I have been a bit remiss with this blog. I apologize. My excuse is being busy with the following projects:
1. Automating labor rates in Deltek Vision with an outside platform being the system of record. This includes automation of prevailing wage rate schedules, dealing with differentials and changing benefits elections. I will be using lots of workflows and webservices to pull in employee pay rates, benefits selections and related data to reside in Vision. Then more workflows to automate maintenance of labor cost tables based upon employee selections of day/night shift, labor category (staff type) and reg, ovt, or double time. I will be making extensive use of Vision’s new custom infocenter features.
This project should be completed some time in the spring. If you’re suffering from prevailing wage rates and schedules maintenance in your own organization let me know and maybe I can help.
2. A client has been using Deltek Vision for a few years but they do not feel they are getting everything out of it that they can. Thus, this is kind of a re-implementation project. They previously converted from Advantage and need help making the conceptual and practical transition from a pure accounting system to a project accounting system. They have yet to implement timesheets, expense reports and workable methods for project Work Breakdown Structure.
Both of these projects require a lot of work just scoping and defining what needs to be done. It’s very challenging!
It’s much more challenging than just building a custom report or a small workflow process with a relatively narrow set of requirements and small set of users. This is essentially taking a set of ad-hoc defined business process, and designing a proper automated solution to manage the operational data of that process (or those processes). This normally requires the integration of existing applications or solutions, importing or incorporating historical data, transforming historical data when data architecture corrections are made, and designing new processes, policies and procedures for using the new tools we put in place.
Lastly, training and documentation will be required to make sure that the processes and tools put in place actually get used!
Luckily most of the work can be done off site, thus keeping down travel costs and allowing me to work in relative isolation so I can concentrate!
If you’re ever in down town Austin, TX give me a call and I can show you my office and some cool stuff!