- Heart Of Agile 2016 Video
The Heart Of Agile 2016 conference in Philadelphia was phenomenal fun! Take a trip through memories and moments from the conference and learn why the Heart of Agile is so incredible!
- Welcome Kristin Miller!
As a Senior Manager with Genesis Consulting Kristin is responsible for identifying, interviewing, and managing some of the most talented consultants in the country. Kristin also works directly with the executive team on account management and business development related duties. Kristin brings a proven track record of success in the recruiting field as well as account and project management. Kristin graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications from Elon University in 2007. Immediately following her college graduation Kristin started her career in New York City before relocating to Richmond, VA in 2010. Outside of work Kristin enjoys being outdoors (especially with her black lab), participating in local sports and social clubs, music, skiing, and time spent with her family in Richmond, and New Jersey. Being a very proud Jersey native, Kristin has yet to give up her NJ mobile number.
Describe your Role/Responsibilities on your project
I joined Genesis consulting as a Senior Manager. Most recently I worked for a former sister company of Genesis Consulting and bring 7 years of professional experience. As a Senior Manager I will be responsible for identifying, interviewing, and managing some of the most talented consultants in the country while working with the executive team on account management and business development related duties. I am truly looking forward to working with a team that is widely known and respected in the industry, and needless to say I am very excited about what the future may bring.
What is your favorite Hobby/activity outside of work?
I do not get to do it often, but SKIING! I started skiing at age 4 and I have loved the sport ever since. Despite the cold weather and early mornings, there is nothing like being on the slopes. You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can buy a life ticket!
What is your favorite Quote?
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan…It is nice to be reminded, that even the “greats” fall down sometimes.
Describe your most interesting client experience
My most interesting client experience… I have had a few interesting client experiences over the years, but the one that stands out to me today is when I learned to trust my gut. We always here the “customer/client” is always right, which I do believe and respect. However, I also feel that sometimes you have to trust your gut.
I was working with a client and quickly realized that no one would be good enough to fill their opening unless I cloned the individual who previously held this position. This requirement tested me on various levels, and after weeks of interviews and rejections, I found a candidate that my gut told me would knock it out of the park. She had the skills, experience and, in my opinion, had the drive needed for this role. Despite a lot of hesitation/pushback from the client’s end they finally agreed to give this candidate a chance. This candidate has now been with this company for over 5 years and received 2 promotions within that timeframe.
What fictional character best portrays your personality?
I am going to have to go with Ramona Quimby, form the Ramona Quimby series. She wasn’t afraid to get messy, always in for an adventure, loves her family, and she just can’t help herself when something looks like fun.
- Addressing Mobility Security Vulnerabilities
With Major breaches of Apple’s iCloud causing a stir in the media over the recent weeks, many people have been asking the question “Is anything safe?” Luckily, the answer is a resounding “YES.” While many users don’t bother to protect their phones from these attacks, there are security programs that can counteract the very exploits used by hackers over the past few months. SAP, partnered with VMware, has such protection in place for its applications.
The largest recent breach was actually not a weakness in Apple’s iCloud application, or a vulnerability in any application, but in the way that cell phones are actually designed to work. When an application runs, it sends certain information through a folder which is commonly shared by all applications on a phone. An exploit in the way this memory works allows a malicious, second application to hijack your main applications, and send information back to a hacker behind the scenes. Of course, this does rely on you downloading such an app, but these hackers are often very clever, hiding their malicious apps inside cloned versions of real apps that people download every day.
VMware’s AirWatch mobile management system is prepared to handle this very exploit. By isolating certain enterprise applications in their own “Content Locker,” AirWatch will safely keep sensitive data out of the hands of hackers. AirWatch also comes with a constant monitoring system which could rapidly identify the existence of malicious applications, and could even be set up to deny access to any corporate data when the device is possibly compromised.
SAP partnered with VMware to bolster its already strong mobile security. Now, new applications can be built utilizing all the security features that AirWatch offers, and that SAP has always offered, making SAP apps amongst the most secure. Also, thanks to SAP’s Mobile Place, systems will allow users to select AirWatch enabled applications and install them without needing to stop by the IT desk.
As we look at our mobility platforms, users need to verify that an enterprise mobility deployment is secure and personal and/or corporate information is protected with end-to-end security extending to users, devices, applications, content, data, email and networks. There are solutions that provide real-time device details and continuous compliance monitoring to ensure your devices and data are secure.
At the end of the day, having a mobile device security platform solution may not have spared any of the celebrities whose private data was stolen, as (presumably) none of them were using enterprise data applications, but if they did have an enterprise mobility security platform, it could have at the very least warned them about a malicious app. Moving forward, it is important to realize that these kinds of vulnerabilities do exist in our mobile devices, but there are ways to secure the important data, and SAP is trying its best to make that easy to do.
- Genesis Consulting: Named By CIO Review “20 Most Promising SAP Consulting Providers”
Genesis Consulting: Setting New Par for Strategic ERP Consulting
Productivity, efficiencies, and accelerated benefits are all critical components of today’s ERP and SAP initiatives. This creates an opportunity to evaluate the way SAP projects are being implemented. Demonstrating business value sooner and streamlining the delivery of SAP is a challenge. Having an approach that is flexible to make changes to design requirements and adapt to rigorous testing results can save SAP customers time and cost on their projects. This improves the quality of the product and increases value. Genesis Consulting, a strategic ERP consulting firm helps enterprises focus on delivering high value SAP solutions.
Headquartered in Glen Allen, VA, Genesis Consulting offers services in the area of Enterprise Resource Planning, Strategy and Advisory Services, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Program Management, Lean and Agile Coaching and Organizational Change Management.
Genesis Consulting uses Lean thinking principles and Agile techniques to successfully implement SAP solutions, increasing team productivity and efficiency. The company engages its clients with a delivery framework that supports Design Thinking for visioning and scoping, implementation plans, business process decomposition, and agile project management. “At Genesis Consulting we are committed in providing high-end and reliable SAP consulting services. We act as trusted advisors and specialized experts. We provide enterprises with the expertise to build strong leadership, functional, and technical teams that promote business effectiveness and efficiency,” says Jason Fair, CEO, Genesis Consulting. With an average experience of over 16 years of SAP consulting expertise, Genesis Consulting is passionate about SAP and Agile, and works with clients to create Agile SAP success stories.
Whether your organization is preparing for business process changes, a merger or divestiture, or upgrading your SAP solutions, Genesis Consulting delivers unbiased business solutions and strategic roadmaps for managing these initiatives. Their consultants will identify key performance metrics that help estimate the future Return On Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). To achieve these metrics, Genesis creates a high-level road map that communicates value creation and benefit realization, while providing an SAP implementation strategy and timeline.
Genesis Consulting’s SAP Agile Center of Excellence (SAP*ACE) is designed to deliver enterprises an “on demand” service by assigning SAP experts to client issues. This virtual consulting model not only decreases the customer’s expense to engage specialized SAP skills to resolve business process challenges and issues, but also allows clients to receive a full SAP Life Cycle support solution.
Go Mobile!, Genesis Consulting’s mobility solution is enabling its clients to work anywhere, anytime. Created for mobile platforms including Android, iOS and Windows, the solution includes SAP Mobile Platform including, Syclo, Sybase, and the NetWeaver Gateway. Genesis works with its customers to build and test key business scenarios that demonstrate feasibility and capability of the SAP Mobile application development, integration and infrastructure.
Genesis Consulting provides ERP support to the Public Sector, Utilities, Retail, and Consumer Products sectors. Recently, Genesis supported a U.S. Government Federal Agency in their deployment of a department-wide SAP initiative as their core financial system. Acting as the SAP lead, Genesis Consulting, leveraged their Public Sector experience to focus on operational improvements in Federal financial management, budgeting, accounting, billing, and reporting. The client was able to realize operational efficiencies and streamline business processes across their global operations. Genesis Consulting mentored and coached teams to clear over $400M in unliquidated obligations, $200M in unbilled revenues, $100M in rejected transactions, and reconciled the agency’s trial balance.
Going forward, steered by a group of highly experienced consultants, Genesis Consulting aims to serve its clients with reliable SAP services.