Think: Consulting Services
Cascades offers a range of services that are customizable to our clients’ needs. Cascades has provided outstanding service in the areas of web application development, integration, and security.
Understanding and responding to the myriad IT governance requirements poses a significant challenge for most organizations and Federal agencies. Significant performance and reporting requirements in the areas of Capital Planning and Investment Control, Enterprise Architecture, Earned Value Management, and Performance Measurement can seem overwhelming. Cascades brings sold experience and knowledge of these areas and will provide strategic support, resulting in accurate reporting. We will ensure that your business processes are documented and in alignment with strategic mandates and goals to guide you in reporting your successes.
IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture
IT Governance is a central part of managing the strategic goals and mission, financial management, and regulatory compliance of an agency. Cascades works in close partnership with all of our clients to assist them in accomplishing their unique mission, goals, and objectives. We accomplish this through a proven and mature methodology of collaborative strategic planning, business process reengineering, and enterprise architecture planning, including short term and long term IT modernization planning and execution. We have significantly lowered program risks for our clients, improved their overall performance, and improved their technical proficiency and capabilities.
Cascades supports IT Business Transformation in compliance with the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Framework and supporting models. Our experienced analysts will help you assess your current state business architecture and identify the steps needed to implement an enhanced organizational architecture. Our business driven approach includes the Business, Technical, and Performance components of your organization as well as the Service and Data components, which correspond to the FEA reference models. Cascades will support your efforts to develop a business approved architecture and will support and lead adoption efforts.
The high-level roadmap for your organization’s goals and business objectives.
Justification for the selection and funding of IT projects, ensuring that your organization meets its certification and accreditation goals.
The development and use of quantifiable key performance measures to demonstrate results and continuous improvement.
Section 508 requires Federal agencies to ensure that individuals with disabilities who are members of the public or Federal employees have access to and use of electronic and information technology (EIT) that is comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The requirements of Section 508 apply to an agency's procurement of EIT, as well as the agency's development, maintenance, or use of EIT.
IT Security Services
Cascades' security team has the experience to redevelop legacy applications and integrate them with our clients’ applications and web portals. Our technical professionals can develop and maintain back-end enterprise databases in Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server while enforcing data integrity and privacy.
As an example of our commitment to success and the highest levels of security management and control, the Cascades has achieved an unprecedented number of “Green” ratings for OPA during FY2008. The Cascades team itself achieved a “Green” rating during the last four quarters of FY2008 on the following IT Governance Criteria:
- Management of Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M)
Computer Security Incident Response Capability (CISRC) Management
Security Requirements and Costs Monitoring
Contingency Plan Documentation and Testing
Security Program Management
Program and Project Management
Cascades' experienced and knowledgeable team of program and project management professionals will help your organization achieve its strategic IT and business objectives. Our program/project management professionals have years of experience helping clients achieve success through efficient and results-oriented management. This focused approach to program/project management and process improvement helps to improve organizational efficiency. Cascades structured approach ensures that solutions that are completed on time and within budget; effectively managing the costs, schedule and scope of each project.
Cascades has successfully implemented structured Project Management Offices (PMO's) to assist our clients' business is in alignment with identified goals and they are able to achieve the desired results through structured and efficient processes. Cascades has a large pool of talented and certified Project Management Professionals who implement our project methodology based on the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standards and practices.