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cBEYONData is a professional services firm focusing on Business Analytics, Data, and Visual technologies and implementations.

Our Team of highly experienced consultants will successfully design, execute and guide you through the implementation of your solution.  With more than 20 years of experience in the business intelligence arena, we know the key to a successful implementation is to tailor the solution to the customer’s specific needs (requirements).  Our iterative and agile approach to achieving deliverables and project success is based on our proven best practice implementation methodologies and extensive toolkit of project delivery templates.

 

 

 

 
Undisclosed
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Lorton, VA
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  • cBEYONData (Formerly DCS Consulting, Inc.)
    9435 Lorton Market St. #720
    Lorton, VA 22079
    United States
    703.966.5831

Portfolio

Key clients: 

The United States Marshals Services

The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Washington Headquarters Service

ConocoPhillips

Navy Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)

US Army – AESIP

Stanley Black & Decker

Orasure

American Diabetes Association

CitiBank

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

US Navy

Reviews

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SAP Financial Reporting for United States Government Organization

"We’ve been very pleased with the support we’ve received from DCS." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

DCS Consulting, Inc. built a SAP BusinessObjectives system with the goal of creating custom reports to improve governmental financial management. The team extracted, transformed and loaded data to the site. 

The Reviewer
 
10,000 + Employees
 
Washington DC Metro Area
Systems Accountant, US Government Organization
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team met with users to make sure that they understood the security concerns and create an effective product. DCS Consulting, Inc. met the IT requirements, as well as the strict governmental levels of approval. They created a system that allows for easy access to crucial tables and reports.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I work for a federal law enforcement agency.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am the acting chief of the financial systems support team.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with DCS Consulting?

We have a new unified financial management system. The reports that came with the system were not functioning properly and didn’t give us what we needed to ensure proper financial management. We reached out to have new projects so we could use Business Objects and have custom reports built to meet our needs quickly.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

There were two phases. One was to hit to database tables directly, and the secondary phase was to do an ETL [extract, transform, and load] so we replicated the data to a different site, and then we hit the reports from that. Both phases are completed.

DCS went through our IT office to meet the security requirements to start work on the project. Once they hit the tables, they gathered all the requirements for the reports. They built the reports and worked with the users to test them and make sure they were accurate. Then they implemented them into production and trained the end users.

What was your process for selecting DCS Consulting to work with?

I joined the team in April of 2013, and they had been on the project long before that. Their initial project was under a different federal contract. We were able to use them as a subcontractor. We recently issued an award directly to them that recently started, so they could continue to provide services to us. That went through the normal procurement process, where they put out a solicitation.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

I don’t have that information. It was a full-time effort for four staff members, for several months. The overall agency that we are housed in owns our financial system. Not only do they have to meet all of our IT requirements, they have to go through all of their IT requirements as well. There are many levels of approval that delayed our project, which we weren’t expecting.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

We have access all the tables we need, and we're adding new tables. We're building new reports and looking at dashboards. We're strengthening what we're already have.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

SAP Security Work for U.S. Navy Data

"DCS was very efficient and professional."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

DCS Consulting, Inc. improved security for an SAP BuisnessObjects system. The team created non-static reports and performed customer support for employees. They are now helping to upgrade the system.

The Reviewer
 
10,000 + Employees
 
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Business Intelligence Head, U.S. Navy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The reports are very dynamic and have been used on a regular basis by employees. DCS works quickly and efficiently and creates code that saves time and money. The team has a wide knowledge base of SAP products and are responsive. 

BACKGROUND

What is your role and responsibilities within the US Navy?

I am an IT Specialist, project manager, and business analyst for JAG [Judge Advocate General] Department of the Navy. I deal with the business intelligence, specifically the BusinessObjects project that is ongoing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with DCS Consulting?

At the time, we had three types of business lines, but they intermingled and the data was needed. DCS helped lay out the security. In a legal environment, you can’t have one side knowing what the other side is doing.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

DCS helped establish the security environment that is used. In addition, they were very good in creating reports that weren’t static. They were very dynamic. Some of our users use them frequently to monitor and manage their caseload. They did that very well.

DCS also helped provide customer support if they had any questions on the use of BusinessObjects. We had some training that DCS did not provide. Until they actually had a real hands-on look at their own universe and what elements were available to them, they didn’t put two and two together. The personnel from DCS were very supportive in that endeavor.

We used SAP's BOE 3.1 platform, and they are in the process of helping us migrate to 4.1, which is the business intelligence SAP product.

What was your process for selecting DCS Consulting to work with?

We found DCS through an open-bid process. I believe they were a sub to another contractor.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

There have been about three initiatives that range from $100,000 to $150,000 each. They get the projects done in a matter of months.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

The last project was the finalization of torts, which was completed in 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

The biggest improvement was the workload imposed on the current IT staff at JAG. We literally had to run reports for different groups every week and every month. Now, they can run the reports themselves. It freed up either people's time, or as our staff has continued to dwindle, it's not impacting the customers' service because they’re able to service themselves. However, I don’t have any hard figures for that.

Do you think the SAP product line is the right one for your organization?

I would say yes because we are expanding our area of coverage that BusinessObjects is going to use. The Torts Group liked the reporting capabilities that DCS provided so much that they talked about it and showed other divisions within their cognitive group. Now, all of them want their reporting to be generated through BusinessObjects. I enjoy working with everybody at DCS, but because we have regulations in place, I have to put everything out in open bid.

How did DCS Consulting perform during these projects?

DCS was very efficient and professional.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

The thing that I really like about DCS it seems that all their personnel that they provide to support the contract either have a wide knowledge base of the SAP products, or they have ready access to someone who can push the process through. I don’t know if you’ve ever dealt with SAP directly, but it takes a long time to get answers from customer service. I could be waiting for two or three days. If DCS handled it, and it was within their purview, they normally would answer within a matter of hours, or they may already know the answer.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

No. They’re very professional, and I enjoy working with them. We make sure all the project goals are met before it's closed up.

 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They always are within cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

SAP Migration for Energy Corporation

"DCS has done a good job for us in the past, so we continue to look to them to provide expertise."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Professionalism: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
1,000,000 - 9,999,999
Project summary: 

DCS Consulting Inc. provides SAP BusinessObjects expertise for an energy company. The team has worked on migrating, rewriting, and upgrading the SAP. 

The Reviewer
 
Large enterprise
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Supervisor of Information Group, Energy Corporation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team has good quality knowledge and experience. DCS finishes the work they promise and stick to their original budget. They are better than many other vendors and are considered a good firm.

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a brief description of your company?

Our business falls into the energy sector. We are strictly in the upstream side, meaning exploration and production. We have a global operation for gas and oil production.

What’s your role and responsibilities?

I am the supervisor of the administrative group, I have about 10 individuals who report to me. I work directly on information delivery, specifically as it relates to business objects and that space.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address?

We needed expertise that we didn't have in-house. We needed help to design the environment that we're going to use and then pass knowledge off to our full-time administrators. That allowed us to support they system in-house.

SOLUTION

What technologies were used?

DCS has provided us SAP expertise, specifically Business Objects. We've had one of their contractors with us for almost two years who helped us with the XIR 2 to BOBJ 3.1 migration project. We just finished with our Business Objects 4.0 project with his assistance.

Can you describe the scope of the project?

After major migrations, we like to examine our processes. We go through a real introspective look about how we do things.

When we take a look at the Webi report or a Crystal report, we consider industry best practices. Once we go through this introspective look, we write up our best practice sheet and have an entire checklist.

These are the things that we want to examine as we're getting ready to move them. We do a universe assessment. Then with that assessment, we do a number of test migrations to make sure that everything that we hope to capture in an assessment document is actually there. DCS has helped us with writing the documents that we used in the 3.1 to 4.0 migration.

What was your process for selecting DCS to work with?

We have a grouping of about 10 to 15 agencies that provide us with contractors. DCS has done a good job for us in the past, so we continue to look to them to provide expertise.

Can you provide a sense of the size of that initiative in dollar terms?

The latest project was a greater than $1 million. We're getting ready to do a major migration move project, which is going to be between $5 and $6 million.

When was the latest project completed?

September 23rd, 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any stats or metrics to track improvement?

We went through a lessons learned phase to help us improve our process the next time we go through this. The project was successful and we learned a lot for the next migrations.

What are the advantages of SAP for your company?

 We have a lot of different tools. SAP is just one of them. When it comes to reporting, we are also a SpotFire Shop. We are also taking a very close look at Microsoft BI. SAP Business Objects isn’t the only platform for us. It depends on what the specific project is and what makes sense for that particular business unit.

It provides us with a stable platform that we can report off of, other platforms also offer this though. Whenever it comes to licensing, it's tough to get a definitive answer. When it comes to their entire product portfolio, is it very focused. They have over 120 different products in their software portfolio and a lot of them overlap. It does the job for us.

How did DCS perform?

I've never had a complaint with DCS. They've always provided good solid employees. The quality of their knowledge has been top notch. The gentleman who we brought in as our architect for this particular project already had 10 3.1 to 4.0 migrations under his belt. This wasn’t his first rodeo. He knew how to work the product so the strength of knowledge was definitely there.

What's unique or special about DCS compared to other vendors or IT firms that you have worked with?

We work with a lot of good firms. I would count them among some of the good firms. DCS does all of the work that they bid on and performs well. They are better than most firms that come to us.

Is there anything you think DCS could improve upon or maybe you would do differently?

I know the biggest issue that we have when we're looking for talent is trying to find somebody when we need them and that has been a challenge. This is the case with all talented vendors. There is a limited pool of talent and to have somebody who is available when you need them is sometimes a difficult proposition.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're pricey, but it doesn’t go up or down.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

SAP Analytics Upgrade for Medical Device Company

"I know when they give me an answer, it’s something I can really trust."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Professionalism: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

DCS Consulting, Inc. performed a full technical upgrade of a SAP BusinessObjects reporting environment, ensuring that customer reporting on medical devices was not compromised in the upgrade process. 

The Reviewer
 
Large enterprise
 
Philadelphia Metro Area
Manager of SAP Systems, Medical Device Multinational
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project has improved the system and implemented great enhancements. DCS Consulting Inc. acted as a partner in the upgrade and performed very well. The team has great knowledge and expertise on SAP, and even know SAP developers in case of problems. 

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a description of your company?

We are a medical device manufacturer located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We manufacture rapid HIV tests. We also manufacture rapid hepatitis-C tests. We do drug abuse testing. We also have some cryosurgery products.

We have domestic and international sales. As a company, we’re primarily domestic. We have a DNA collection device company in Kansas as well.

What is your role and responsibilities?

My role is manager of SAP Systems. I’m responsible for the management of our SAP environment, which controls our inventory, accounting, sales and distributions. The system all houses our reporting environment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What were your company’s goals for the project?

We used DCS to upgrade our SAP BusinessObjects reporting environment. We use BusinessObjects for all of our customer reporting and user reporting, they can actually create their own reports. We’re on a prior version of the system and we use DCS to upgrade to the current version.

SOLUTION

What does the SAP platform offer your company?

Business Objects with SAP adds some natural integration to the SAP environment. Pulling data out becomes easy to do. It also allows us the capability of pulling multiple data sources. We have our SAP data, which is incredibly important but we also have other data that we either receive from our partners or some data that we purchase. We have many pieces of information that we’re pulling into one data collection. We’re able to use the BusinessObjects toolset to report off of that combined collection.

We have sales data from our SAP system. We’ll get tracing data. Some of our products we sell to a distributor. A distributor will go and sell it to an end customer. We’re able to get that level of the transaction back from our distributor who it went to. It allows us to monitor all aspects of our supply chain and do some analytics based off of that information. The overall toolset allows us to consolidate our data. From a front-end side, we’re giving tools to our end users so they can monitor this data themselves. There are also tools for us on the IT side to create some elaborate reports on how we’re doing as a company.

What was your process for selecting DCS to work with?

DCS is a company that we used in the past. We knew one of their principles from a prior company. In that process, that person did an excellent job for us. DCS was formed later and has some great contacts within the SAP organization. They’re very knowledgeable of the product. They have had direct ties into the development team of the product. Their relationships and their knowledge has really come in handy.

Can you describe the scope of the project?

DCS’s role was the full technical upgrade of the environment but from a planning perspective and execution to develop the steps necessary to complete the upgrade. They had to go through the steps, document the changes to the environment and document all the installation steps as well.

Can you give us a sense of the size of that initiative?

I would say it’s roughly 250 to 300 man hours.

When was that project completed?

We’re in the final phases. The system was completed about a week ago. We’re still doing the go live piece now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What stats or metrics will you keep to track improvement?

This project is more of a technical requirement. It’s not really a point A to point B, but we do get some benefits with the prior set up. We did not have the system mobile deployed fully but it will be usable on iPads after this project. We won’t necessarily measure a ROI but there are definite enhancements to the system that we did not have before.

How has DCS Consulting performed?

They’ve been performing very well. I’m very happy with their efforts.

What is unique or special about them compared to some other vendors you’ve worked with?

They have been a great partner for us. I rely on their expertise and their knowledge. I know when they give me an answer, it’s something I can really trust. I trust the responses and the work they’re doing.

Is there any area that you think they can improve upon or maybe you would do differently?

I don’t think there are any specific areas I would change in how I’ve dealt with them or the work that they’ve done.

5.0
Overall Score They’ve been a really good partner for us.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes, and I have done so.