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DISH Network Supply Chain Success Story: A Journey to Collaborative Planning

Akili customer DISH Network shares their Supply Chain Success Story

As the market for digital television became increasingly saturated and competition for customers intensified, companies such as DISH Network moved to a technology-driven business model that would enable an agile supply chain. Partnering with Anaplan, DISH re-engineered its supply chain to meet growth objectives and satisfy consumer demand for an ever-greater variety of products and services.

Anaplan offers a solution that can reduce end-to-end supply chain costs and profitably align your supply chain to market opportunities.

View the Slideshare presentation below on how DISH Network is planning to boost profits and reduce the cost of holding inventory by eliminating manual, spreadsheet-driven processes.

Contact Akili for additional information about Anaplan’s Supply Chain capabilities for your company at info@akili.com

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Webcast Replay: Experience SAP S/4 HANA Cloud with Akili

Watch Akili’s SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Enterprise Management Demonstration

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is SAP’s next generation ERP suite designed for in-memory computing that allows companies to “Run Live” by gaining instant access to detailed, real-time information, and execute with confidence gained from unique insights across the entire enterprise.

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers the power of a digital core with the key benefits expected from a cloud solution, including the scalability, ease of management, and the security businesses need to excel in today’s fast-paced digital economy.

Watch Akili demonstrate SAP S/4HANA Cloud’s simplicity for big data and enterprise agility. With the SAP Fiori user experience and less complex data model it is designed to run simple, and in parallel reduces the data footprint of your company.

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Akili Core Values Series: Balance

By Christina Neubauer | Manager, Business Development

80% of employees feel they are stressed while on the job, but only 43% of them take their allotted vacation days. So why the disconnect? Turns out, nearly 40% of workers says they feel buried by the workload and can’t justify taking time away. And 13% of workers are worried about the work they’ll miss while gone.

In a society that glorifies and expects 40+ hours a week from employees, what push do employees have to take time off, and what would drive employers to encourage it? These are questions that flutter my mind when considering a new career path, and Akili wasn’t immune to them. After all, the US is one of few developed countries that doesn’t make employers provide paid time off.

The PTO question came up during my first week with Akili, aptly titled the “Holy Cow This Is A Lot of Information Week” by me. My answer was pretty straight-forward, “Whatever you need, as long as your work doesn’t suffer.” Wait. What?

I had heard right; I get unlimited time off as long as I a) don’t go nuts with it, and b) don’t let it negatively affect my work. This was certainly a first! I once spent a year working for a Chicago live events start up that would tell us not to come into the office if sick, but to find coverage from someone who wouldn’t dip into overtime (there were no part time employees), essentially forcing you to come to work sick (and hide it), or face the penalty of being written up, which excluded you from monthly bonuses. Add in the fact that it was a call center position and I’m shocked I stayed a year. So why does Akili encourage time away from the constant buzz?

According to an Oxford Economics study, “Paid time off leads to productivity gains as workers report returning to work refreshed and with a better attitude.” Awesome! I can’t argue that. But what about those folks who just can’t make themselves take a day or two off?

Concerned about the potentially impending workload, I had begun to gauge just how many people took days off when I was hit with the Akili Core Values. There are 12 all together and, of the many that stood out to me, Balance was the shiniest. According to the Akili Core Values, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” So Akili encourages and expects team members to strike a balance between their business and their private lives.

Okay. Great. But let’s say I seriously can’t take any time off for the next few months, how am I supposed to strike that balance? There’s not a single person on our team that would want to vacay while the fire is hot, and Akili knows that. Hence why there are internal events like the Employee Paintball War, Mini Golf Course Challenge, Ping Pong Tournaments, and Happy Hours. Add in the Annual Lake and Holiday parties and its clear Akili makes a great effort to keep their team happy and in good spirits. And, for the first time in a long time, it’s made me feel like the company I work for has a vested interest in me, not just the profits I can bring.

“Akili’s Company Culture is the collective expression of our people’s personalities and interests.  We hope to give you a glimpse into who we are, the attitude, the perks, the magic; The Akili Difference.”

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Akili Ranks among 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas 2015

Akili Inc. was recently named one of the 2015Best Companies to Work for in Texas. This is Akili’s second appearance among the top 100 ranking companies, initially appearing in 2014 as the No. 26 small company winner. The annual Best Companies to Work for in Texas list was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

“It is an honor for Akili to receive the Best Companies to Work for in Texas award for a second year in a row,” said Shiek Shah, Akili’s CEO. “We strive to create an environment at Akili based on our core values. The 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas recognition validates that Akili’s values and culture are indeed what today’s employees treasure.”

Anyone spending time in the company of the Akili team realizes that the core values on which the organization was founded are unusually present in its daily business.  These values guide all of the key decision making processes and are present at every layer within the organization. Akili has a culture and long history of investing in our employees and developing an environment that values our employees as individuals, provides the support of a team and enables employees to pursue their career goals without restraint. Akili’s vision is to create a work environment that gives our people the opportunity, encouragement, and recognition they need to truly excel at what they do.

Best Companies Group conducts a simple yet thorough two-part company assessment designed to gather detailed data about each participating company. In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company complete an employee survey. Akili’s Texas-based employees were anonymously surveyed and a third-party survey administer was solely responsible for reviewing responses. The results are analyzed and categorized according to 8 Core Focus Areas: Leadership and Planning; Corporate Culture and Communications; Role Satisfaction; Work Environment; Relationship with Supervisor; Training, Development and Resources; Pay and Benefits; and Overall Engagement.

Akili’s executive leadership values the employee survey results, using the report to influence the company’s changes in vision and direction for the following year.

The 2015 rankings will be revealed for the first time at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas event on March 31, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, and will also be profiled by Texas Monthly in a special publication that will be released in conjunction with the event.

About Akili

Akili (pronounced (uh • kē’ • lē) meaning “knowledge” in Swahili) is a business and technology management consulting firm founded in 1992. Akili is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with locations in Houston, TX and Denver, CO. Akili delivers solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and is focused on Industry solutions for Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Finance, Hi-Tech and Retail, among others.  Akili focuses on functional solution areas of Enterprise Performance Management (BPC), Analytics and Data Management (BI, EIM, DW), ERP (Including PRA, JVA, Asset Management), HANA, Organizational Change Management, and Cloud Services (Finance, Operations, Sales).

About Best Companies to Work for in Texas Program

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas SHRM and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the survey process to determine the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Texas and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

– Have at least 15 employees working in Texas
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
– Be a publicly or privately held business
– Have a facility in the state of Texas
– Be in business a minimum of 1 year

For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas program, visit www.BestCompaniesTX.com.

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Akili Ranks #26 Among Texas’ 100 Best Companies to Work For in Texas Monthly Magazine

Akili Inc. was recently named #26 small company winner of the 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, a Texas Monthly publication.

This is Akili’s second appearance among the top 100 ranking companies, also appearing as the No. 26 small
company winner in 2014. View the rankings here.

Check out Akili’s listing in the May issue of Texas Monthly here.

The 2015 rankings were revealed for the first time at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas event March 31, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, and were profiled by Texas Monthly in the special publication (pictured below) that was released in conjunction with the event.

Download a copy of Akili’s listing in the Lone Stars Shining publication here.

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“It is an honor for Akili to receive the Best Companies to Work for in Texas award for a second year in a row,” said Shiek Shah, Akili’s CEO. “We strive to create an environment at Akili based on our core values. The 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas recognition validates that Akili’s values and culture are indeed what today’s employees treasure.”

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2015 Best Companies Plaque

Akili’s 2015 award pictured above.

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Akili makes 5th appearance on the Inc.500/5000 Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Akili Inc. appears for the 5th time on the Inc.500/5000 annual list of the fastest growing private US companies. Previous Akili listings occurred in 1999, 2000, 2012 and 2013.

Akili (pronounced (uh • kē’ • lē) meaning “knowledge” in Swahili) is an information technology consulting firm founded in 1992. Akili is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with locations in Houston, TX and Denver, CO.

“It is an honor for Akili to be on the Inc. 500|5000 list 5 times, and I attribute this largely to the quality of our team,” said Shiek Shah, CEO, Akili Inc.  “In a professional services business, our people are our assets and we have some of the best in the industry. Without them, none of our success would be achievable.”

Akili delivers solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and is focused on Industry solutions for Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Finance, Hi-Tech and Retail.  Functional solution areas include Enterprise Performance Management (BPC), Analytics and Data Management (BI, EIM, DW), ERP (Including
PRA, JVA, Asset Management), HANA, Organizational Change Management, and Cloud
Services (Finance, Operations, Sales).

Akili’s 100% success rate spans 20+ years of precision of implementation design and trusted delivery of the best combination of technology and consulting. For more information on Akili’s solutions and services, please visit www.akili.com or email info@akili.com.

“What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000’ s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete
results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

Inc. 500|5000 Methodology

The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

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Akili receives SAP BusinessObjects Pre-Sales Professional certification

SAP BusinessObjects Pre-Sales certification

The SAP® Pre-Sales Certification Program recognizes that Akili has invested in pre-sales professional training, demonstrating and maintaining a high pedigree of capability in running successful SAP sales cycles.
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As a recipient of the SAP BusinessObjects (BOBJ) Certification, Akili has exhibited pre-sales competence and demo proficiency around these core areas of the SAP BOBJ solution set including:

  • Exploration (Explorer, Exploration Views, Visual Intelligence)
  • Mobile (iOS/Android Apps–Explorer, BI Mobile)
  • Interactive Analysis (WebIntelligence)
  • Crystal Reports
  • Dashboards (Xcelsius)
  • Platform (Publishing, BI Workspaces, Management Console
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Akili makes 4th appearance on the Inc.500/5000 Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Akili Inc. appears for the 4th time on the Inc.500/5000 annual list of the fastest growing private US companies. Previous Akili listings occurred in 1999, 2000, and 2012.

Akili (pronounced (uh • kē’ • lē) meaning “knowledge” in Swahili) is an SAP Gold partner and information technology consulting firm founded in 1992. Akili is headquartered in the Dallas suburb of Irving, TX, with locations in Houston, TX and Denver, CO.

Akili delivers industry-focused (primarily Oil & Gas) solutions in the areas of ERP (Including PRA, JVA, Asset Management), Enterprise Performance Management (including BPC), Business Analytics (Business Objects, Business Warehouse, Hana, Mobility, Data Services).

Akili’s 100% success rate spans 20+ years of precision of implementation design and trusted delivery of the best combination of technology and consulting.

“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

For more information on Akili’s solutions and services, please visit www.akili.com or email info@akili.com.

About Inc.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

Inc. 500|5000 Methodology
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

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Best Practices for Oil & Gas

Akili is sponsoring the upcoming Best Practices for Oil & Gas Conference, Oct. 6-9 in Dallas, TX!

 

The Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference has emerged as a leading forum for upstream, midstream, downstream, and oil field services professionals to collaborate across the value chain. For the third consecutive year, hundreds of oil and gas professionals will unite to embrace new technologies, fresh ideas, and innovative solutions to enhance their current and future SAP initiatives.

This year’s program features first-hand knowledge on how SAP solutions have been successfully implemented and managed at oil and gas organizations with eight tracks of content. In addition, the program offers essential expertise from the industry’s top leaders, innovators, SAP experts, and ASUG members with keynote presentations, ASUG-led roundtables, and interactive workshops.

The exhibit floor features leading technology and service partners, and provides a closer look at their solutions and services. A collaboration of SAP, ASUG, and The Eventful Group, Best Practices for Oil & Gas will take place October 6-9, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.

For more information and to find out how you can save on your registration visit www.sap-oil-and-gas.com.

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Akili Joins Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association

Akili Inc., an Oil & Gas industry focused IT consulting firm,  recently joined the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association, which defines and creates standards to help oil and gas companies manage exploration and production data.

As a member of PPDM, Akili is committed to leveraging the world’s leading petroleum data model by incorporating the oil and gas data management standards that PPDM has built around business rules and best practices into their client’s projects.

“The lack of data management, integration, and low thresholds of data has prevented O&G companies from making the best possible decisions,” said Akili’s BI Practice leader, Kyle Johnstone.  “By leveraging PPDM to create a higher degree of system harmonization and centralized reporting through a trusted source, Oil & Gas companies are enabled to operate more efficiently and increase profitability.  Ultimately the data integration will allow them to be more strategic in how they approach future challenges.”

Through the PPDM Association, petroleum data experts gather together worldwide in a collaborative, round table approach to engineer business driven, pragmatic data management standards that meet industry needs.  Key standards include the Public Petroleum Data Model, What is a Well, Well Status and Classification, Well Identification best practices, data rules and more.

Akili’s PPDM membership enhances its oil and gas knowledge through tools and knowledge in the field of oil and gas data management standards, best practices, and education.

About Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association

The Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association is a global, not-for-profit society within the petroleum industry that provides leadership for the professionalization of petroleum data management through the development and dissemination of best practices and standards, education programs, certification programs and professional development opportunities. For 22 years, PPDM has represented and supported the needs of operating companies, regulators, software vendors, data vendors, consulting companies and management professionals around the globe.