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Overview

Cambria’s Finance and Administration practice offers a full range of management and IT consulting services to help organizations successfully deploy, manage, and operate their business and technology investments. We offer services to support the entire systems development life cycle (SDLC) from planning, analysis, design, development, and implementation through ongoing maintenance and operations. We have supported our clients with custom development initiatives and with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software implementations.

In addition, we have a long history of serving our clients on their non-IT management consulting projects ranging from program development and analyses, procurement assistance, business case justification, feasibility study analyses, organizational assessments, strategic planning, policy and procedure development, program performance audits, and day-to-day operational support. Cambria is ready to support you in solving your most difficult business challenges today and into the future.


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING

Cambria provides services that support the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of finance and accounting practices and systems that improve overall organizational performance. While technology and systems make improvements in organizations possible, it is the response and acceptance of an organization’s human resources and business imperatives that provide the driving mechanism for sustainable change. Cambria takes its own human approach to help guide organizations to achieve success.


Selected Case Studies

The FI$Cal project is a business transformation project for state government in the areas of budgeting, accounting, procurement, and cash management. The project will prepare the state systems and workforce to function in an integrated financial management system environment. Key objectives are to replace the state's aging legacy financial systems, eliminate fragmented reporting, and improve fiscal controls to support better decision making by state managers and the California legislature.

Cambria is involved in many areas of the FI$Cal project, including business process reengineering, functional system design and configuration, testing, interfaces, system administration, training, knowledge transfer, department/user readiness, scheduling, and technical writing. Cambria’s deep understanding of State of California As-Is operations, processes, and budgeting has been critical to Accenture successfully leading the implementation of the PeopleSoft solution. Additionally, we have leveraged our professional staffing services division to become to go-to partner for Accenture on this project.

Cambria is a partner with Accenture in designing, developing, and implementing an integrated Oracle PeopleSoft and Hyperion enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for departments statewide. This project began in 2012 and will be deployed to more than 100 departments in multiple waves over approximately five years. The result of the project will be to modernize and reengineer the financial business operations of California, while eliminating many disparate and decentralized legacy systems throughout the state.

Caltrans needed to develop Strategic Plan to align departmental initiatives to the core mission of the department. Caltrans goal was to prioritize and focus its resources on meeting the Department’s five main goals: Safety, Stewardship, Delivery, Flexibility, and Stewardship.

Cambria assisted Caltrans’ executive management in the development of a department-wide Strategic Plan and associated Program-Level Action Plans (PLAP). Project activities included best practice research with similar organizations to determine the various methods of implementing performance-based management. Cambria also delivered facilitated sessions with Caltrans executives and division chiefs to develop strategic objectives and supporting strategies as well as worked with Budget Division staff to modify their practices to provide a financial linkage to the strategic plan.

The work included developing and implementing a structure and methodology for staff to create action plans and determine the associated resources necessary to support Caltrans strategies and objectives. This process continues to help Caltrans plan for the future, implement changes that improve operational efficiencies, and deliver value to all Californians served by roads, bridges, and railways.

The City of Los Angeles began an upgrade of their AMS GFS financial information management system (FMIS) to the AMS Advantage 3.8 financial management system (FMS) in the Fall of 2009. As they completed their design and embarked on their development phase, they contracted Cambria Solutions to provide quality assurance (QA) services to oversee the implementation of their new financial management system.

Cambria began the project in January of 2010 in the middle of the development phase. As part of the QA, Cambria conducted an initial baseline assessment of the various areas of the project such as project management, scope, schedule, deliverables and the quality of the deliverables, budget, resources/staffing, change management, and technical. In the first six months of the project, Cambria assisted in helping to improve various areas of the project such as recommending an integrated project plan, reorganizing the project team, and streamlining the weekly status reports.

As part of providing QA services, Cambria staff review all contractual deliverables produced by the vendor, CGI and those significant deliverables produced by the City staff such as Reporting Plan and User Acceptance Testing Plan. As course corrections were made and improvements were apparent, Cambria’s QA role shifted back to providing oversight and review.

Cambria’s QA services helped to evaluate the project across 13 functional areas and identifyied the health and risks that needed to be addressed. The project management team then responded to the risk areas by identifying and describing their mitigation strategies, due dates, and assigned resources. The project health check provided the Project Oversight Committee an objective third party view of the status and progress of the project and key areas that need their attention and focus. Cambria’s attention to detail and support in all areas of the project helped the City successfully implement a new financial management system for all 40+ departments throughout the City of Los Angeles.

The City of Sacramento sought to upgrade 11 modules of their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, PeopleSoft, including a technical upgrade to be performed to support the latest PeopleSoft version 9.1, an update of business processes to align with the latest PeopleSoft version, and change management for end users impacted by new business processes and new functionality in the upgraded version.

Cambria conducted interviews and surveys from all levels within the organization in order to develop an organizational structure and defined roles and responsibilities for a new Office of Leadership and Workforce Development. Cambria also created employee evaluation and development processes/tools and associated training curriculum.

As a result, Cambria helped develop a new Office of Leadership and Workforce Development with executive support, department wide buy-in, and near/long term plans to strategically guide leadership and workforce development. This improved communication between supervisors and employees through self-assessments, mutual goal setting, and ongoing feedback. This also helped foster joint ownership between the supervisor and employee of the employee’s development and evaluation.