expertise to scan and remediate web applications and network systems for vulnerabilities prior to said applications and systems going into the production environment.

Java/J2EE Portal Development for an End-to-End Grants Management Solution

The objective of this project was to implement an automated end-to-end grants management solution to support a government agency and its consortium’s members through the implementation of Grant Management business processes and functions. Our team supported multiple aspects of the project, including the following key initiatives during the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) process: Requirements gathering over all three phases of the project; document and code development; Post-production and support for phases I, II and IV after they went live; data conversion and validation; and Oracle Financials and legacy system integration.

Helping our client as they transition from PeopleSoft to Workday

As part of the transition to a SAAS model, our client was looking to add a strong Change Management and Training expert to roll out the full functionality and assist the user base to transition from PeopleSoft to Workday HCM. After the Workday functionality was configured, our client needed a Workday change management and training expert that would help them with the creation of instructional design (using UPerform) and would conduct computer based training in classroom training sessions. TSGi was able to rapidly deliver a local training expert who had over a decade of PeopleSoft HCM training experience particularly in the areas of training analysis, design, development and delivery services.

Assisting our Higher Ed Client in upgrading from PeopleSoft v8.9 to 9.1

A Higher Education University was in the process of upgrading its PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) and Financials from version 8.9 to 9.1 in order to better support their core systems operations. TSGi was tasked with identifying an experienced consultant that would work in a key support role on the Contracts and Grants module upgrade.TSGi identified the right consultant with 14 years’ experience as a Functional PeopleSoft expert and with specific knowledge in the Contracts and Grants modules. Our consultant brought experience leading teams on several 9.1 upgrade projects.

Identifying a Financial Reporting Director for Commercial Clothier Firm

One of the nation’s leading publicly traded retail manufacturers was looking to hire a Director of Financial Reporting who would undertake responsibilities that were spread between the CFO, treasurer, controller and the CFO’s executive assistant. MaryAnn McClayton was able to identify a candidate that had the right mix of experience and talent to do the job. The new employee that was hired was later promoted to CP-Controller within two years.

Supporting our Systems Integration partner assist an Intelligence Agency with their FISCAM Audit Assessment

Our client, a global systems integration firm, was supporting an Intelligence Agency’s System/ Applications Audit and Compliance Team to prepare for a Federal Information Systems Control Audit Manual (FISCAM) assessment and obtain an unqualified audit opinion.  The team’s mission was to ensure effective controls over the Agency’s technical infrastructure and business applications for the production of timely, reliable, and accurate data that can be independently validated and sustained.  TSGi identified an IT Assurance professional with the right education and professional experience mix to support the Intelligence Agency in this effort.