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Technology (aka nice to haves)


Technology skills offered by FireHorse Inc. (partial listing since I update this on Blue moons)

Abend-Aid, Access Manager, AIX, BAPI, CA-EZTE, CA-Librarian, CA-Utilities, CA-VOLLE, CANDE, CBD, CMS, Cognos Connection, Cognos Tools, Cognos Utilities, Cognos Web Server, Configuration Manager, DOS 6.2, DOS/JCL, DOS/VSE, DSS, DTF, EAI (Enterprise Application Integration), EDI, Editor, Endevor, Expression Editor, File-Aid, FTP, GLOS, GuardIEn, HADOOP, ICCF, IDMS Utilities, Impact Analysis Tool, Infopac, Internet Explorer, Intertest, IOF, Lantastic, MetaCensus, Metrics Manager, MQ Series, MVS/ESA, MVS/JCL, Netscape, OLFU, OnBase, On-Demand Host, OOD, OOP, OLAP, OLTP, OS/2, OS/370, OS/390, OS/400, OS/JCL, OS/MVS, Panvalet, Platinum Metadata Repository, Portfolio, PREDICT, QA/QC testing, Rational Utilities, ROSCOE, SAR, SCHD, Scheduler, Script Editor, SMS, SPOC, Syncsort, Teradata Utilities, Test Case Recorder, Test Harness, Transaction Explorer, TSO:ISPF/PDF, UNIX, UNIX Scripting (Bourne, C, Korn Shell), UpFront, VBEditor, VM, VMS, VSAMUTIL, Windows 3.1/95/98/2000, Windows CE, Windows NT Server, Windows XP, Xchange, Xpediter, z/OS.

Ab Initio, ABAP/4, Activex, Actuate, Ada, ADSO, Advantage GEN, APS, Architect, ASP, AutoCAD, BASIC, BMS, Brio, Business Objects, C/C++, CICS, Cognos Business Intelligence Suite, Cognos Query, Cognos Visualizer, CLIST, COBOL I/II/III, COBOL/370, COBOL/400, Cognos, CONSTRUCT, Cool:Gen, Crystal Reports, Data Manager, Datastage, DecisionStream, Delphi, DL/I, DTS, DYL-280 II, Easytrieve Plus, ERWin, Excel, Focus, FORTRAN, 4Thought, Frameworks Manager, HTML, Hyperion Essbase, IDEAL, IEF, Impromptu, Impromptu Web Reports (IWR), Informatica, NQuire, Java, Lotus Notes, MapInfo, MathCAD, MicroFocus Cobol, MS Office, MS Project, Microstrategy, Natural/Natural 2, Omni/SQL, Oracle Designer, Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, Oracle Warehouse Builder, PASCAL, Perl, PL/1, PL/SQL, PowerBuilder, PowerConnect, PowerHouse, PowerPlay, PowerPlay Web (PPW), PowerPoint, PowerPrompts, Process Designer, QBE, QMF, Query Studio, Queryman, QUIKJOB, Report Studio, ReportNET, REXX, RPG III/IV, SAPScript, SAP BI, SAS (BASE), SAS BI, SAS/Connect, SAS/GRAPH, SAS Macro, SAS/SQL, SAS/STAT, Scenario, SCOBOL, SPUFI, SQL, SQL Assistant, SQL*Plus, Tableau, Teradata Administrator, TOAD, Transact SQL, Transformer, Visual Basic, VB.NET, VBA, Visio, Visualizer, Visual Studio.NET, WebFOCUS, Websphere, XML.

GEAC Millennium Series, Lawson, MSA Accounting, Oracle Financials (AP, AR, FA, FV, GL, HR, PA, PER, PO, RA), PeopleSoft, SAP R/3 (Basis, MM, FI, CO, SD, HR, BW).

Access, Adabas, Datacom, DB/2, DB2/UDB, DBase III+/IV, DMS, Focus, IDMS, IMS DB/DC, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, SYBASE, Teradata, Total/TOTL, VSAM.
The latest and greatest, bleeding-edge, state-of-the-art bio-chemical super computers. Capable of self-programming, heuristic learning, paradigm shifts, fuzzy logic, intuitive leaps, life-support, and getting into deep trouble...

Hey, you already know about these things - intimately - since you came with your own already conveniently packaged in your bodies! Ah, well. Maybe we should just list our skills instead.

We are a consulting team specializing in:
- solving problems clients actually care about

- getting the results YOU need to shine!

- cutting to the heart of the matter

- defining the crux with clarity

- finding umpteen ways to leverage your existing technology and skills to get the goals achieved

- following your lead on onboarding technology you have committed to

Our analytical team has over 30 years of experience in Management Information Systems (MIS). We provide hands-on project management. We do grunt-work. Heck, we do anything our clients want! AND we do it well!

We have experience in the following industries/domains:

- aerospace

- engineering

- manufacturing

- banking

- investments

- international finance

- mortgage

- financial services

- federal

- state

- county

- regional

- local

- non-governmental organizations

- business

- property

- casualty

- medical

- dental

- optical

- other insurance organizations

- logistics

- transportation

- component manufacturing

- medical

- dental

- optical

- mental health

- public health

- pharmaceutical

- laboratory services

- retail and e-business

- telecommunications and technology companies.

We also have experience with the overall business process including (everything!):
- Master (Reference) Data Management (MDM)

- customer/member relationship management (CRM)

- supply chain mangement (SCM)

- business process re-engineering (BPM)

- rightsourcing (onshore, offshore, contigency, mixed, virtualized)

Our experience includes:

- Developing and implementing Activity-Based Costing (ABC), Active Data Warehousing (ADW), Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW), Data Warehouses (DW), Data Marts (DM), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Executive Information Systems (EIS) including dash-boarding, Integrated Data Repositories (IDR), Integrated Data Stores (IDS), Operational Data Stores (ODS), and Application Data Stores (ADS)

- Developing and maintaining enterprise-wide data models, Extended Logical Data Models (ELDM), Logical Data Models (LDM), Physical Data Models (PDM), Key-Based Data Models (KBDM), and Transactional Data Models (TDM)

- Developing and maintaining the Metadata Repository and data dictionary, and supporting Master/Reference Data Management (MDM) efforts

- Encouraging and leading Data Governance (DG) and Data Stewardship efforts

- Encouraging and leading Configuration Management (CM) and the adoption/creation of enterprise-wise IT and process standards (Best Practices)

- Led Customer Data Integration (CDI), Customer Resource Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Product (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)/Business Engineering (BE) efforts.

- Building consensus and leading data integration, semantic reconciliation, and data harmonization efforts

- Discussing the pros, cons, and overlaps in the Ralph Kimball vs. Bill Inmon approaches, normalizations vs. de-normalization, 3NF vs. DNF (star schema or snowflake schema), top-down vs. bottom-up approaches, abstraction vs. specificity; and the hybridizations that allow for flexibility while improving performance (views, join indexes, aggregate join indexes, functions, macros, stored procedures, global volatile temporary aggregate tables, materialized views, etc.)

- Reviewing and assessing existing data processing methods and techniques

- Rationalizing existing systems and procedures to correct deficiencies and maintain more effective data handling, conversion, input/output requirements, and storage

- Designing documentation deliverables including: process models, process decomposition diagrams, network architecture diagrams, data models, data flow diagrams, entity-relationship diagrams (ERD)

- Modeling processes, work-flows, and structures

- Analyzing and developing complex database designs, data models, and relationship modeling

- Depicting the flow of data within and between technology systems and business functions/operations

- Identifying and resolving information flow and content issues

- Transforming business requirements into logical and physical data models; and transforming logical data models into physical-ized, versioned or instanced data structures

- Eliminating data redundancy and providing single sources of data while maintaining an enterprise-wide perspective

- Administering databases and ensuring the recoverability of database structures

- Working with the development teams, system analysts to ensure optimal normalization and maintain and change the logical database structure

- Working with managers and users to develop business requirements and to analyze/model current and proposed business process flows

- Analyzing procedures and problems to refine data and convert to programmable form to increase efficiency

- Performing optimization analysis

- Performing database performance tuning and re-organizations

- Developing documentation of database information, methods, procedures, tasks, and standards.

- Compliance with CMMI/Six Sigma standards.

- Critical thinking, information synthesis, priority management, and project planning and control.

- Brain-storming, teeth-gnashing, hair-rumpling, chest-thumping
- Hand-holding, mother-hen scolding, kvetching, and conga lines...

And a partridge in a pear tree! Whoops, got carried away there for a minute...