VF Partners - Project Management Consulting - CNRA


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In January of 2016, VF Partners was selected to provide Business Transformation services to the entire California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) as they began their transition to the new California State Financial Information System commonly referred to as the FI$Cal Project. We have been working with 22 of the Agency Departments in a staged process and have gained tremendous experience and have developed methodologies and tools during this process. VF Partners created and utilized a custom developed methodology and a tool set for the Business Process Redesign (BPR) "As-Is"/"To-Be" analysis to apply a streamlined, standardized process and documentation approach, to give CNRA the level of understanding and level of detail.

VF Partners provided a team to support the transition from many different accounting systems to the new statewide FI$Cal integrated financial management system. This methodology and our team’s approach has proved highly successful with 14 departments going live on schedule as of August 2017. VF Partners is working on post go-live conversion, data validation, catch up transactions and operating budget activities for those departments that have gone live to date. 

Key Activities and Deliverables include:

  • Creating and maintaining overall project documentation and project schedule
  • Analyzing the unique responsibilities and requirements of each Agency Department
  • Gather questions from staff and managers and provide solutions from FI$Cal subject matter experts
  • Performed extensive as-is and to-be process analysis and Gap analysis to develop new processes that will integrate with the FI$Cal system
  • Create test cases for user acceptance testing
  • Provide expertise and training to help CNRA departments understand the FI$Cal system and how it will affect their financial management and other functions
  • Identify legacy systems and documentation that can be retired or replaced
  • Facilitate meetings between department staff, department managers, and FI$Cal
  • Report to CNRA senior managers as well as individual department stakeholders and CIOs
  • Developed a reliable and scalable methodology to facilitate the transition for each department from any of several legacy applications to the new standard FI$Cal system
  • Provide post go-live support services

CNRA's mission is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved. CNRA provides agency oversight for departments like California State Parks, Fish & Wildlife and Cal Fire. ​

​​​​Project: FI$Cal Business Transformation

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