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Client Profiles

 
 
  • Sylvan Learning Systems

    Sylvan Learning Systems, the largest contract educational provider in the United States, contacted ACS Group with the request to design and develop a corporate database system for managing their nationwide at-school division. This division consisted of Sylvan Learning Centers located at over 150 schools throughout the United States. The challenge was to develop a system that can be used by individual sites to manage a wide range of information related to attendance, testing, assessment, schedul...

    Sylvan Learning Systems, the largest contract educational provider in the United States, contacted ACS Group with the request to design and develop a corporate database system for managing their nationwide at-school division. This division consisted of Sylvan Learning Centers located at over 150 schools throughout the United States. The challenge was to develop a system that can be used by individual sites to manage a wide range of information related to attendance, testing, assessment, scheduling, conferences and district contracts. While at the same time, ACS Group was ask to create a system that can be used by corporate staff and regional managers to efficiently and effectively assess and monitor corporate and contractual goals and objectives.

    ACS Group database and application engineers and architects designed a system that included three components: (1) a client front end used by the sites to execute their day to day operational tasks, (2) a web-based communication layer that provided the automation and logic for two-way data transfer, and (3) a SQL Server data repository that served as both a data store for corporate reporting using Crystal Reports and as a source of contractual and dynamic domain data.

    ACS Group provides application hosting, development and support, as well as, database administration on this application. From a technical perspective, development of this application involved the use of a variety of software and database methodologies including, ASP, XML, Java, Stored Procedures, VB, third party web components, and n-Tier architecture, including use of Project Management and bug incident tracking software.

  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

    Ste. Michelle Wine Estates the largest wine producer in Washington State has utilized ACS Group as the prime database application contractor for both its corporate and departmental business automation needs. ACS Group has employed the use of Access, VB, SQL Server, and Cognos software in the development and implementation of systems ranging from vineyard employee payroll to product allocation and depletion management.

    Ste. Michelle Wine Estates the largest wine producer in Washington State has utilized ACS Group as the prime database application contractor for both its corporate and departmental business automation needs. ACS Group has employed the use of Access, VB, SQL Server, and Cognos software in the development and implementation of systems ranging from vineyard employee payroll to product allocation and depletion management.

    ACS Group staff working directly with departmental managers and users have designed and developed systems that improve and maximize the efficiency of critical business functions. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’s Communication department has worked with ACS Group consultants to find ways to better manage and use media and acclaim information regarding their extensive list of products. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’s IT department has utilized the expertise of ACS Group database engineers in the design and execution of a data mart used as a repository of information for corporate reporting and data analysis. Most recently, ACS Group has worked with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to extend the use of their information systems to include Sales Force automation and improve their ability to monitor and enhance product placement.

  • City of Everett Housing Authority

    ACS Group was awarded a competitive bid by the City of Everett Housing Authority to provide web design, development, support and consultation regarding the web site properties for this sixty year old government organization.  Because of the need to continually update rental unit availability and bid opportunities, ACS Group provides web updates and support for a variety of documents and web pages for the EVHA web site.  ACS Group is also working with EVHA staff in the re-design of a new site ...

    ACS Group was awarded a competitive bid by the City of Everett Housing Authority to provide web design, development, support and consultation regarding the web site properties for this sixty year old government organization.  Because of the need to continually update rental unit availability and bid opportunities, ACS Group provides web updates and support for a variety of documents and web pages for the EVHA web site.  ACS Group is also working with EVHA staff in the re-design of a new site to replace the exisitng site which will need to incorporate many interactive features for tenants, landlords and housing managers needed to facilitate efficient and use of information related to management of public housing and subsidies in the City of Everett. 

  • Kind Traveler

    Kind Traveler engaged the services of ACS Group to complete the design and development of a custom Drupal based web site that allows visitors to find hotels in their destinations based on a whole range of criteria including amenitities, price, wellness factors, green features, and rating.  The web site checks for availablility and pricing using Travelport API and then connects traveler directly to the hotel's reservation page with all relevant information pre-populated to reduce duplication of...

    Kind Traveler engaged the services of ACS Group to complete the design and development of a custom Drupal based web site that allows visitors to find hotels in their destinations based on a whole range of criteria including amenitities, price, wellness factors, green features, and rating.  The web site checks for availablility and pricing using Travelport API and then connects traveler directly to the hotel's reservation page with all relevant information pre-populated to reduce duplication of effort.  Travelers select their charity and make their donation directly on the site via Paypal or credit card, and hotel discount is automatically calculated on hotel reservation page.

    Kind Traveler, a Public Benefit Corporation fueled by a team of passionate entrepreneurs, is the first digital 'Give + Get' platform to transform travelers into a financial force that benefits the wellbeing of communities, the environment, and animals. Travelers 'give' to their favorite local or global charity in reward get an exclusive rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties.

  • Norpac Foods

    Norpac Foods one of the largest Food Processing and Packaging companies in the Northwest contracted with ACS Group to design and develop a variety of custom database applications used to manage key components of their enterprise. From Crop Tracking to Cost Accounting for its entire product line, Norpac Foods management has relied on ACS Group to provide the critical analytical and development skills needed to create information systems that reduce cost and improve productivity.

    Norpac Foods one of the largest Food Processing and Packaging companies in the Northwest contracted with ACS Group to design and develop a variety of custom database applications used to manage key components of their enterprise. From Crop Tracking to Cost Accounting for its entire product line, Norpac Foods management has relied on ACS Group to provide the critical analytical and development skills needed to create information systems that reduce cost and improve productivity.

    With five major plants and over 1,000 employees, Norpac Foods has a variety of information needs that start with the planting of crops to the grading and processing those crops and finally to the accounting of costs in the packaging and delivery of the final product. On the operational side of their business, Norpac uses database application software developed by ACS Group to plan and track upcoming harvests among its large base of cooperative members, as well as, collect and process weight and grade information once the crops are harvested. On the accounting side, Norpac uses a sophisticated database application developed by ACS Group that gathers information from a variety of external and internal sources related to processing and packaging which ultimately provides production costs for their entire product line.

  • Ben Bridge Jewelers

    Ben Bridge Jewelers is a world-class retail jeweler located in Seattle, WA with 65 stores throughout 11 states. ACS Group works closely with corporate IT and departmental staff in the design and development of a variety of information systems that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day operations.  Using a variety of programming and database technologies, MS Access, SQL Server, ASP, ACS Group was the primary database application developer on a number of key projects for Ben Bri...

    Ben Bridge Jewelers is a world-class retail jeweler located in Seattle, WA with 65 stores throughout 11 states. ACS Group works closely with corporate IT and departmental staff in the design and development of a variety of information systems that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day operations.  Using a variety of programming and database technologies, MS Access, SQL Server, ASP, ACS Group was the primary database application developer on a number of key projects for Ben Bridge Jewelers.

    From the shipping department to corporate purchasing, ACS Group has used database and internet technologies to develop custom solutions that help users share, process and manage critical business information. With an inventory of over 70,000 products, ACS Group worked with IT staff in the development of an intranet database application that allows users to search and view product information together with product images.

    For another department, ACS Group was asked to design and develop an application that manages and tracks information on watch repairs and factory warranties. Watch repair is a complex process that involves keeping track of many tasks and parts required in repair of a watch that is under warranty. Working with experts in watch repair, ACS Group developed a database application for customer, factory and warranty watch repairs.

  • Nielsen Dillingham Builders

    Nielsen Dillingham Builders has completed more than $6 billion in complex and high profile construction projects throughout its combined 150-year history as one of the largest construction companies on the West Coast. Faced with the challenge of construction yard information management and accounting, Nielsen Dillingham contacted ACS Group with the task of designing and developing a system that would handle a variety of functions including delivery tickets, rental equipment, shop stock, schedul...

    Nielsen Dillingham Builders has completed more than $6 billion in complex and high profile construction projects throughout its combined 150-year history as one of the largest construction companies on the West Coast. Faced with the challenge of construction yard information management and accounting, Nielsen Dillingham contacted ACS Group with the task of designing and developing a system that would handle a variety of functions including delivery tickets, rental equipment, shop stock, scheduling, purchasing and inventory management. ACS Group worked with ND Builders to design a backend data structure that supported their AS400 Project Accounting requirements and the need to capture and archive a variety information on equipment and supplies, including cost, reorder, schedule, and rental information. The system is now in use and tracks all construction project equipment and supply expenditures helping NDB to reduce costs and improve their bottom line. 

  • Synology

    Founded in 2000, Synology is dedicated to develop high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly NAS servers. Synology's goal is to deliver agile and cost-effective solutions, solid customer service, and ultimately to ensure individuals and business the versatility of choices.  Synology hired ACS Group to redesign their website so that it was not only better looking but also serve as a fully functional e-commerce site to sell their growing line of network storage devices, ...

    Founded in 2000, Synology is dedicated to develop high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly NAS servers. Synology's goal is to deliver agile and cost-effective solutions, solid customer service, and ultimately to ensure individuals and business the versatility of choices.  Synology hired ACS Group to redesign their website so that it was not only better looking but also serve as a fully functional e-commerce site to sell their growing line of network storage devices, backup servers, and surveillance monitoring and storage solutions.

  • Western Wireless

    Western Wireless Corporation is a leading provider of communications in the Western United States. The company owns and operates wireless cellular phone systems marketed under the Cellular One® national brand name in 19 states west of the Mississippi River. Western Wireless contacted ACS Group with several business application requirements over the past five years. The first was to design and develop an application that can be used in the planning, acquisition, and construction of cell sites.

    Western Wireless Corporation is a leading provider of communications in the Western United States. The company owns and operates wireless cellular phone systems marketed under the Cellular One® national brand name in 19 states west of the Mississippi River. Western Wireless contacted ACS Group with several business application requirements over the past five years. The first was to design and develop an application that can be used in the planning, acquisition, and construction of cell sites. Secondly, we were asked to create a Web based order entry system for one of their POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) Division that would allow them to enter and process orders from their sales force over the Internet. The system was developed using ASP, XML and SQL Server. The web application was built to handle custom orders for the whole gamut of phone services, including cell, Internet, ISP, and paging services.

  • Qwest Communications

    One of the biggest telecommunications companies in the U.S., Qwest Communications (formerly US West) has worked with ACS Group in the development of several critical business systems used at both a departmental and company-wide level. In one instance ACS Group was able to assist on the development of a system used for enterprise-wide tax accounting. ACS Group provided Visual Basic, ActiveX, SQL Server and Cognos development expertise to augment and enhance the skill set of their internal develo...

    One of the biggest telecommunications companies in the U.S., Qwest Communications (formerly US West) has worked with ACS Group in the development of several critical business systems used at both a departmental and company-wide level. In one instance ACS Group was able to assist on the development of a system used for enterprise-wide tax accounting. ACS Group provided Visual Basic, ActiveX, SQL Server and Cognos development expertise to augment and enhance the skill set of their internal development team. On another project, ACS Group converted a very complex legacy system used for specialized billing into an Access based windows environment. This system is now in daily use to manage the invoicing for a service that cannot be handled by their traditional corporate accounting, however it has been built to allow integration of the billing information into their accounting system via automatic data transfer.

  • PRA Destination Management

    PRA Destination Management based in California contacted ACS Group with the request to update their current database application system that was being used to run its growing chain of franchise Event Management agencies throughout the U.S. In the course of developing the new system, PRA management recognized their current application did not satisfy their current or future business requirements.

    PRA Destination Management based in California contacted ACS Group with the request to update their current database application system that was being used to run its growing chain of franchise Event Management agencies throughout the U.S. In the course of developing the new system, PRA management recognized their current application did not satisfy their current or future business requirements. ACS Group responded by forming a project team that worked closely with PRA management to convert and remold their legacy system into a more functional and feature-rich application that better met their needs. This challenge included implementing the application in a hosted Citrix environment, the addition of full security to allow multiple levels of workgroup access to forms and reports, easy to use one form access to all related functions, and integrated contact and lead management system. The system is now in use to manage all aspects of the complex process of planning, scheduling, and administering corporate meetings and special events ranging from 5 to 15,000 participants.

  • Key Bank Corporation

    Key Bank one of the leading lending and financial institutions in the U. S. contacted ACS Group via its Northwest Regional offices to assist with the design and development of an application used to help corporate staff identify and track potential cases of bank fraud. ACS Group responded by forming a development team to assist business savvy corporate staff without technical or database experience on the design of system that met their requirements and specifications.

    Key Bank one of the leading lending and financial institutions in the U. S. contacted ACS Group via its Northwest Regional offices to assist with the design and development of an application used to help corporate staff identify and track potential cases of bank fraud. ACS Group responded by forming a development team to assist business savvy corporate staff without technical or database experience on the design of system that met their requirements and specifications. Through the use of prototypes and mockup screens and reports, ACS Group developers moved the users’ specifications from the drawing board to an interactive application that could be put to use in the actual business environment. The purpose of the system was to replace a largely manual process that involved spreadsheets and paper forms. As the system evolved, users found they could replace many of their existing manual reports, as well as, eliminate some of their business processes with the use of business rule automation designed as part of the application. Information on the forms and reports provided more accurate and time sensitive data that resulted in greater efficiencies and improved job productivity.

  • King County Archives and Record Management

    ACS Group was awarded a competitive bid to design and develop a custom database application to manage and track public records for the most populous County in Washington State. When the Director of Archives contacted ACS Group regarding the need to develop a system for managing their archive records, the information currently being collected and stored existed in four separate databases.

    ACS Group was awarded a competitive bid to design and develop a custom database application to manage and track public records for the most populous County in Washington State. When the Director of Archives contacted ACS Group regarding the need to develop a system for managing their archive records, the information currently being collected and stored existed in four separate databases. ACS Group engineered a single database structure that contained all of the elements and entities needed to handle both the transfer of legacy data from the disparate databases as well as incorporating changes required as part of the specifications for the new system.One of the requirements for the new system was the creation of a data retrieval system for archival records based on the use of a thesaurus. The use of a thesaurus in archival searches is based on hierarchical relationships between key words and various data groupings and categories. Representing hierarchical relationships in a relational database is never easy, however ACS Group developers through the use of tree views constructed an interface that provided a hierarchical window into the data for searching and retrieving information. The new database system incorporating both old and new improved access to data and increased staff’s ability to respond to questions regarding the County’s public records.

  • CMIT Solutions

    CMIT Solutions is a nationwide provider of IT services and IT solutions for small and medium-sized businesses with over 135 franchise operations. CMIT's Pacific Northwest group of companies hired ACS Group to design a new look and optimize their visibility for the cities and communities that they serve.  ACS Group used Wordpress and created a custom template with location map integration and custom contact form.

    CMIT Solutions is a nationwide provider of IT services and IT solutions for small and medium-sized businesses with over 135 franchise operations. CMIT's Pacific Northwest group of companies hired ACS Group to design a new look and optimize their visibility for the cities and communities that they serve.  ACS Group used Wordpress and created a custom template with location map integration and custom contact form.

    We optimized their site for Local SEO and provided custom content for their blog and web site pages. In particular, each location needed creation, verification and optimization of their Google+ pages which had become of increasing importance because Google changed to display only three results for a local search result on page one. Some pages had been banned in the past by Google because of incorrect or conflicting information resulting in top positions one page one for many of the key search terms.

  • Cenex Harvest States

    Cenex Harvest States (CHS) markets and supplies propane and petroleum products that heat homes and businesses throughout the State of Washington.  CHS contracted with ACS Group to provide a variety of cost effective information management solutions for critical business functions. From managing fuel depots to the timely delivery of fuel to rural customers, the sale of petroleum products requires accurate and reliable tracking of inventory, distribution and sales information in order to insure ...

    Cenex Harvest States (CHS) markets and supplies propane and petroleum products that heat homes and businesses throughout the State of Washington.  CHS contracted with ACS Group to provide a variety of cost effective information management solutions for critical business functions. From managing fuel depots to the timely delivery of fuel to rural customers, the sale of petroleum products requires accurate and reliable tracking of inventory, distribution and sales information in order to insure an efficient, profitable operation. 

    ACS Group designed and developed a set of applications that helped CHS expand its operation to more locations and more customers.  In order to accurately determine the cost of their propane, ACS Group developed a system using Microsoft Access that gives CHS the option of using either FIFO or average cost methods to assess cost of inventory. As CHS’ customer base has grown, the task of keeping track of a large inventory of above ground tanks rented and purchased by customers became a critical business requirement. 

    ACS Group developed an application that transformed a “one size fits all” spreadsheet to a fully functional database system used to track and report on many aspects of tank placement and inventory. Training, certification and inspection of tanks, employees and vehicles also play a critical role in achieving a healthy bottom line. ACS Group developers designed and developed a database application that provided alerts and reports to managers when employees needed re-training, vehicles needed inspected and tanks that were due for re-certification. This system also contained a module developed by ACS Group that tracked the true cost of a vehicle mile, as well as, triggers and reports for routinely scheduled maintenance.

    In addition when it came time replace their outdated website, ACS Group was hired to design and develop a new website according to their specific requirements. The challenge was to create one website that incorporated information on all of their 10 locations each with a unique set of services and products. We developed a custom website that generated dynamic web pages per location based on their ability to define and assign services and products per location via a backend application.

  • Medisystems

    A market leader in their industry, Medisystems Corporation designs, manufactures, imports and distributes medical devices, primarily for use in dialysis and related blood treatments.  Medisystems has engaged the services of ACS Group for the purpose of the development of a corporate reporting system.   Since Medisystems is structured as a multinational corporation with locations in Mexico, Italy, and the Far East, providing all of the required reporting for production, sales, inventory, fore...

    A market leader in their industry, Medisystems Corporation designs, manufactures, imports and distributes medical devices, primarily for use in dialysis and related blood treatments.  Medisystems has engaged the services of ACS Group for the purpose of the development of a corporate reporting system.   Since Medisystems is structured as a multinational corporation with locations in Mexico, Italy, and the Far East, providing all of the required reporting for production, sales, inventory, forecasting and bookings within the existing accounting system went beyond the software’s capabilities.  ACS Group database engineers and developers were brought in to quickly evaluate and develop a system based on several sources including data extracts from a Pick based accounting software that could be used to meet their reporting requirements. ACS Group worked closely with Medisystem’s IT, accounting and management staff to create a system that is both flexible and powerful enough to handle the demands of both front line and corporate users in multiple locations.   Medisystems selected ACS Group because of its extensive experience with developing corporate reporting systems using a “best of breed” approach.  Medisystems began by using Access while planning for a potential migration to SQL Server using other software tools such as Crystal Reports and Cognos.

  • Accu-Systems and CATS (Computerized Ad Tracking Systems)

    CATS and Accu-Systems (a wholly owned subsidiary of CATS) are nationwide providers of information and data services to retailers and manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods industry. ACS Group has worked with CATS to significantly increase its capacity to collect, process, manage and distribute information to its expanding customer base throughout the U.S. ACS Group began by first converting its  legacy system to an easy to use and more efficient Client Server architecture.

    CATS and Accu-Systems (a wholly owned subsidiary of CATS) are nationwide providers of information and data services to retailers and manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods industry. ACS Group has worked with CATS to significantly increase its capacity to collect, process, manage and distribute information to its expanding customer base throughout the U.S. ACS Group began by first converting its  legacy system to an easy to use and more efficient Client Server architecture. Consequently, CATS was able to quickly respond to clients’ custom report requests and offer more options for analyzing and viewing product information.

    Because CATS’ product is information, the Web began to play an increasingly important role in the delivery of its traditional "brick and mortar" services. ACS Group was able to assist CATS with making a smooth transition to a Web based data services platform using ASP, Crystal Reports, XML and SQL Server. Building upon this platform CATS was able to more easily expand into new market areas as well as offer new services via the Web.

    In addition to providing CATS with new and improved services for its customers, ACS Group automation engineers assisted CAT management with streamlining the time consuming process of collecting, categorizing and compiling ad information from print media sources from around the country. ACS designed and developed a system using bar code, scanning and database technologies that have reduced labor costs, increased the accuracy of information, and provided an audit trail for each ad from start to finish.

  • Dewitt Companies

    Dewitt Companies Ltd. has been in the moving business through 4 generations of family.  While specializing in Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, Dewitt Companies has become an integral part of the domestic and international moving industry, earning the respect of some of the biggest names in the industry.  Dewitt relies on ACS Group to provide custom application services to meet their information management requirements.

    Dewitt Companies Ltd. has been in the moving business through 4 generations of family.  While specializing in Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, Dewitt Companies has become an integral part of the domestic and international moving industry, earning the respect of some of the biggest names in the industry.  Dewitt relies on ACS Group to provide custom application services to meet their information management requirements.

    ACS Group has worked with Dewitt Companies for the past ten years developing a wide range of database and web applications. Working with Dewitt personnel, we have written complex shipment tracking applications to satisfy data tracking requirements for government and commercial portions of their business.  We have implemented EDI for payment processing that meets DOD International Household Goods Forwarding requirements as well as automation of many shipment documents used in the freight forwarding process, such as Bill of Lading, Invoicing, Air Waybills, Packing List.

  • American Red Ball Worldwide Movers

    American Red Ball's slogan is “Moving Your World Since 1919″.  In the past 90 plus years, they have provided domestic and international moving services to residential, commercial and government customers.  American Red Ball engaged the services of ACS Group to provide a shipment tracking solution for their international household goods freight forwarding division for their ITGBL contract with DOD.  They selected STPro as their software solution and we worked with key personnel to enhanc...

    American Red Ball's slogan is “Moving Your World Since 1919″.  In the past 90 plus years, they have provided domestic and international moving services to residential, commercial and government customers.  American Red Ball engaged the services of ACS Group to provide a shipment tracking solution for their international household goods freight forwarding division for their ITGBL contract with DOD.  They selected STPro as their software solution and we worked with key personnel to enhance and customize it for their specific requirements.

  • Skyline Systems

    Skyline Engineered Systems is designer and fabricator of custom engineered bolt-on balconies, canopies, trellises, railings and other aluminum accents for many diverse applications.  Skyline challenged ACS Group with the task of coming up with web site design that would be a reflection of their work and provide the focus of their work and its application on commerical buildings.

    Skyline Engineered Systems is designer and fabricator of custom engineered bolt-on balconies, canopies, trellises, railings and other aluminum accents for many diverse applications.  Skyline challenged ACS Group with the task of coming up with web site design that would be a reflection of their work and provide the focus of their work and its application on commerical buildings.

    Working with Skyline's top management, we first helped define the layout, structure and flow of their products and application to various building requirements.  We then developed a custom site complete with backend administration based on these requirements.

  • City of Arlington

    Arlington is a growing municipality located between two forks of the Stillaguamish River in one of the fast growing counties in the United States. This growth fueled to a large extent by an increased demand for available housing and city support services has also required the need for information systems that can manage the rising tide of information. Starting in the Building Department, ACS Group database engineers worked with management and staff to replace an aging Permit Tracking System wit...

    Arlington is a growing municipality located between two forks of the Stillaguamish River in one of the fast growing counties in the United States. This growth fueled to a large extent by an increased demand for available housing and city support services has also required the need for information systems that can manage the rising tide of information. Starting in the Building Department, ACS Group database engineers worked with management and staff to replace an aging Permit Tracking System with a redesigned client server application using SQL Server and MS Access. The Building Official for the City of Arlington wanted a system that could tie into other parts of city government such as Planning and Finance, as well as, include all key elements of the permitting process. ACS Group assisted with the design and development of a system that included the permit application, contractor information, fees and charges, payments, as well as inspections and valuations.  After the Permitting system is operational, the next phase is to extent the system to city database servers where the use and application of the data can have a wider audience beyond the Building Department.