Take Advice from Yoda
Posted by Paul Angelo / May 21, 2017

“Do. Or do not. There is no try,” said the Jedi Master. It turns out Master Yoda’s dictum applies to making IT work just as much as it does to fighting the Dark Side in a galaxy far, far away. Advans has successfully delivered every project it has undertaken on time and on budget. We don’t use the Force, like Yoda, but instead apply our understanding of technology, project management and the sort of discipline and rigor any Padawan would recognize. This means focusing on Best Practices, documentation, and change management in addition to technology. Or as we like to say, the sort of “Adult Supervision” a Jedi Master provides. ...

UMass ETL and BI Migration
Posted by Paul Angelo / May 21, 2017

The Advans Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Team has completed its tool migration of the University of Massachusetts’s enterprise-wide data warehouse application. For this project Advans: 1. Migrated Informatica objects to DataStage 2. Migrated Cognos objects to Oracle Business Intelligence The objective was to retire both Informatica and Cognos. To do this, Advans also created a Java application to programmatically move Cognos objects to OBIEE. A white paper is now available on the Advans website describing the project methodology and its use BI conversion tool: ...

The Advans Global Operations center is a combination of a Network Operations Center, (“NOC”) and a Security Operations Center, (“SOC”). The GOC also includes IT administrative and testing software. Global Operations Center/Datacenter Appliance The Advans Global Operation Center (“GOC”) is like a Network Operations Center (“NOC”), except that Advans securely monitors not only peripheral network devices, i.e., firewalls, switches, routers, etc. like a NOC, but also individual servers, applications and databases. Therefore, an entire datacenter can be monitored from outside the firewall. To do this, Advans h...

UMass Data Warehouse Upgrade
Posted by Paul Angelo / May 21, 2017

The Advans Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Team has completed its upgrade of the University of Massachusetts’s enterprise-wide data warehouse application. Part of this project involved Advans creating a lab in its datacenter for testing upgrade procedures before running them on UMass’ applications. Advans deployed a netPulz virtual WAN to connect its datacenter to two UMass datacenters because: Site-to-site connections can be set-up in minutes Using data in real-time cut the project timeline significantly Ease of management when using an onsite/offshore team A white paper is now available on the Advan...

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Apocalypto Outsourcing
Posted by Paul Angelo / May 21, 2017

We’ve all heard horror stories about outsourcing, particularly when it is offshore. But the issues are real. Often, prospects meet only the experienced and qualified staff people. Customers assume that the staff working for them is just as qualified, only to later learn they are not. Engagements are very difficult to terminate, and you are still stuck with transitioning to a new support vendor or in-sourcing, while you are paying the existing vendor. Lastly, vendors are very specific with what they will do and what they won’t. Any work outside the contract scope is expensive. Don’t get taken in by:  • Bait ‘n S...