Oakland Awarded Contract to Implement DevOps Capability in AWS GovCloud Environment
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
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
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”.
Oakland Wins Contract with WSSC for Project Cornerstone
Lanham, MD 3/20/2019
The Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) has awarded Oakland Consulting Group a contract to provide post-implementation support for its Project Cornerstone Program. Project Cornerstone is the Commission’s effort to implement Oracle Utilities Software product in support of their move to an advanced metering infrastructure. WSSC is implementing Customer to Meter (C2M), Mobile Work Force Management (MWM) and Work and Asset Management (WAM) solutions to help achieve their vision. Oakland will be working closely with WSSC to provide Tier 2 and Tier 3 support services starting July 1, the anticipated go-live date for the first wave of implementation.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the success of this important project for WSSC,” said CEO Cedric Nash. “We will draw on our 21 years of implementation and support experience, to assist WSSC in realizing world-class support.”
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
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.