Sierra Speaks

15 02, 2017

Microsoft Dynamics 365: Modernize your ERP

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Technology is quickly transforming our daily work routines with useful apps and services that are easy to work with, and that deliver helpful assistance improving our lives. Business systems are rapidly undergoing a transformation as a result of this technology. These changes will impact business users and accounting professionals for the next decade.

A first look at Microsoft Dynamics 365 Operations for the Public Sector: This series highlights the recent capabilities that are forthcoming so you can

8 02, 2017

National Strategy Consulting Competition & Conference

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Sierra Systems sponsored one of the most respected Management Consulting events in North America, the National Strategy Consulting Competition & Conference (NSCC) 2017. The NSCC is a comprehensive opportunity for students across North America to learn about strategy consulting. This annual event brings together the nation’s top undergraduate and MBA talent in a three-day competition and two-day conference to showcase their knowledge and abilities to respected professionals in the consulting industry.

This years event took

3 02, 2017

EMR Success in the Northwest Territories

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In 2011, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) engaged Sierra Systems to assist with the selection and deployment of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution for its 33 primary care clinic sites.

Sierra Systems resources worked closely with the GNWT team to select the vendor, negotiate the contracts, identify enhancements, install the application, develop operations standards, lead the implementations, and manage the overall change

January 2017, saw the successful deployment of the EMR to 60

2 02, 2017

Click here

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One of the complaints I hear over and over again as a consultant for Dynamics CRM is, ‘There are too many clicks!’. I am told over and over again that Microsoft should be following the three-click rule. Well, I am here to tell you the three-click rule is a myth.

User complaints about lengthy click paths are really about users failing to find what they need. When a user finds what they need, there are

1 02, 2017

Oracle PeopleSoft 9.2 Upgrades: The Upgrade

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In our previous posts on upgrading to Oracle PeopleSoft 9.2, we have discussed getting prepared for planning and completing the planning for your upgrade. Now it’s time to upgrade your PeopleSoft application.

The upgrade to 9.2 from prior versions will feel much like your previous PeopleSoft upgrades, but with a twist; i.e. PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM). It will be about the same length as before, generally 6 to 9 months depending on your customization level.

The

30 01, 2017

Proper Project Planning Prevents Phenomenon of Placid Process and Procedures

What the heck did I just say in the title? This is so true though. Without project planning, you end up with soup instead of the steak dinner you envisioned. Let me explain.

Imagine you are running a restaurant. You need to present information to your customers. How? Well, in most cases it is a menu. To make that menu come together you need to prepare the meals. But, to do that you need ingredients. What ingredients?

19 01, 2017

Business insight in minutes with Oracle Stream Analytics

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Oracle Stream Analytics (OSA) is the only stream analytics tool available on premises, at the edge and in the cloud for business users to answer enterprise level questions about Fast Data.

OSA is a powerful and instant insight business tool that makes Stream Analysis as easy as working in Excel. With more than 20 statistical, general industry, machine learning and spatial patterns, business users can instantly turn the streaming data flood into meaningful information to support timely

18 01, 2017

Oracle PeopleSoft 9.2 Upgrades: Elevating Success

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What makes an upgrade successful? In the next few weeks, I’ll focus a series of articles on the steps we believe are important to make your Oracle PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade successful.

To begin, I discuss what you can do to prepare for the upgrade, secondly, I will cover detailed planning for the upgrade, and finally I’ll focus on the upgrade project and what you should create during the upgrade to enable you to take full advantage

16 01, 2017

Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2016

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The 2016 Microsoft MVP Global Summit was held as usual, almost as usual, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel. All of the other Bellevue hotels were filled with geeks and nerds November 6th through 11th.

But, on November 8th I went to the central hall of the Hyatt and I suddenly realized that the people around me were not geeks but normal looking people, although they had similarly enthusiastic faces. After a minute I

13 01, 2017

Oracle PeopleSoft 9.2 Upgrades: Scoping and Planning

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Last time we talked about getting prepared to plan for your PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade, collecting data and identifying people with the knowledge to complete the planning.

This time, we are looking at the planning for the upgrade project. This can be completed as the initial phase of your upgrade, or you can complete these tasks in advance so that you have a full understanding of what the upgrade project is going to take in terms