IT Systems Modernization Planning

Many of our clients are faced with a portfolio of aging information systems that are increasingly more difficult and expensive to maintain and update. Often these systems are mainframe-based systems programmed in Cobol, Assembler, Fortran or other aging languages using aging or outdated database technologies and integration methods.

At the same time, these systems contain valuable and often undocumented business rules and support customized business processes and specific state or local laws that must be supported by the new system.

NewSouth has two decades of experience helping our clients develop strategies and plans to modernize aging information systems and supporting infrastructure. We help gather or extract business and system requirements from existing systems As-is systems analysis. We also help further clarify the goals for the modernized systems using out-of-the-box methodologies and tools such as Human Centered Design sessions using collaborative software to gather and refine stakeholder input to crystalize the To-Be vision for the new system. Finally, we help our clients consider new IT architecture options such as outsourcing or cloud-based computing platforms.

NewSouth has helped our clients develop requests for proposal (RFPs), evaluate vendor responses, and assist with managing awarded vendor software implementations. In fact, over the last two decades, NewSouth has worked with our clients to oversee the modernization and implementation of thirteen statewide information systems in the State of North Carolina.

IT Consulting and Systems Development

You can rely on NewSouth to provide qualified consultants to help you with your information technology projects.  Our expertise spans the realm of information technology from information architecture planning and design to complete system development life cycle support for new and existing applications on a wide variety of technology platforms.   Contact us to provide complete development teams to deliver turnkey applications or to provide specific skill sets to supplement your existing development resources.  NewSouth has a history of successful delivery of high-profile, highly complex projects for our clients.  We provide expert resources with the following skill sets:

  • Project Management
  • Business and Systems Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • IT Architectural Analysis
  • Programming and Database Management
  • System Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Data Conversion and Data Integration
  • Configuration and Change Management
  • Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)

Organizational Assessments and Business and Process Reengineering

NewSouth consultants are specialists at analyzing client businesses so that we fully understand your business objectives and the processes that you use to reach your objectives.  By reviewing your organizational mission, goals and objectives and business activities, NewSouth can help design or realign your organization to more efficiently and effectively achieve your organizational goals and objectives. We work with clients to help them develop more streamlined business processes by leveraging technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)

Once you have invested in the development of new applications or enhancements to existing applications, how do you know that you will get what you paid for?  Let NewSouth work with your project team to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) to ensure your application meets your functional and technical requirements and specifications and to validate that the system adequately meets your intended functionality and business needs.

NewSouth’s IV&V approach is founded on the practices and tools of our IV&V framework, built for large projects with complex module integrations. Our approach accommodates a variety of development and implementation approaches (e.g., Agile, hybrid Agile, waterfall) and is a collection of integrated processes, templates, checklists, best-in-class documents, and a training/certification program, all based on IEEE 1012 and other industry standards, best practices, and our own extensive experience providing IV&V services. Our approach provides superior support specifically for DHHS projects and the Medicaid Enterprise Certification Lifecycle (MECL) and includes processes, tools, and standards that validate project alignment with CMS’s Seven Conditions and Standards (SCS) and the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) 3.0.

ERP Planning and Implementation

NewSouth has proven expertise in assisting large organizations with ERP planning and implementation. We assist clients with defining the scope of the ERP implementation, gathering ERP requirements, developing ERP implementation strategies and roadmaps, writing RFPs, evaluating vendor responses, and providing Project Management Office (PMO) services to oversee vendor ERP solution implementations.

K-12 Information Systems Integration & Data Warehousing

NewSouth has specialized systems integration expertise in the K-12 Education sector and has overseen the implementation of student and staff identity systems, state longitudinal data systems (SLDS), and systems integration middleware for the State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Integrated disparate information from more than 30 authoritative data sources into one well-structured data warehouse with a logical user interface.  Built business intelligence dashboards and constructed US Department of Education EDFacts reports that are sourced from the data warehouse.