Enterprise Systems Consulting Services
KasSys® professional services team has several years of experience implementing enterprise solutions. Our team is composed of skilled professionals including Management Consultants, Business Subject Matter Experts, and System Engineers.
Our methodologies and tools are just what you need to ensure that your project is delivered on time and on budget. Our team is focused on maximizing your “Return on Investment” (ROI).
Application Enhancement Services
Almost all systems implementation projects would end up in requiring some form of a need for either Enhancements or customizations to fill a certain “Gap”. The differentiating factor among most service providers in the technology sector is the “Depth of knowledge and the speed of delivery of solutions to these Gaps as they arise.”
You can fully and easily depend on us to deliver on all your needs, whether it is a small tweak or a full fledged development requirement, our team of experts are well versed and fully equipped to deliver on time and way under budget.
Data Extraction reporting and Analytics services
As a full service provider of ERP and ERM services, KasSys® helps organizations achieve a Service-Oriented Architecture and we have been working closely with CRYSTAL SOLUTIONS, XML Publisher and Fusion Middleware since their early releases. helping organizations cut costs, increase productivity, and lower the total cost of ownership of r ERP systems.
We get you to the right Information and the right solution.
KasSys® was founded on the idea that organizations like yours are looking for an experienced partner - with both applications and technical expertise - to help them harness the power of automated systems for business advantage. A partner with a small focused team that can help a company be in the right place at the right time in the dynamic maelstrom of technology.
Our goal isn't to be the biggest consulting firm in the business. Rather, it is to consistently achieve excellent results for our customers. Results that include working with our customers' teams to install new systems that improve and streamline operations for increased cost effectiveness and overall efficiency.
Our approach isn't rigid, nor is it overly complex. It is based on an understanding of the critical success factors that are driving our customers to upgrade and integrate all their information systems. On every engagement - to implement new systems, integrate whole suites of information products or interface critical legacy systems - we apply our knowledge and experience to configure systems that fully support your business.
Starting with the premise that implementation is a collaborative process, we then break it down into clear and manageable steps that are supported by detailed tasks assigned to members of the joint team. Since KasSys® professionals are specialists in multiple disciplines, we can provide you with the most highly qualified resources in the industry. We take responsibility for your success.
KasSys® is there to help
KasSys® understands the marketplace transformations that have swept us into the new century. Emphasis on financial reporting has become true financial decision-making; customer service is now the operative difference in outpacing your competition, connectivity and integration are the basis for success in the next decade. Sound decisions made in today's global, fast-paced market require on-demand, accurate information, delivered in "Internet time"; information that we can deliver with today's systems as an intrinsic part of your business process. Together, we can derive maximum benefit from your ROSS™ system, reducing total cost of ownership.
Scaling the solution to the business need is key. By understanding your motivating factors in committing to solutions that facilitate business process improvement, we contribute to your success.
KasSys® plans your project with you. Depending on your specific needs, we select experts in project definition disciplines who help transform your strategies into operational plans. And by identifying and quantifying project drivers--those factors that determine the size, duration, and complexity of the project--we can mutually commit the right resources at the right time and help you deliver clear value from your investment. In addition to overseeing the project, our teams not only focus on your people, but appreciate what makes your company unique and competitive.
Your Project Team
Your KasSys® project team includes senior application consultants who know how to design and configure the system to comply with your project drivers. Our extensive experience in translating business solutions into system solutions greatly reduces the effort needed to make those upfront, critical decisions.
KasSys®’s technical assistance is delivered by individuals who understand how applications work. They understand hardware architecture, and network architecture, as well as data hardware. The complex interrelationship of these resources necessitates a single, coordinated effort by people in the know. We bring with us KasSys®-developed tools and templates that have been used successfully in over 50 system installations to expedite what can be a challenging task to the inexperienced.
The project team is always composed of KasSys® professional consultants who have successfully implemented financial, distribution, Manufacturing, CRM and Professional Services Automation in similar organizations. People who understand unique reporting requirements, systems supporting customer service, best business practices in materials management, and change management to effectively deploy the new information systems technology. People who understand providing quality as a fact within established guidelines and timeframes.
Our group offers a full range of skills and services which can cover every element of your ERP or SCM project. Our professionals have been successful applying all these services both in concert as full implementation partners, and individually as technical or functional experts filling a skill gap on a project team.
. Project Planning
. Business Process Analysis
. Application Configuration
. Modification and Development
. Workflow Development
. Web Technology
. External Interfaces
. Change Control
. Reporting and building Reports and Analytic tools
. Installations and Upgrades
. De-bugging and Fix Application
KasSys® works with its customers to plan their information systems projects. Whether the project is an implementation, upgrade, development, or analysis effort, KasSys® will add value to the process. The KasSys® Group's involvement can range from fully developing & administering a project plan, to simply advising and offering reasonability checks to a plan otherwise developed. Consider the following points.
KasSys® Group associates have experience working with a variety of ERP implementation project plans including Deloitte Consulting's "Fast Track", Ross's "Front Runner® Methodology", and our own KAST Tool Kit", as well as numerous other customized implementation methodologies.
KasSys® Group associates have experience developing custom project plans by working with customer's individual needs. KasSys® can bring a project plan skeleton to an engagement and work with you to develop a plan which satisfies your unique requirements.
KasSys® believes that project plans are an absolute necessity for any information system project. A properly developed and administered project plan can provide direction and established priorities, dependencies, time frames, and intermediate goals. However, KasSys® also recognizes that a project can be over planned. Often project plans are maintained at too detailed a level and maintaining the plan becomes a higher priority than achieving the goals prescribed within. KasSys® will find the balance that will make your project successful.Business
KasSys® Group associates recognize that an ERP software implementation presents a tremendous opportunity for business re-engineering. The change associated with moving from a legacy system to a new ERP package, or even upgrading to a newer product release can be the catalyst for improving business processes. This can take the form of a complete process re-design or mapping business processes to take advantage of the best practices imbedded in the software. KasSys® can work with you to perform a business process evaluation. The goal of this analysis is to develop efficient business processes which fulfill the objectives of the organization and utilize the power of the software.
KasSys® can work with your firm in executing a Business Process Analysis that includes:
- "As-Is" documentation and analysis
- Functional requirements gathering
- "To-Be" process flow development and Workflow Analysis
- Fit/Gap Analysis of Applications
KasSys® will work with customers to develop an appropriate application configuration and to define the "Control Data" required to run the system. KasSys® Group associates have an excellent track record of working with users to configure ROSS so that the software meets the business' needs.
Currently, The KasSys® Group's configuration expertise resides within the following ROSS Applications:
- ROSS Accounts Receivable
- ROSS Asset Management
- ROSS General Ledger
- ROSS SCM
- ROSS Inventory
- ROSS Order Management
- ROSS Receivables
- ROSS Manufacturing
- ROSS Planning
- ROSS Payables
- ROSS Purchasing
- ROSS Maintenance Management
- ROSS Transportation Management
- ROSS IAF and underlying technologies
Modification and Development
KasSys® will work from your business requirements and system fit/gap analysis to develop your customizations. KasSys® Group associates are equipped to design functional and technical specifications, develop customizations, and test and deploy the ROSS customizations your firm requires. KasSys® Group associates are proficient with the following development tools utilized by ROSS:
- Internet Application Framework
- IAF Studio
- Business Process Design
- Security Manager
- Oracle / Pl SQL
- Internet Architecture
- Crystal Reports and Forms
- Microsoft Reports and Data Analytics technologies
KasSys® has refined a methodology for custom ROSS development. We ensure effective documentation, coding standards, interactive user input, customer acceptance, and migration deployment.
KasSys® will work with your functional users and the results of any Business Process Analysis to develop Workflow capabilities for your ROSS Applications. Workflow is one of the most distinguishing technologies that streamline your iimplementationprocess. KasSys® Group associates have the skills to develop and customize this powerful tool to add more robust functionality to your applications.
- Definition of Transaction Approval Paths
- Establishment of Roles
- Development of Optional Routings
- Application of Workflow Agents
- Development of Electronic Form Authorizations Enhancing and utilizing Esignatures
KasSys® has the ability to put ROSS's new technologies to work in your company.
KasSys® can develop additional Web connectivity to your ROSS Applications. Web deployment is a growing necessity in today's business. Many ROSS customers are opting for more web applications both internally and externally. KasSys® Group associates offer the right resources for the "100% Pure Internet" technology offered by ROSS.
- Creation of Web Transactional Applications (e.g. ePurchasing, ecustomer, Self Service)
- Java and Server Page technologies
- HTML and XML
- Development of Applets
- Maximized Application and enhancement of delivered ROSS Products
KasSys® will work with your technical group to develop the external interfaces to your ROSS Applications. Nearly all ROSS customers must deal with some external interfaces to the ROSS Database, whether these interfaces are from legacy systems, electronic forms, or EDI. KasSys® Group associates have the expertise to develop, test, and deploy these interfaces. There are a variety of tools available to handle interfaces and selecting the right tools is often as crucial as developing the interface.
- ROSS Portals and API’s
- Web services
- Data Warehousing
- ROSS EDI Manager and Enhanced EDI application
- ROSS Export/Import Manager
KasSys® can put its skills and experience to work and handle all of your interface needs.
KasSys® will work with the customer's technical group to handle Change Control for your ROSS applications. KasSys® Group associates are armed with the experience to effectively execute and track all changes to your ROSS system. Such changes can include application modifications, ROSS fixes, and Product Updates/Upgrades. Which ever the case, it is crucial that tight control be maintained over the changes that are made to each of the ROSS database instances and their associated files (SQRs, COBOLs, Reports, etc). KasSys® Group associates can accomplish this by utilizing ROSS furnished tools, third party tools, and by following proven methodologies which KasSys® has refined.
- Change Control
- Database Stamping
- Compare Reports and Utilities
KasSys® respects the need for the customers Information Systems department to "buy in" to the change control methodology. In addition, KasSys® believes that Change Control is a topic where knowledge transfer is crucial and therefore encourages customer staff involvement.
KasSys® will work with the customer's Financial Reporting departments to design and develop reporting solutions. KasSys® has great competence working with ROSS's reporting tools. Developing reports is not all that is involved in creating a total reporting plan for a company. KasSys® recognizes that production schedules, report distribution, and report usability are all factors in developing a comprehensive reporting solution.
- IAF / Gembase
- Business Objects
KasSys® will develop, test, and deploy reporting solutions which fill the customer's needs.
Installations and Upgrades
KasSys® will leverage its extensive experience with Installations and Upgrades to aid your Technical group in installing or upgrading your ROSS applications. KasSys® boasts associates with Level 1 and Level 2 capacity for ROSS Installations and Upgrades. Installations are intricate procedures with numerous variables. It is not only important that the software be installed quickly and accurately, but also that your Technical team comprehends the process and its components.
The skills gained by your staff during this process will help them develop a better understanding of the system and will improve their ability to troubleshoot problems and apply fixes and patches. A skilled KasSys® professional will facilitate the successful installation of your ROSS applications and will ensure that your Technical staff understands the process.
Like installations, upgrades are complicated procedures with different but equally challenging elements. In addition to the sheer volume of programs and objects being replaced, there are many technical issues that must be resolved. As with an implementation, there is an Application side and a Technical side to an upgrade. On the application side, a ROSS customer must negotiate the compare reports, convert data, preserve their modifications and test the upgraded applications. At the same time, unique skills are required on the technical architecture side for such tasks as configuration of client workstations, application servers and database servers, as well as system and stress testing. KasSys® can be your solution for Installations and Upgrades.
- Upgrades and Fixes
- ROSS Installation, Configuration, and Tuning Application Server
- ROSS Product Updates and Major Version Upgrades
- ROSS Installation Applications
- Database maintenance
- Uplifting custom code
KasSys® will work with the project team to develop and execute a comprehensive testing plan. While different implementation methodologies will use different terms to describe the testing stages, every reputable plan calls for similar testing stages. The most common are noted below. It is important with ROSS applications that a customer test its configuration as strenuously as it tests its modifications.
- Unit Testing
- Integration Testing
- Use Acceptance Testing
- System Testing
- Performance Testing
- Stress Testing
While the advances in ERP applications are impressive, the reality of the industry is that software testing is not just testing the underlying code. Software manufacturers rely on "fixes" to polish software functionality and performance. It is crucial that an implementation allow time to develop and execute a thorough testing plan. A well planned and executed test will mitigate many of the risks associated with deploying any software. The benefit derived from testing is well documented in both educational as well as risk mitigation terms.
De-Bugging, Fix Application & Problem Solving
KasSys® will combine its expertise and impeccable problem solving skills to troubleshoot, de-bug, and support all applications. De-Bugging and problem solving involves knowing where to look, how the software manufacturer works resolutions and how to apply manufacturer or customized fixes and enhancements on behalf of the customer. KasSys® associates excel at identifying and resolving problems with all aspects of the ROSS Applications.
- Program and Online Traces
- Problem Resolution Process
- Knowledge Base
- Patch and Fix Application
- Product Update/Upgrade Application
During the Integration and User Acceptance Testing phases of an implementation, a project's ability to diagnose and resolve issues and problems is as important as the testing itself. KasSys® can provide this support function and work with customer staff to further knowledge transfer.
KasSys® will contribute to user and implementation team training. KasSys® Group associates have taught classes where the target audiences included ROSS Users, Partners, and Consultants. KasSys® Group associates have taught a variety of Technology and Application courses.
At this time, KasSys® does not author or develop sophisticated training materials, but is well positioned to function as trainers. KasSys® can take any developed training materials, either from ROSS or a third party vendor, and teach your ROSS class. KasSys® does add real-life experience by providing targeted curriculum based on the audience’s level of capability and need based delivery.
KasSys® Group associates have provided professional services and delivered successful results to all types of businesses. These companies touch both ends of the spectrum in regards to size and industry. One thing they all have in common is their respect and regard for our Group professionals who added value to their respective projects. We could provide list several companies which can testify to the quality and value of service which KasSys® Group's professionals deliver to their customers.
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