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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 [...]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: Oracle Solutions|Tags: , , , , , , |

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: , , |

Bots, the Next Step in Customer Service

Have you ever been to a website, randomly clicked around and suddenly a chat window appears offering help? It’s no coincidence. Based on your time and clicks, the website’s chatbot calculated that you were confused, and immediately appeared to offer you to connect to a person . . . who is really a chatbot. This new way of interacting with complex IT solutions is being called conversational User Interface (UI). It provides a natural way of [...]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: Technology and Beyond|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: |

How to deploy Windows 10 utilizing Office 365

Join Sierra Systems on Thursday, February 8th for a complimentary webinar which will teach you how to deploy Windows 10 utilizing Microsoft 365! Microsoft 365 is the platform that brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility Security to enable the modern workplace. Fast and cost-effective deployment of the Microsoft 365 Applications and Windows 10 operating system is at the center of every IT organization looking to optimize their services and focus their [...]

January 25th, 2018|Categories: Microsoft Solutions|Tags: , |

Achievement Unlocked! Microsoft Gold Data Platform Competency

I am over the moon to announce our achievement of the Microsoft Gold Data Platform competency. The Data Platform competency recognizes Microsoft partners that are looking to design and develop powerful and versatile database platforms for their clients businesses. The last 12 months at Sierra Systems has been nothing short of a Data and AI revolution. Along with our achievement of the gold Data Analytics competency just last month, the achievement of the gold Data [...]

January 11th, 2018|Categories: Business Analytics, Microsoft Solutions|Tags: |

Innovation Snake Pit

Sierra Systems has been involved in many transformative and exciting technological innovations throughout 2017, all of them helping to make the world a better place. We invite you to join the inaugural Innovation Snake Pit and cast your vote for the Sierra Systems Innovation of the Year 2017. Join Paul Twigg, Piers Hollott, Cory Frandsen and Michelle O'Keefe as part of the judging panel for the Innovation Snake Pit. Several of our top technology [...]

November 21st, 2017|Categories: Microsoft Solutions|Tags: , , |

Power BI, What’s The Big Deal?

A handful of people have asked me why Microsoft’s Power BI has become so popular in the last year (and a few confidentially asked me what it is). In a nutshell, Power BI a data analytics tool that’s easy to use (especially for Excel users), relatively inexpensive, and allows you to quickly make sharp-looking reports from your browser. That describes what it does, but to explain why a “pretty-looking graph” matters, we need to look [...]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Business Analytics|Tags: , |

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