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30-Day Blitz to create supply chain visibility system for Starbucks Coffee.
                The CIO of a national distributor says the lessons he gleaned from a 2500-year-old Taoist philosopher helped him come up with a low-cost inventory system
                that worked...........

30-Day Blitz for quality control at Microsoft Xbox Group.
                We IT folks get no respect from the business world. And Im mad as heck and Im not gonna take it anymore! No more snide remarks from finance; no more insults
                 from operations; no more blank stares and shoulder.............

30-Day Blitz for a national restaurant chain.
                OK, listen up, my Agility Corps friends. Here's the situation. Your company acquired a new operating unit and needs to provide systems for it to meet its business
                objectives. Headquarters sent out a bunch of analysts, but things got too complex. The fog closed in. It's past 90 days now, and all that's been produced are
                half-baked program code that crashes unexpectedly and loose-leaf binders full of incoherent specifications. Your company needs...........


Information Technology Strategic Planning & Execution, Budget Setting Process - An Encore white paper

A large firm within the financial services / insurance sector was challenged by a need to deliver large transformational programs to support critical business initiatives while also focusing on reducing costs to stay competitive with industry leaders


Implement Universal Product Codes on iSeries applications - An Encore white paper

A leading distributor of housekeeping and maintenance supplies, industrial packaging, food service disposables, and related products converts to UPC codes on its enterprise-level application on the iSeries configuration.


SQL Performance Assessment - An Encore Case Study
Case Study - Visa Processing (ESPA)

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The mission of this Encore SQL Performance Assessment (ESPA) was to examine the client's existing SQL Server environment and make recommendations for improving performance, security and implementing best practices.

Learn more about Encore's SQL Performance Assessment (ESPA) and other database services


News: Encore Achieves IBM Premier Business Partner Status
Encore achieves IBM Premier Business Partner Status

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We are pleased to announce that Encore has earned the distinction of IBM Premier Business Partner specializing in the WebSphere, Rational, and Information Management brands.

Learn more about Encore's partnership with IBM


A “Jump Start” for your Intranet Portal

Your company does not have an intranet that provides a way for employees to collaborate and share information. Solution: How the Encore SharePoint “Jump Start” works:


SharePoint - There's More than One Way to Get Files into SharePoint - An Encore White Paper

When most people think of uploading files to SharePoint, they think of navigating to the site, clicking upload, choosing their file and saving it. While it's true that you can upload files this way, there are other options that might be more effective that you should educate your users on.


Accelerate Your Organization’s Performance - An Encore White Paper

The ability to improve business performance is a critical requirement for organizations and the people who manage them.


Parts Distributor Accelerates Business Unit Integrations – An Encore Case Study

Integrating disparate business units can benefit an organization through gains in complementary product offerings, industry knowledge sharing, procurement purchase power, and operational productivity.


Retail Food Distributor Accelerates Software Selection Process - An Encore Case Study

The task of selecting software applications to support specific process and organizational companies that do not perform these searches with any regularity.              


Healthcare SharePoint Portal - An Encore Case Study

Healthcare provider needs a successful implementation a quality program which means storing hundreds of documents and communicating hundreds of process metrics.


Safety Testing Microsoft .NET- An Encore Case Study

The mission of this project was to create an application to provide section managers with metrics based on analysis of past performance and predicting future workflow and throughput


Deploying Web Services and AJAX - An Encore White Paper

Standard Windows programs are usually fast and efficient because they take advantage of your computer’s memory and disk space. Web-based applications, on the other hand, rely on the web browser and any distribution is limited to updating the server end of the client-server equation. This simplifies distribution, but can also have a negative impact, namely usability.


Business Innovation - Major Insurance Company - An Encore Case Study

Effort to develop, unleash and leverage the capabilities that demonstrate the inherent innovative prowess of the enterprise. The key objective of this initiative is the generation of meaningful business results and to increase shareholder value.


Sales B2B Portal - Manufacturer of Branded Specialty Foods - An Encore Case Study

The goal of this project was to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the distributor delivery schedule information by allowing distributors to directly maintain the information.


Sustainable Advantage - 'How a Coffee Cup Can Transform Your Business' - An Encore White Paper

It is a simple, inert object that is familiar to all of us. We use it, sometimes abuse it and likely give it little thought. But examining a coffee cup is very revealing. It teaches us to recognize how our perceptions, assumptions and habits constrain our thinking and creative abilities. The lessons of the coffee cup are analogues to business. Understanding and practicing them not only removes these barriers to innovation but become the impetus for transforming how we view our business, how we think about our opportunities and ultimately how we compete.


Simple Metrics for Your Supply Chain - An Encore Whitepaper

Those who have been watching the Supply Chain Management industry over the last few years may have noticed the acceleration in the level of sophistication in supply chain management metrics.

B2B Portal Development Using WebSphere Commerce Server - An Encore Case Study

The requirement that the client articulated was to develop a comprehensive enterprise-level B2B web application based upon technical infrastructure and desired web functionality. Such a web application would complement the corporate e-commerce strategy.

Rescuing Troubled Projects - An Encore White Paper

Projects don't fail on their own accord. Some sequence of events (or lack thereof) preceded its failure. All failed projects were once projects in trouble. What are the telltale signs of a troubled project? How do you identify the problems? What corrective action can be taken to get the project back on track?


Toward a New IT Strategy -"Automate the rote and repetitious work, free up people to do the creative stuff." - An Encore White Paper

For the last 30 years, strategies for using IT mostly consisted of making multi-million dollar investments in whole new collections of hardware and software. Massive new systems were installed using expensive software packages or built from scratch. Overall, the success rate and ROI of these endeavors has been modest to put it politely.


January Business Transformation Event - A Seminar How Can A Cup of Coffee Transform Your Business?

It is a simple, inert object that is familiar to all of us. We use it, sometimes abuse it, and likely give it little thought. But examining a coffee cup is very revealing. It teaches us to recognize how our perceptions, assumptions and habits constrain our thinking and creative abilities. The lessons of the coffee cup are analogues to business. Understanding and practicing them not only removes these barriers to innovation but become the impetus for transforming how we view our business, how we think about our opportunities and ultimately how we compete.

News: Encore Consulting Services, Inc. Selected by IBM as Elite Provider


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Encore Consulting Services, Inc. has been tabbed as one of the elite providers of Supply Chain Management solutions to IBM Corporation's Small and Medium Business (SMB) marketing initiatives. With over 90,000 business-to-business relationships worldwide, IBM reaches much of their client base through extended relationships of Regional Systems Integrators (RSI), Independent Software Vendors (ISV), and consultants and integrators that make up this network. From this network, Encore was added to the SMB program as part of the top 0.5% of partners because of its knowledge of the supply chain industry, its balance of technical and functional skills, and its understanding of the particular requirements of the small and medium business community. "Our knowledge of the supply chain industry and history with SMBs enable us to provide a proven performance to our clients," notes Peter Mauro, President and CEO of Encore Consulting Services, Inc.


News: Encore Opens a New Office in Boston

Peter Mauro, President and Founder of Encore Consulting Services, Inc. and Francis Laliberte, CEO announced that Encore has opened a branch in Boston, Massachusetts.

Both Laliberte and Mauro are from the Boston area and have previous experience delivering consulting services in Boston through their affiliation with Keane, Inc. Mauro relocated from Boston to Chicago where he founded Encore in 2000. Mauro mentioned that, We know the Boston financial and software markets very well. Encore should grow in Boston because of our ability to deliver quality, and diverse IT-consulting services at reasonable cost .

The Boston facilities will be led by Bob Binney. Bob is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.Prior to joining Encore, Bob was founder and CEO of Eastmark consulting firm in Boston providing professional IT services to the financial community within the Northeast for the past 20 years.

We are pleased that Bob has joined our team .


News - Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield picks Encore Consulting Services to prepare the Public Programs for ISO9000 compliance


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Encore Consulting Services, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Public Programs function of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (“ABCBS”) to prepare the several processes used by the organization for ISO9000 certification. Encore’s senior ISO9000 consultants will follow a tailored and proven approach to analyze and prepare the functions for a comprehensive ISO9000 audit. The project is headed by Encore’s published expert in total quality and ISO9000 compliance, Dr. Manu Vora of the Illinois Institute of Technology.



 
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