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Oakland Consulting Group is Named an Approved NCPA Vendor

Oakland Consulting Group is Named an Approved NCPA Vendor

3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 weeks ago

Lanham, Md. – March, 22, 2021 – Oakland Consulting Group today announced that National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) members can now purchase Oakland Consulting Group’s suite of government and higher education information technology services, which includes Workday solutions. Oakland’s services include enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems services, IT consulting services, business intelligence analytics services, software value added reselling, and staffing services. Oakland Consulting Group is a Workday Advisory Services partner and offers access to Workday’s leading enterprise cloud applications including Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), Workday Payroll, and Workday Student.

Workday Financial Management and Workday HCM support a full range of financial and people-based processes that provide clients with real-time operational visibility along with the speed and agility to adapt to business growth and change. Workday Payroll processes payroll efficiently in a single system while offering flexibility to adapt to changing needs. Workday Student is a unified system that helps enable higher education institutions to manage the end-to-end student and faculty lifecycle.

NCPA is a leading national government purchasing cooperative, working to reduce the cost of goods and services by leveraging the purchasing power of public agencies in all 50 states. NCPA uses state-of-the-art procurement resources and solutions that result in cooperative purchasing contracts that ensure public agencies are receiving products and services of the highest quality at the lowest prices. There are over 90,000 agencies nationwide from both the public and nonprofit sectors that are eligible to use NCPA’s cooperative purchasing contracts.

“We are thrilled to be an approved NCPA vendor,” said Cedric Nash, CEO of Oakland Consulting Group. “We look forward to leveraging our services and expertise and Workday’s market-leading enterprise cloud applications to help public sector and higher education customers nationwide.”

“In today’s changing environment, education and government customers are relying on us more than ever to help manage their finance, HR, and student and faculty needs,” said Steven Hanson, group vice president of education and government at Workday. “Through our partnership with Oakland Consulting Group, we look forward to leveraging the NCPA contracting approach to enable our customers to simplify contracting, streamline projects, and drive value on Workday more quickly and easily.”

Oakland Awarded Contract to Implement DevOps Capability in AWS GovCloud Environment

Oakland Awarded Contract to Implement DevOps Capability in AWS GovCloud Environment

5/13/2020 12:00:00 AM EDT
11 months ago

Lanham, MD

Oakland is pleased to announce that our ongoing contract with USTRANSCOM and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to provide technical and functional support for the Transportation Financial Management System (TFMS) has been modified to implement a DevOps capability in an AWS GovCloud environment.

As background, USTRANSCOM and SDDC have directed Programs of Record (PoRs) to modernize and transition applications to a USTRANSCOM Commercial Cloud Environment leveraging cloud managed services and automated pipeline technologies.  Similar to other “on-prem” applications, TFMS will move to the cloud utilizing a “lift and shift” strategy.  The desired end-state at the completion of this task is for the TFMS to be fully functioning in the USTRANSCOM Commercial Cloud Environment.

Having successfully migrated TFMS to AWS GovCloud, Oakland was recently awarded a contract to identify available DevOps tools, recommend business processes to be automated using those tools, and implement those recommendations approved by the Government.  Over the life of the contract, Oakland will integrate tools from differing phases of the DevOps cycle and define an end-to-end automated process.  This will contribute to synchronization and collaboration across the organization and introduce improved effectiveness and efficiency.  The end result will be faster and more accurate deployment and releases. 

Cedric Nash, Oakland’s CEO and President, noted that “Oakland’s efforts are a key part of the USTRANSCOM and SDDC cloud migration strategy and we are excited to be a part of the process”

Oakland Wins Contract To Provide Post-implementation Support For Its ERP Program

Oakland Wins Contract To Provide Post-implementation Support For Its ERP Program

9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

Lanham, MD

Prince George’s County Government’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has awarded Oakland Consulting Group a contract to provide post-implementation support for its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program.  The County’s ERP Program replaced several of its legacy systems with SAP-based solutions. Oakland will be working closely with the County to provide SAP Tier 2 and Tier 3 support services starting in September 2019. 

 “We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the success of this important effort for Prince George’s County,” said CEO Cedric Nash.  “We will draw on our 21 years of SAP implementation and support experience, to assist our home county in realizing world-class SAP support.” 

Oakland Wins Add-on Work for DoD Client Cloud Migration

Oakland Wins Add-on Work for DoD Client Cloud Migration

5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

Lanham, MD, 5/13/2019

Oakland is pleased to announce that our ongoing contract with USTRANSCOM and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to provide technical and functional support for the Transportation Financial Management System (TFMS) has been modified to migrate TFMS to a cloud environment. 

USTRANSCOM and SDDC have directed Programs of Record (PoRs) to modernize and transition applications to a USTRANSCOM Commercial Cloud Environment leveraging cloud managed services and automated pipeline technologies.  Similar to other “on-prem” applications, TFMS will move to the cloud utilizing a “lift and shift” strategy.  The desired end-state at the completion of this task is for the TFMS to be fully functioning in the USTRANSCOM Commercial Cloud Environment.

Our team has developed and is executing a detailed migration plan that identifies cloud computing benefit, recommended migration plan, schedule, and associated costs to assist the Government. The plan includes the target environment, migration method, resource plans from both the Government and Contractor, scope, strategy, schedule/timeline, dependencies, risks/issues, estimated costs, and test strategies. 

Cedric Nash, Oakland’s CEO and President, noted that “Oakland’s efforts are a key part of the USTRANSCOM and SDDC cloud migration strategy and we are excited to be a part of the process”.

Our Customers - Defense Logistics Agency

Enterprise Business Systems

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) supplies the nation’s military services and several civilians with the critical resources that they need to accomplish their mission. It supplies almost every consumable item America’s military services need to operate, from groceries to jet fuel.

The DLA is replacing its existing legacy systems with Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) software.  The program for developing and implementing the solution was initially referred to as the Business Systems Modernization (BSM) program then was changed to Enterprise Business Systems (EBS).  The primary COTS products used in the EBS solution are SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Manugistics, 7.2 software for planning, and the Sun Microsystems Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software ICAN.  The EBS solution consists of SAP R/3 SD/MM, FI/CO, MM, PL modules; with 405 Extensions; 304 Reports; 439 Interfaces

The EBS program reached Full Operational Capability (FOC) in March 2007.  At that time the government shared EBS maintenance support with the System Integrator (SI), with the intent to transition maintenance responsibility to DLA.  However, in order to determine the necessary resource levels/skills that the government required to support the EBS solution, a review and assessment of the critical key aspects of the EBS program was required.

Oakland was selected to perform a readiness assessment of the following areas within the EBS program: Organizational Readiness and Staffing levels/skills required at FOC, Maintainability of the Application; Maintainability of the Technology/Architecture. This included an analysis of the BSM solution covering five major business areas: Order Fulfillment (SAP – SD/ MM)), Financial Management (SAP – FI/CO), Procurement (SAP - MM), Planning (Manugistics - PL), and Technical & Quality (SAP- MM).  It involved reviewing functional/technical designs for the purpose of understanding the complexities of the EBS solution.  Key criteria derived were measured against industry standards for designing, implementing, and sustaining an ERP solution.  The review entailed functional processes, data flows, and application solutions as provided by the SI.  Documentation as it related to the Method Delivery Manager (MDM). 

The results of our review were well received by DLA and led to a follow-on sole source engagement for Oakland addressing three areas:

  • Specialized training specific to the EBS solution based on gaps identified in our review
  • Targeted application maintenance activities to streamline operations and reduce errors
  • Development of upgrade plans and upgrade assistance for selected EBS modules

 

Energy Convergence

EC was designed to bring DLA's energy supply chain business into the same Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) architecture as that introduced with Enterprise Business Systems (EBS)  This project enabled streamlined operations, integrated financial compliance, and reduced systems support cost. EC integrated the SAP coexistence deliverable with the current DLA EBS to meet Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) requirements.

OCG provided senior ERP experts who were responsible for the development, testing and initial fielding of training tools, courses and communication devices necessary to achieve implementation within the user communities.  Our work incorporated the technical, organizational and cultural changes associated with redesigned business processes and new support systems mechanisms. Our training plan included details on how users were to be trained on new business processes and software solutions, and how to transition production activities from legacy systems to the new software systems.