Our goal is to provide complete, integrated technology consulting services to our clients. Often institutions are forced to make technology decisions when they do not have the resources to make well-informed decisions. VNA Solutions can help. We have the technical expertise as well as the educational experience to help make those decisions in a cost-effective manner.
Our goals center around building long-term relationships with our clients, based on honesty, integrity and quality of service. In addition, we strive to create and maintain an environment of trust where VNA staff can demonstrate their best qualities and are enriched by their career experience, while our clients enjoy the assurance of quality, dependable services. Our goal is that our clients become empowered by, instead of dependent on us.
Changing a core-business process application is no easy task. And, per industry standard best practices, these applications should be reviewed for replacement every 5-10 years. Districts are typically not staffed to accommodate a significantly-sized implementation project. VNA Solutions can provide the district with the technical resources and experiences to augment the district project team. Our trained experienced staff can help jump start the districts core team and provide the required skill sets.
Our team has the experience to turn your implementation project from a painful experience to one where you truly realize project goals and other rewards!
VNA consultants have years of expertise in preparing and evaluating Requests for Proposals (RFP). Our experience implementing multiple vendors’ solutions provides a strong foundation in what is available in the marketplace, so that districts don’t ask for too little, or require the unachievable. We help developed RFP specifications that clearly reflect the needs of a district and ensure a “apples-to-apples” comparison of the proposed solutions.
We help the district select the solution that best meets the district’s needs.While VNA has experience with a variety of administrative solutions on the market today, VNA has no exclusive ties to any software or hardware vendor, no compensation agreement for recommending a particular vendor’s solution, and no bias toward any specific set of solutions. Our independence and knowledge of K-12 software provides our clients with an objective appraisal of how well each particular vendor’s solution fits the district’s requirements.
We can assist with managing vendor demonstrations. Sales-speak is influential. Wading through the marketing material to get to the cold hard facts about each application system can be daunting. Our staff has experience, both from the vendor perspective as well as the customer perspective to easily differentiate fact from fiction. We can help develop true cost comparisons.
Once the final decision is made, our staff can assist with contract negotiations, vendor management, delivery management, and overall implementation management.
State and Federal Reporting
School districts are required to submit data and information to governing bodies and institutions. Our expertise in state and federal reporting requirements allows school districts to identify solutions that will not only satisfy their current requirements but are scaleable towards the future.
Each state within the union has a similar need and all of them have implemented a slightly different solution. Yet, they all are concerned with accurate, timely information. VNA’s experience in the business practices of school districts and their familiarity of state and federal reporting provide a unique perspective of being able to provide solutions that ease the workload of both groups.
Getting information into the database is one thing, getting the correct information out is another. With backgrounds in the classroom and central office, VNA understands the information needs of schools. The solutions and designs produced by VNA are then aligned to those requirements. VNA has developed a variety of custom reports that provide the information our clients need in the format best suited for their use.
We have developed reports and other information gathering tools for all facets of student records management. One way to ensure your users use the new application is to make sure they benefit from its use. For example, if your goal is to track program participation, provide program specialists with class lists. That way your staff with have a vested attitude towards making sure program participation data is accurate, complete and timely.
We manage projects, from small, simple projects to large, complex projects, with an excellent track record of delivering quality products on time and on budget. Our simple approach and collective experience in project management allow us to manage all stages of your project. While our primary focus is implementation projects, we’ve a broad base of project management experience ranging from business process re-design, software selection, and software development. Our experience in project management include developing state reports, migrating legacy systems to web-enabled systems, and implementing student information systems in large school districts.
Project management is much more than a Gannt chart. Software implementation projects are typically people projects. If your team is not focused on the people-aspect of the implementation project, it may be a sign they require assistance. The technical aspects of most projects are easily resolvable; the people components require careful planning and execution. Just like computer programs, technology responds consistently to instructions, people typically do not. Project management involves creating relationships of trust, confidence and quality. VNA’s project managers are experienced people-managers, not software technicians. VNA has that unique blend of people, process, technology and management skills needed to ask the right questions, form a cohesive team, build stakeholder involvement, mitigate risks and deliver on-target results.
VNA understands enterprise wide information management needs and software tools. Our consultants have in-depth technical knowledge of financial systems including BiTech Financials.
VNA’s database administration experience provides implementation, backup and recovery strategies, performance assessment and tuning, and ongoing 24/7 support. VNA’s DBA consultants manage a variety of installs ranging from school districts to financial institutions. Hardware OS skills include UNIX, IBM RS6000, IBM SP2 for AIX, UNIX, Sun Solaris, Linux, NT Server, Windows 95/98/2000/NT. Oracle background ranges from Oracle v5 RDBMS to Oracle 7/8/8i/9i. Informix background ranges from 7.3 – 9.4.