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Sierra Systems Consortium Digital Policing Platform in Canada

Sierra Systems’ Justice and Public Safety (JPS) practice has brought innovative solutions to Canada’s emergency management, police, prosecution, courts, and corrections sectors for more than 25 years. This past year, we have been proud to work with IBM and Genus Technologies in bringing the latest in digital evidence management to the Edmonton Police Service. Once live, this digital evidence management system will be a leader in enterprise digital policing platform in Canada. Built on integration [...]

October 12th, 2018|Categories: Business Analytics, Technology and Beyond|Tags: , , , |

How Organizations are Leveraging Microsoft Dynamics 365 to Digitally Transform & Achieve Intelligent Business Applications

Authored by Warren Shiau, Vice President Buyer Insights and Analytics, IDC Digital transformation discussions, like many other technology-related business “hot” topics, can get overly complicated. An effective way to think about digital transformation is simplifying it: how can you use digital technologies to change the way you do business? And if you’re going to change the way you do business what do you need to analyze and evaluate, and then modify, enhance or change? [...]

5 C’s of Innovation

With the focus the technology industry has had on innovation recently, a common recurring business theme is now simmering to the top that innovation must have value. The sheer capability and elasticity of large cloud compute has enabled many technologies, such as machine learning, to rise to the forefront of enablement within an organization’s IT, but at what cost? When you are focusing on innovation, consider the 5 C’s of Innovation that determine value: Compute: [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: Technology and Beyond|

Webinar Series: Cloud Awareness

Information to Help You Achieve Successful Cloud Adoption Strengthen your business understanding of the different cloud solutions available, along with the associated benefits and issues, considerations, concerns, and opportunities of each. From a brief introduction on what cloud solutions are all about, Sierra’s cloud experts explain the different types of cloud offerings, such as IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, as well as the major players, before tackling common cloud topics: privacy and security considerations in the [...]

August 21st, 2018|Categories: Cloud, Technology and Beyond|Tags: , , |

Customer Success Video: Low-cost facial recognition and machine learning

Check out our latest video to learn how the Calgary Drop-In Centre and Sierra Systems implemented a low-cost facial recognition program to ensure the safety and security of the facility, its residents, and its staff.       To learn about this project, which was a Microsoft Impact Award Finalist for Citizenship and Community, check out our case study.

July 18th, 2018|Categories: Microsoft Solutions, Technology and Beyond|

Oracle PeopleSoft Fluid is better than sliced bread. Really.

Original article from Sierra Systems’ US Affiliate, Sierra-Cedar Inc. Oracle PeopleSoft Fluid is better than sliced bread. Really. by Richard George If you’ve made the move to Fluid, the rest of this blog will just make you smug. For those who haven’t moved to the latest PeopleSoft user interface, let me provide you with both practical reasons and financial reasons on why you’d want to update your PeopleSoft to a modern user interface (UI). The [...]

PeopleSoft Commitment – Indefinitely, That’s Definite!

Original article from Sierra Systems’ US Affiliate, Sierra-Cedar Inc. PeopleSoft Commitment – Indefinitely, That’s Definite! by Richard George Recently, I met with Marc Weintraub from Oracle to discuss some ideas that may not be crystal clear to PeopleSoft customers or the public at large. At the top of our list was, “What did Oracle mean when it said, ‘Oracle is fully committed to supporting and investing in its PeopleSoft solutions indefinitely’?” 1 That’s a long [...]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Oracle Solutions|Tags: , , |

Estimating and Managing Time & Material (T&M) Projects

We all need to have a more rigorous outlook when managing T&M projects. Even though, by definition, T&M projects pay hourly for the work completed, we owe it to our clients to manage the project to the best of our abilities and keep them informed of progress. T&M projects are paid on an hourly basis for all work provided, consulting services or work towards a specific deliverable. T&M projects can be straight T&M (all work [...]

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Project Managment|

Hosting PeopleSoft in the Cloud

Original article from Sierra Systems’ US Affiliate, Sierra-Cedar Inc. Hosting PeopleSoft in the Cloud by Richard George There is some uncertainty about what it means to move PeopleSoft “to the Cloud.” The simplest description is running your PeopleSoft system outside of your facility—in someone else’s facility. There are many options available. There are options regarding what you are responsible for and what the vendor is responsible for (e.g. patching SW, security, where/what country you want [...]

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies in 2018: A to Z

Are you excited about disruptive technologies? What about modern web development, application development in the cloud, machine learning or task automation? Modern application development can be complex, and requires a good understanding of a lot of technologies and terminology. How do you separate the current fad from the language of the future, while contending with AI, Blockchain, Chatbots and DevOps? Join a panel of Sierra Systems experts for our 3rd Annual Technology A to [...]

Webinar: Migrating your Collaboration Tools to Office 365

Understand how the Office 365 collaboration tools work together Moving from an on-premises version of SharePoint to Office 365 isn’t as easy as just moving the content. You must consider current SharePoint customizations, application modernization, new functionality in SharePoint and Office 365 as well as new patterns and practices for managing how SharePoint, Teams and OneDrive all work together. Third party tools will assist a migration, but never provide a silver bullet to make [...]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Microsoft Solutions|Tags: , , |

Enabling Business Users to Refresh Cubes/Data Warehouse or Run ETL Jobs via SSRS

So you’ve spent weeks or months building a data platform and pipeline and then the finance team wants to manually refresh data because its month or year end. If your refresh jobs live in SQL Server Agent, then you’re in a pickle because you don’t want to grant them permissions on a production SQL instance or have them install SQL Management Studio. In this case SSRS can come to the rescue! Create a simple report [...]

April 11th, 2018|Categories: Microsoft Solutions|Tags: , , |

Motivate Your Methodology

Are your stakeholder interactions important enough for you to notice? Sierra has a history of delivering projects and services at the regional, jurisdictional and federal level. As your problem-space increases, you may experience a challenge to identify how big your problem-space is and how it affects the people you support. As a system owner or business leader, we can support you to never lose sight of the pain points through improvements in service management, [...]

March 13th, 2018|Categories: IT Service Management|Tags: , |

My Blockchain Life

Bridging the gap between new technologies and their integration into business is a hallmark of Sierra Systems’ consulting services. As a technological leader and blockchain enthusiast, Sierra Systems’ VP Ken Akerley is a key player in helping envision subtle revolutions in IT, providing a glimpse of the potential future of work. . . It’s the spring of 2023 and my long-awaited trip to southeast Asia is finally here. This is going to be awesome. And [...]

February 16th, 2018|Categories: Technology and Beyond|Tags: |

Data Visualization Best Practices Using Power BI

With the proliferation of data, it is more important than ever to visualize data the right way to get the information you need and to tell the right story.  It is easy to pick the wrong visual, an incorrect layout, or a poor navigation structure that will cause the audience to not make a correct and timely decision. Microsoft's Power BI is a modern analytic tool used to visualize data and share insights. In [...]

February 16th, 2018|Categories: Business Analytics|Tags: |

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