EPM R.A.P.I.D Methodology
R.A.P.I.D GoLive™ Methodology GoLiveSystems employs its time-tested methodology R.A.P.I.D GoLive™ as the Project Management framework for all its consulting projects. R.A.P.I.D. GoLiveTM methodology provides for a staged and phased implementation and applying proper checkpoints insuring that both Hyperion and the Client project remain on track.
The R.A.P.I.D GoLive™ Methodology Insures that there is an overall view of the project from the beginning– ensuring that all segments of the solution(s) are implemented in line with the overall project strategy and don’t become disconnected from the project plan. This allows “sanity checks” for expectations and deadlines – Because the methodology looks at the total project prospective, individual tasks undergo checks to insure that time and resources allocated are in the view of the total project. Critical checkpoints insure that client expectations are in line with what is slated for delivery. Creates a centralized escalation point for effective risk management – R.A.P.I.D GoLive™ provides for a centralized escalation point if there are issues or problems that need to be dealt with. This reduces risk from untimely delays caused from a lack of coordination and inability to provide timely information for project status. Provides the framework for strategic and tactical multiproduct and integration advice – Since there is an overall approach, the methodology insures products and activities are done in unison and work in unison to support the total business solution. Multiple products are considered during installation so products already installed don’t conflict or suffer ill effects from installation of other products. Provides the framework for change control leadership – The change control process is well defined and project issues are dealt with in a timely and expedient fashion. Changes in scope are completely analyzed and consequences are determined and information propagated to both client and appropriate team members. Impacts of changes are immediately known. Provides the framework for rapid response to project issues and situations – The methodology allows issues and day-to-day situations to be effectively dealt with in short order and with the appropriate team members (both client and internal teams).
Requirements stage In this stage a detailed Business Requirements are gathered and the Technical Requirements identified.
Analyze stage In this stage a detailed Project Plan is created. Also the conceptual Design is created. Testing and Training strategy is defined and Hardware and software are installed.
Productionize stage In this stage the application detailed design is created. The major subtasks in this stage are Build, Test and Review. This is an iterative process until all the deliverables agreed upon per the test plan are achieved. Application data and Integration development is completed and tested. The application is also migrated to QA and Production environments.
Integrate stage The main focus of this stage is to perform integrated system testing, loading and validating historical data and end-user training. The application begins to be run in parallel with the existing legacy system.
Deploy stage In this stage the application is rolled out in the Production environment. The application is available to all planned users. Any remaining users are trained. Parallel processing becomes secondary and Live processing continues in the new system.
GoLive stage In this stage the EPM system GoLive status is announced by the stake holders. A post-Golive Review is completed. An on-going training and support plan is put into place.
Analytics R.A.P.I.D Methodology
R.A.P.I.D GoLive™ BI/Analytics Implementation Methodology 1-2-3
GoLiveSystems’ proven methodology enables the successful implementation of your BI Application(s). Our methodology is continuously being fine-tuned and perfected, as well as keeping up with industry trends and product updates.
For customers who use Oracle EBS, Siebel, or PeopleSoft applications, we have divided the BI Application implementation into three steps. Starting with the end in mind GoLiveSystems implements your BI Application ‘out of the box’ and then working with your team, develops a roadmap for configuring and deploying your BI Application(s). By implementing the Applications right out of the box, this allows you to view your data and more effectively determine your needs and the configuration necessary to enable the application to be an integral part on how you run and analyze your business.
Step 1 Starts with agreement on success criteria, scope, resources, and costs and a common focus.
Install the BI Applications and perform the initial configuration and data load. GoLiveSystems works as part of your team to ensure your environment is ready, using our BI Applications Readiness Assessment document.
At this point you see your data in pre-built Dashboards and Reports and you can build ad hoc reports using Answers. Continuing to work with your team we review the data loaded and determine the ‘goodness of fit’ of each Subject Area. This leads to a high level assessment of the complexity to configure the Subject Areas for your needs. This information, combined with an understanding of the priority of your business requirements will be used to develop a roadmap for configuring and implementing the BI Applications and their subject areas. Before moving on to Step 2, the scope needs to be refined. GoLiveSystems has found that the most successful projects deploy a subset of subject areas in a number of iterative phases. This ensures business value is delivered quickly increasing your ROI and garnering support from key stakeholders.
Step 2 This step focuses on the details of your business. GoLiveSystems applies its business and technical knowledge to understand your analytical requirements that drive (a) the reports (b) the dashboards and (c) the ad hoc reporting out of your data warehouse. This includes your business processes and ERP application usage that drive the components that move and store your data. GoLiveSystems then designs and develops the detailed configurations that will make the BI Applications work for your business needs, knowing what configurations needs to be changed whether it is ETL, metadata, reports, etc.
Step 3 Now it is time to configure, test, and deploy. After the configuration is complete and the unit testing is successful the data is reloaded, it is time for Data Validation and User Acceptance Testing. GoLiveSystems provides a Test Lead to develop and manage test cases. We work with you providing the know-how to help diagnose issues and estimate changes that the UAT users may request now that they are exposed to a new paradigm in analytics and reporting.
Deployment is the final and most crucial step where success can be officially declared. We will continue to work with your team to help develop, maintain and fully train your team.
In conclusion the GoLiveSystems team of consultants and subject matter experts work with you and your team every step of the way insuring a successful and rapid implementation.