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SM Energy’s Data Conversion Success was driven by Akili’s Pre-Configured Data Conversion Suite

Akili will speak alongside SM Energy at the SAP Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference in Houston later this month.

Wednesday, September 23 at 1:45PM Central


SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America.  SM Energy began a project in the spring of 2013 to implement SAP’s Upstream Oil and Gas solution with a large system integrator. In January of 2014, SM Energy asked Akili to perform an assessment of the program due to the lack of velocity in the implementation.  With a Go Live schedule for January 1, 2015, the project had not started the data conversion process.

Akili engaged with SM Energy by changing the implementation process from a waterfall approach to an agile method, to provide multiple reiterations of the data conversion process to ensure the highest data quality for Go-Live.  Each of the four data conversion cycles were aligned to the appropriate test cycles so the data could be evaluated within each business process.  Furthermore, each cycle of the four data conversion cycles increase the scope and success targets to ensure the most important data was focused upon early in the cycle while additional supporting characteristics were included by the January 1, 2015 Go Live.

By using this approach, Akili started the first cycle of data conversion within 60 days and achieved a greater than 70% conversion on the approved scope.  With each cycle, Akili introduced new controls and data integrity checks to achieve the required 95% data conversion at Go Live, while providing the necessary audit requirements.  SM Energy realized their success in data quality and conversion by leveraging the pre-configured template approach as provided by Akili’s Data Conversion Product Suite built on SAP Data Services.

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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 2016 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, a Texas Monthly publication.

This is Akili’s third appearance among the top 100 ranking companies, also appearing as the No. 26 small company winner in 2015 and 2014. View the rankings here.

The 2016 rankings were revealed for the first time at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas event March 29, 2016 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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Akili Ranks among 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas 2016

Akili Inc. was recently named one of the 2015 Best 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


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Anaplan Announces 2015 Partner of the Year Winners

San Francisco –  Anaplan announced the winners of its annual Partner of the Year Awards as part of its Hub15 user conference in San Francisco (18-20 May). The annual awards recognize companies that are proving to be ‘unstoppable’ with regard to solving challenges using the Anaplan planning cloud platform.

Anaplan’s partner network provides a wealth of knowledge, guidance and support from industry, functional and domain experts to effectively deliver successful sales, finance, and operations planning solutions.

Anaplan’s Executive VP of Operations, Anthony Reynolds, announced this year’s Partner Awards’ winners, an initiative Anaplan began last year in recognition of outstanding support from partners. Winners were presented awards from various categories, with Deloitte taking home Anaplan’s Partner of the Year.

“Our partners have played an integral part in Anaplan becoming the market leader in planning and performance optimization. When we created the App Hub in November last year, we knew it would spark interest and creativity among our partner community. As a result, we now have 34 apps (out of 65) developed by partners live on the App Hub,” Reynolds said.

Categories and winners appear below:

  • Partner of the Year: Deloitte
  • Technology Partner of the Year: Salesforce, Inc
  • Excellence in Finance: Resource Torrent
  • Excellence in Sales Performance Management: ZS Associates
  • Challenger of the Year: Akili
  • AppHub Excellence: BetterVu
  • Excellence in Agile: Twelve Consulting Group

Anaplan also paid special mention to its Hub15 sponsors categorized across the Platinum (Deloitte), Gold (Salesforce, ZS, PWC, Accenture) and Silver (Open Symmetry, Twelve Consulting Group, BetterVu, Voiant, Workforce Insight, Resource Torrent, Akili, and GitaCloud) sponsorship levels.

“Hub15 San Francisco would not have been possible without our 13 conference partner sponsors. We rely on our stellar network of partners to help our customers keep pace in today’s dynamic marketplace, and continue to evolve their planning processes,” Reynolds said.

About Anaplan’s Partner Network

Anaplan has a global network of best-in-class consulting partners that can effectively deliver all elements of an end-to-end business modeling and planning solution.

To supply the high demand for the Anaplan platform, Anaplan has formed a global network of best-in-class partners that can help companies implement and utilize the Anaplan platform—whether that is model building, process change, local support or global deployments.  Find our list of partners here.

About Anaplan

Anaplan is the planning cloud for Sales, Finance, Operations, and HR. We built our platform from the ground up to empower you to plan, collaborate, and act—in real time. Anaplan enables you to deploy easy-to-use applications to solve complex planning challenges across your organization. Stay ahead of critical business events, rapidly model potential impacts, and course correct on-the-fly. Anaplan is a privately held company, headquartered in San Francisco, CA with global offices on four continents. To learn more, visit Join us on twitter: @anaplan

About Akili

Akili (pronounced (uh • kē’ • lē) meaning “knowledge” in Swahili) is a business management and technology consulting firm founded in 1992. Akili is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with locations in Houston, Texas and Denver, Colo. Akili delivers IT solutions for Fortune 2000 companies and is focused on industry solutions for oil and gas, telecommunications, finance, high tech and retail, among others.

Akili’s success rate spans 20+ years of precision of implementation design and trusted delivery that combines technology and management consulting. Akili brings world-class capabilities and is results-oriented, client-focused, and easy to work with. Ultimately, Akili enables its clients to move their key performance indicators in the right direction.

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