What is Technology Integration?
Technology Integration (TI) is a customized
consulting and technical support service, using both off-the-shelf and custom designed
computer applications, intended to assist organizations in effectively applying technology
to their business needs. TI helps organizations stay ahead of their competition. It can be
the difference between an entity that excels and one that merely survives. TI is specifically
designed to help organizations achieve their operating goals. Schumaker & Company
specializes in providing client consultation in the following areas:
Application Package Selection
As part of Schumaker & Company’s TI services, we provide clients with assistance in
software application package selection. We aid clients in the selection and installation
of many various types of software packages for a wide range of potential operating platforms.
Application packages may include standard accounting, manufacturing, inventory control,
order entry, or distribution applications, or may be specialized applications which
suit your particular needs.
Hardware and Software Installation
Schumaker & Company provides the expertise for cost-effective installation and
set-up of both hardware and software for your organization.
Schumaker & Company sells no hardware or software. We only help select, recommend, and
install hardware and software purchased from third-party dealers, so you are assured we
will objectively choose the best products on the market that meet your business needs.
Network Installation and Maintenance
Your organization may need to add or share printer or modem equipment, improve interoffice
communications with electronic mail, access a remote mainframe at the home office, or log
onto the Internet. We can show your staff how to access these capabilities or, if you
choose, perform the work for you.
Schumaker & Company offers consulting services for all phases of network installation
and maintenance. We specialize in Windows NT and 2000, but we can assist in tailoring any
system to your specific needs. Our goal is to balance power, ease-of-use, and cost factors
so you get optimal performance across the entire network. Today’s networks are more than
just file sharing tools. When integrated with Internet interfaces, they can provide a
platform for conducting virtually all business operations. Whether your needs require
linking two computers or a hundred, our networking experts can help, either through
new installations or by making modifications to existing ones.
Document Management & Production
Schumaker & Company’s document management & production (DMP) technique is a highly
structured approach to the development and production of proposals, reports, and other documents.
It streamlines the creative process through application of the latest technological tools.
Schumaker & Company can instruct your personnel in the use of DMP. Additionally, we offer
structured training on the advanced features of Microsoft products.
Planning and Optimization of Information Technology
Many of our clients have been concerned about the overall effectiveness of their management,
organizational structure, technical environment, or major operating policies and
procedures with regard to information technology or data processing functions. In response to
these needs, we have developed a program to perform assessments of their IT development,
maintenance, support, and operations activities, recommend alternatives and assist in the
implementation of changes as a means of streamlining operations and reducing costs. We assist
our clients in determining the basic direction of their information systems and technology plans
and ensure that they align with the organization’s overall strategies and plans. We help to
determine the information needs of different levels of users as input to planning, designing,
developing, and deploying systems and applications.
User Requirements Definition and Needs Assessment
When clients consider changes in information technology or systems, we help to examine their
objectives; define their general requirements, including those in the software, hardware and
telecommunications areas; and determine detailed functional requirements of all areas affected.
We analyze the feasibility of implementation, as well as the effort involved, and help develop
an Invitation to Bid, if desired.
Software Design and Development
We develop software that exactly meets our clients’ needs, tailoring the software to
each organization’s specific business processes. Our software design and development processes
include rapid systems development techniques using structured project quality management
activities for monitoring and tracking project activities. It includes continuous product review
and documentation, right from the start, in close cooperation with managers and users. This
methodology ensures a high quality product, which is free of defects, easy to use, and certain
to achieve the client’s desired outcome.
Schumaker & Company designs both simple and complex custom applications using Microsoft
products or other products as applicable. Applications can be created entirely from the
ground up to fit a specific need, or we can custom tailor adaptations of one or more
existing application packages. We can provide custom programming in all Microsoft desktop and
server application packages. We can combine various repetitive tasks, such as overnight
updating of database reports, program startup, system backup to tape, and initiation of
unattended file transfers to other systems.
Software Implementation Assistance
We evaluate, implement, and optimize software applications using management tools such as
relational databases, spreadsheets, accounting systems and word processing for mainframe,
minicomputer, and microcomputer environments, as well as perform these same functions for
clients with local and wide area networks.