eVerge Group’s Mentoring Program

Written by John McClaran

Mentoring-ProgramUsing mentoring, eVerge Group links employees with experienced professionals for career development in their consulting jobs. An eVerge Group mentor facilitates a consultant’s personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge and insights that have been learned through years of experience.

The two main goals of the eVerge Group mentoring program are to improve connectivity and to increase an employee’s speed to competence. Employees of the eVerge Group work at diverse locations around the world and are largely reliant on technology to connect with staff and fellow employees at headquarters. Mentoring puts a human face on technology. Mentors are used to facilitate greater connectivity between our consultants and headquarters staff as well as between remotely-located consultants who because of geographic differences may otherwise never get the opportunity to collaborate. Mentors are the” linking pins” in the organization. They facilitate connections and communication up and down the chain, and work to knit together an efficient, homogenous corporate culture despite the distributed nature of the enterprise.

The second goal is to increase an employee’s speed to competence.  This means that an employee is not needlessly  struggling in any endeavor; be it new consultants trying to orient themselves to the company, a consultant needing specialized training and instruction, or a junior consultant looking for career guidance. A mentor is assigned to each employee to ensure that they can fulfill their career development needs in the most efficient manner possible. Our mentoring network is designed to facilitate our consultants’ success by improving connectivity and ensuring that no one struggles to fulfill their career aspirations.

The mentoring program consists of three basic components designed to support the two primary goals of the program. A 90-day structured mentoring program, a long-term individual self-development program and a social networking component.

The 90-day structured mentoring program is designed for new hires or those seeking to master a specific skill or training program in a relatively short period of time. The key to this program is the Individual Development Plan (IDP), which is essentially a contract between the mentor and mentee centered on specific learning objectives and desired outcomes.  Through a series of regularly scheduled meetings over 90 days the employee works with the mentor toward successful fulfillment of the goals and objectives agreed to in the IDP.

The next component is individual self-development. This involves an ongoing relationship between a mentor and mentee related to longer-term career goals and individual development of the competencies needed to be successful in consulting jobs at eVerge Group. The IDP is used to track and record an employee’s self-development activities and as a means for the mentor to stay in touch with an employee’s development efforts over time.  Meetings between the mentor and mentee in this program are less frequent and formal but nonetheless for the mentee, it means an ongoing relationship with a person who is genuinely interested in facilitating his or her personal and professional development.

The third component is social networking. As an organization of geographically dispersed teams, eVerge Group believes that the power of social networking in the workplace will greatly enhance our ability to handle any challenge. It improves our ability to organize and empower each individual in the company to collaborate across the enterprise faster, farther, and deeper than ever. At eVerge Group, we have embraced this technology as a perfect complement to our organizational structure.  We have an active group site on LinkedIn where employees from across the company collaborate and share ideas.  With the coming implementation of our new Fusion Human Capital Management application, we will be taking workplace social networking to the next level.   Fusion provides us with an in-house social networking application that will greatly enhance our ability to facilitate our employee’s personal and professional development and their ability to contribute to the company’s continued success.

Taken as a whole the mentoring program is designed to foster a culture of continuous learning, where every employee is supported and encouraged to become their very best. It is also representative of the recognition and value placed by the company on its employees and its commitment to ensure that we train and retain the most highly skilled consultants in the industry.

About the author: John McClaran has been involved in employee training and development for over twenty years. He is currently working for eVerge Group on a variety of initiatives and projects in support of the Human Resources and Marketing Departments.

eVerge Group Selects Oracle Fusion HCM for Internal Human Resources and Payroll Applications

Internal Implementation Enhances Oracle Fusion HCM Insights and Expertise

Plano, Texas (January 12, 2012) – eVerge Group, a Platinum level member of Oracle
PartnerNetwork (OPN) with nearly 20 years experience implementing HCM applications, has selected Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) to manage its own human resources and payroll activities. According to eVerge Group president, Esteban Neely, “We are deploying Oracle Fusion HCM as a hosted, SaaS-based application and believe it will provide the functionality and flexibility we are looking for at a reasonable cost.”
By implementing Oracle Fusion HCM within the company, eVerge Group will gain an in-depth understanding of Oracle Fusion HCM capabilities, interfaces and reporting/analytics from both an implementer and customer perspective. As a result, eVerge Group will be one of the first to offer a rapid-deployment “Express” Oracle Fusion HCM solution that will enable customers to go live anywhere from eight to 26 weeks depending on the number of components implemented.

According to Neely, “We are very excited about Oracle Fusion HCM applications and believe our customers will be extremely impressed with the intuitive user interface, embedded analytics, integrated social capabilities and ability of Oracle Fusion HCM to co-exist with other Oracle ERP applications. With eVerge Group’s ‘Express’ solution, customers will be able to implement Oracle Fusion HCM in weeks.”

About eVerge Group
Founded in 1993, eVerge Group is a leading integrator of business applications software, focused on delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (OBIEE), Master Data Management (MDM) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. With longevity and focused expertise in both commercial and public sector markets, eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner and implements software solutions in leading organizations throughout the Americas. For more information on eVerge Group, visit www.evergegroup.com.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit www.oracle.com/partners.

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eVerge Group Achieves Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Education & Research Industry

eVerge Group is proud to be recognized by Oracle PartnerNetwork as having achieved OPN Specialized status for our Oracle implementation services for school districts. The full press release is available below.

Oracle Recognizes eVerge Group for Expertise in Providing ERP and School Performance Analytics Solutions for School Districts.

(Plano, Texas) – eVerge Group, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN),
today announced it has achieved OPN Specialized status for the Education and Research Industry.

To achieve Specialized status, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of
requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customer and partner
community. By achieving Specialized distinction, eVerge Group has been recognized by
Oracle for its expertise in delivering services specifically for school districts through
competency development, business results and proven success.

eVerge Group has been implementing ERP and BI systems for school districts since
2001 and has developed a School Performance Analytics solution which provides school
districts with integrated information and analysis capabilities designed to improve
student, teacher, school and district performance. “Delivering integrated performance improving solutions for school districts has been a major focus for us for over 10 years,”
according to eVerge Group president, Esteban Neely. “Achieving Specialized status in
this industry is confirmation of the expertise and experience we bring when working with
our school district clients.”

About eVerge Group
Founded in 1993, eVerge Group is a leading integrator of business applications
software, focused on delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer
Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI), Master Data Management
(MDM) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. With longevity and
focused expertise in both commercial and public sector markets, eVerge Group is an
Oracle Platinum Partner that implements software solutions in leading organizations
throughout the Americas. For more information on eVerge Group, visit
www.evergegroup.com.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner
program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle
solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge
of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product
portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN
is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are
achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven
success. To find out more visit http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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