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Services:   Management Consulting Overview

Overview

We have 20+ years of experience across a broad range of business disciplines and initiatives.  Our team is comprised of former business leaders from both corporate industries and consulting.  We have a 100% proven track record designing, developing technology and business strategies into solutions.  We specialize in advising and supporting organizations in transforming strategy into tactical execution with a consistent focus in meeting our clients' expectations.


Expertise and Initiatives:

  • Program & Project Management
  • Program Management Office
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Change Management
  • Business Transformation Management
  • M&A Transaction Services
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Integration
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Quality Assurance / Testing
  • Business Assessment / Due Diligence
  • Human Capital
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance
  • Data Management
  • Information Management
  • Software Solutions (Development)
  • Software Implementation
  • Big Data, Data Warehouse & Analytics
  • Infrastructure (on premise / Cloud)
  • Data Center Builds /  Consolidation / Migrations
  • Website / Portal Design
  • Business Process Re-Design



Services:  Management Consulting - Big Data Analytics

Big Data & Data Analytics


Ekman Associates provides solutions for organizations embarking on Big Data and Data Analytics initiatives. Ekman Associates’ deep experience in Data Analytics comes from the variety of organizations in multiple industries that we have worked with.  Our skills in this area span across technologies, applications and practices for continuous exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning.

 

Our team of Subject Matter Experts provide the following thought leadership services:

 

  •     Strategic Planning
  •     Technology Assessments
  •     Business, Functional, Non-Functional & Technical Requirements
  •     Business Process Redesign
  •     Big Data Architecture Design
  •     Data Modeling & Administration
  •     Enterprise Master Data Management
  •     Output Products: Report Identification & Design and Portals
  •     Data Visualization / Dashboards / Reporting
  •     Developing and / or Implementing software
  •     System Integration
  •     Data Cleansing & Analytics
  •     Natural Language Processing (NLP) Design and Implementation
  •     Data Harmonization and Standardization
  •     Ontologies / Thesaurus
  •     Data Quality Program
  •     Machine Learning

Services:  Management Consulting - Data Management & Governance (Financial Services)

Data Management & Governance (Financial Services)


Data Management & Governance


After the financial crisis of 2008, regulation has placed a greater focus on financial institutions evidencing control of their data. Some examples:

 

  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) – Risk Data Aggregation
  • Basel III
  • Volcker, Dodd Frank and others

 

Financial institutions are working diligently to meet the regulators' demands; however, they are facing many challenges. These challenges include:

 

  • Inadequate enterprise and/or line of business level procedures and governance 
  • Lack of resources and the right skills to get the work done
  • Time and budget constraints
  • Inability to manage the cultural and procedural changes necessary to implement a comprehensive and strategic data management program

 

Ekman Associates has the background and experience to successfully deliver your data management initiatives and help you meet regulator demands.



Services:  Management Consulting - Program Management Office

Program / Project Management Office - PMO


A Project Management Office, abbreviated to PMO, is a group or department within a company that defines and maintains standards for project management delivery. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the management of projects/programs. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance, reporting and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.  PMO’s seek to enhance the practices of project management, organizational governance and strategic change leadership.

 

Ekman Associates has created and re-designed several PMO's within organizations. PMO's are designed to formalize and adapt project management methodology and tools, institute Governance and align with leadership for support.

 

We design and re-design High Quality Service and Support PMO’s

 

  • Portfolio Management Process
  • Project Management Methodology
  • IT Governance Process and IT Governance Steering Committee
  • IT Change Control Board
  • Project Management Tools & Implementation
  • Communication Process
  • IT Strategy and Technical Portfolio design
  • IT Outsourcing
  • Budget / Financial Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Change Management


Services:  Management Consulting - Portfolio/Project Management

Portfolio/Project Management


Our technical and business Project Managers are proficient in the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating and managing resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific project and program goals.  Ekman Associates team of resources are experienced in all aspects of project management and thoroughly understand that the primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints and/or risks.

 

With strong technical skills and business acumen our Project Managers strategically analyze the constraints of scope, time, quality,  budget and optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives throughout the project’s life cycle to a successful completion.

 

  • Manage all types of Programs and Projects; application and infrastructure
  • Manages all sizes: small, medium, large, enterprise wide, global
  • Manage Programs / Projects throughout all aspects of the lifecycle.
  • Manage teams to execute effectively and efficiently; virtual, on shore & off shore
  • PMP Certified Project Managers
  • Methodologies: Agile, Scrum, Lean, Iterative / Incremental
  • ITIL Practice and Implementation
  • User Stories / Use Cases
  • Project Management specialization; i.e. Software Development, Software Implementation, Product Development, Technical / Infrastructure, etc.

Services:  Management Consulting - Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture


IT infrastructure and operations leaders are facing tremendous challenges in today’s technology environment. The need to develop and manage a flexible and cost efficient infrastructure is a top priority.   Ekman Associates offers guidance and solutions for strategic IT Infrastructure initiatives. This includes: On Premises, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS technologies.

 

As new technologies arise and are implemented, the benefits of Enterprise Architecture continue to grow. The main purpose of Enterprise Architecture is to guide the process of planning and design the IT capabilities of an enterprise in order to meet desired organizational objectives. Enterprise architecture is organizing logic for business processes and IT infrastructure reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the company's operating model.

 

Ekman Associates provides expertise in defining what an organization does, who performs individual functions within the organization, and within the market value chain; how the organizational functions are performed; and how information is used and stored.

 

We have a well-defined practice and methodology for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a holistic approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy. Our team of architects use leading edge visual techniques to perform and create the following deliverables:

 

Business Architecture

  • Business Objective / Process Model
  • Objective Chain
  • Feature Tree
  • Data Base Model
  • Requirements Mapping Matrix

 

Software Architecture

  • Organization Chart
  • Process Flow
  • Use Case
  • User Interface Flow
  • Display Action Response Model
  • Report Table
  • Roles and Permissions Matrix

 

Infrastructure Architecture

  • Data Center - Build, Consolidate, Migrate, Cloud
  • Security

 

Services:  Management Consulting - Infrastructure

Infrastructure


IT infrastructure and operations leaders are facing tremendous challenges in today’s technology environment. The need to develop and manage a flexible and cost efficient infrastructure a top priority.   Ekman Associates offers guidance and solutions for strategic IT Infrastructure initiatives. This includes: On Premises, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS technologies.

 

Areas of Expertise Include:

 

  • Data Center Build, Consolidation, Migration
  • I&O Cost Optimization
  • BYOD & Mobile Device Management
  • Consolidating IT Operations Tools & Technology
  • Information/Data Security
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualization
  • Developing Cloud Strategies
  • Implementing Enterprise Mobility
  • Successfully Demonstrating Value and Relevance
  • Attracting and Creating the Best I&O Team
  • DevOps and Achieving IT Operational Excellence
  • Provide enterprise-wide IT infrastructure resources that support IT services for:
  • Server Administration and Engineering support for systems
    • Network Engineers – WAN / LAN
    • Telecommunication
    • Messaging Services
  • Identity and Access Management – Incorporates data from multiple systems of record to provide a comprehensive identity infrastructure and tools to support identification, authentication and authorization. Services include:
    • Enterprise Directory Services
    • Authentication - Authorization
    • Identity Management Office
  • Data Center Build / Consolidate, Move, Migrate, Retire
  • Web Services
  • ITSM / Help Desk / Service Desk

Services:  Management Consulting - Software Implementation

Software Implementation


Ekman Associates excels in business applications and infrastructure software implementation projects. You will find our commitment to excellence is backed by real world experience, not only in the development of software solutions but also in the technical and political challenges of data collection, integration, analytics, and regulations facing industries today.

 

As a System Integrator, Ekman Associates specializes in bringing together component subsystems into a cohesive manner and ensures that those subsystems function together. This includes design, integration, implementation and post-transaction consulting.

 

The following is a short list of all the types of software we have implemented:

 

  • System Development & Integration
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Enterprise Health Records (EHR)
  • Customer Relations Management (CRM)
  • Electronic Content Management (ECM)
  • Sourcing Tools (ATS)
  • Identity Management
  • Property Management Systems (PMS)
  • Sales and Catering System (POS)
  • Financial Systems
  • Call Center Systems
  • Human Resource Systems (HRMS)
  • Labor Management Systems (LMS)
  • Logistics / Manufacturing Systems
  • Middleware
  • ITSM

Services:  Management Consulting - Software Development

Software Development


Ekman Associates excels in business applications and infrastructure software implementation projects. You will find our commitment to excellence is backed by real world experience, not only in the development of software solutions but also in the technical and political challenges of data collection, integration, analytics, and regulations facing industries today.

 

As a System Integrator, Ekman Associates specializes in bringing together component subsystems into a cohesive manner and ensures that those subsystems function together. This includes design, integration, implementation and post-transaction consulting.

 

The following is a short list of all the types of software we have implemented:

 

  • System Development & Integration
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Enterprise Health Records (EHR)
  • Customer Relations Management (CRM)
  • Electronic Content Management (ECM)
  • Sourcing Tools (ATS)
  • Identity Management
  • Property Management Systems (PMS)
  • Sales and Catering System (POS)
  • Financial Systems
  • Call Center Systems
  • Human Resource Systems (HRMS)
  • Labor Management Systems (LMS)
  • Logistics / Manufacturing Systems
  • Middleware
  • ITSM

Services:  Management Consulting - Website - Portal Design

Website - Portal Design


Ekman Associates provides small, mid-sized and enterprise companies with a full suite of web design and portal services. Your website is often the first thing that potential customers see and may be the lasting impression you make. Online portals empower your employees and customers to utilize your services while cutting costs and streamlining your processes.

 

Services include:

  • Modern responsive web design
  • Dynamic data driven content
  • Secure online presence
  • State of the art content access
  • Cost saving speed and flexibility

Services:  Management Consulting - Quality Assurance and Testing

Quality Assurance and Testing


QA and Testing service includes activities that ensure the implementation of processes, procedures and standards in context to verification of developed software and intended requirements.

 

Ekman Associates provides the following services:

 

Documentation

Testing documentation involves the documentation of artifacts that should be developed before or during the testing of Software. Examples of testing documentation includes:

  • Test Plan
  • Test Scenario
  • Test Case
  • Traceability Matrix

 

Types of Testing

  • Functional
  • Non Function
  • Unit
  • Integration
  • System
  • Regression
  • Acceptance (UAT)
  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Performance, Load, Stress
  • Usability
  • UI vs. Usability
  • Security
  • Portability

Services:  Management Consulting - Change Management

Change Management


Constant innovation of technology results in a constantly evolving business environment. Organizational Change Management is needed to address innovations, new technology, shifting customer demands, and other business critical issues.

 

Change management is an approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state. It directly affects all departments from the entry level employee to senior management. The entire company must learn how to handle changes within an organization.

 

At Ekman Associates, we understand this process. Our team of professionals are certified in all aspects of Change Management and can customize a program for execution.

 

Some of our key expertise and delivery services are as follows:

  • Business Strategy Alignment and Deployment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Design
  • Change Management
  • Team Development
  • Cultural Change and Values Integration
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Talent Management and Learning

Services:  Management Consulting - Mergers and Acquisitions

M&A


Constant innovation of technology results in a constantly evolving business environment. Organizational Change Management is needed to address innovations, new technology, shifting customer demands, and other business critical issues.

 

Change management is an approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state. It directly affects all departments from the entry level employee to senior management. The entire company must learn how to handle changes within an organization.

 

At Ekman Associates, we understand this process. Our team of professionals are certified in all aspects of Change Management and can customize a program for execution.

 

Some of our key expertise and delivery services are as follows:

  • Business Strategy Alignment and Deployment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Design
  • Change Management
  • Team Development
  • Cultural Change and Values Integration
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Talent Management and Learning

Services:  Management Consulting - Training

Training


Ekman Associates provides IT training that covers user, navigational and operational training for those people who will be responsible for using and supporting the system. Courses are custom designed to the client’s specific needs.

 

Services include:

  • Training documentation
  • Training material
  • Training execution

Services:  Management Consulting - Human Resources

Human Resources


Ekman Associates provides IT training that covers user, navigational and operational training for those people who will be responsible for using and supporting the system. Courses are custom designed to the client’s specific needs.

 

Services include:

  • Training documentation
  • Training material
  • Training execution

Services:  Management Consulting - Human Resources

Human Resources


Ekman Associates provides IT training that covers user, navigational and operational training for those people who will be responsible for using and supporting the system. Courses are custom designed to the client’s specific needs.

 

Services include:

  • Training documentation
  • Training material
  • Training execution