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Its that time again! This is our regular segment where we feature one of our employees, hear about their experience, and ask them questions about working at cBEYONData! This week we had the opportunity to hear from Jeremy Kuhlenbeck, a new team member, working as a Senior Consultant! He has worked in the Business Intelligence industry for 8 years, and is a great asset to our team!

Name: Jeremy Kuhlenbeck

Title/Team: Senior Consultant

How long have you been with cBEYONData? Brand new!

What is your favorite part about working at cBEYONData? Reconnecting with former coworkers from past jobs and knowing that I’m with a company that will partner with me as I continue to grow my skillset in the industry.

How long have you worked in the business intelligence industry? Eight years

What was your first job title in the industry? Business Analyst

What does cBEYONData offer that our competitors do not (or what makes cBEYONData unique)? cBEYONData maintains a family type atmosphere with a strong focus on the employees offering top notch benefits along with great training opportunities.

Where do you think this industry is going in the near and far future and how is cBEYONData leading that charge? The industry is definitely leaning toward more data science and predictive analytics. Classes for these skillsets are popping up everywhere outside of traditional education paths, and the tools used for traditional BI are now including more automated predictive capabilities.

What do you like to do in your “off work” time? Raise my girls (2 and 4)… bikes and scooters in the neighborhood cul-de-sac, morning dance and sing time on the tv… oh, and find a drink good coffee with my wife.

Here at cBEYONData our philosophy is to nurture our culture and make it a top priority in the company, then our associates’ happiness, customer satisfaction, and long-term business partnerships will naturally flourish. Company culture is derived from its core values and our core values are meant to empower our associates so they enjoy the work they do and the environment they do it in. We know that when we enjoy what we do, we are in turn delivering exceptional service to our customers and thriving in our business. To make this happen, we hire and invest in associates that share our core values.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

Recently, Dorinda Schmidtknecht sat down with Carolyn M. Proctor of Washington Business Journal to talk about being a founder of a company in a male dominated industry. The article covers starting a company, challenges and many other interesting topics! Be sure to head to their website and read the rest of the article!

Meet nine women founders who dominate otherwise male-dominated spheres – Washington Business Journal

Dorinda Schmidtknecht, founder, president and COO

cBEYONData

Dorinda Schmidtknecht co-founded cBEYONData in 2010 with her husband, David. The Lorton company’s specialty is building analytical data systems for government agencies, though it also works with higher education and other regulated agencies. She previously helped lead portfolio and asset management at National Real Estate Advisors and was a senior manager at Cambridge Asset Advisors and Charles E. Smith Cos.

About Dorinda:

  • Age: 52
  • Residence: Lorton
  • Family: Spouse and co-founder, Dave; standard poodle, Moose; rescue cats Paddy and Mo
  • Education: Bachelor’s in accounting with minor in business, Strayer University, Arlington
  • First job: Assistant legal secretary

What did you want to be when you grew up? Interestingly it was a photographer. But in school, I was a natural with numbers and decided to go into a career in property and asset management, which was a field that has a heavy focus in finance — but not as an accountant, because it also allows you to utilize your business management skills as well. Photography is still a hobby of mine, and I prefer using a 35mm camera with its manual settings to a snap-and-shoot camera for serious picture-taking.

When did you decide you wanted to start your own company? Dave, my husband and co-founder, has a master’s of science in finance, a bachelor’s in accounting with a minor in computer science, and is a CPA. Dave has been in the business intelligence/IT industry for 25-plus years, and when we talked about starting our own business in 2010, we decided this industry would be a great fit because of his career history and contacts in the federal space. We also saw a need. Many of the agencies have these incredible systems that collect pertinent data. However, the systems are not capable of producing the required compliance reports, dashboards and data analytics that enable the agencies’ CFOs to achieve their missions. We moved forward knowing that Dave could build the customer and employee base, and I could bring my managerial and finance skills to “run the office,” work the financial relationship with the bank, establish long-term and short-term goals and budgets, etc.

How long did it take for you to start your company? About two months, with our first contract being awarded approximately six months later as a subcontractor

What obstacles did you face along the way? The federal government is a difficult industry to break into as a prime contractor, especially without a facility clearance or GSA schedules for the company. The kicker there is that you cannot get a company facility clearance unless you are working on a government contract that requires a clearance. It also takes time to build a past performance history with the government so that when you bid on government contracts, you will actually have a chance to win.

How did you finance your startup costs? Savings, 401(k) loan

What skills did you learn early on that most helped to prepare you to run a business? My financial and budgeting skills, as well as the contract negotiation and legal document reviews that I learned from my previous career in portfolio and asset management

What is the best lesson you learned from a mentor? It’s better to take your time and look at an issue from all possible angles to mitigate the risks than to rush into a decision so that you can say “I’m done” — without realizing the fast decision could leave you exposed to failure in the long run.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Invest in your 401(k) immediately when you start working!

Next big goal: Watching the company hit the $20 million revenue mark

Biggest current challenge: It is taking the government longer to award contracts from the time it issues an RFP, anywhere from 12 to 24 months. This makes it next to impossible for a small business, or any business for that matter, to hire or retain the proposed key personnel required for that specific RFP. The other current challenge is the employment market in our industry in the D.C. area is going insane again. This is causing potential employees to ask for astronomical salaries that cannot be supported by the government contract rates. Also, we are seeing a very unethical turn of events because of this bull employment market. We have had candidates accept our offer in writing and not show up to the job, not call, basically go “radio silent” — only for us to find out through LinkedIn or other social media that the candidate had already started working for a new company at the time that they signed our offer letter.

Biggest misconception about your industry: That government contractors “make a fortune” and that government contracts are easy to get. I’m here to tell you that as a small business, we put all of our resources into our employees and their benefits/compensation packages so that we can stay competitive with the large companies. We also have to remain competitive with our rates for the government, which does not leave much of a profit margin given the government’s cutbacks.

Businessperson you most admire: Jeff Bezos – his vision for Amazon and especially Amazon Web Services has been outstanding. I admire him for his “quiet” success as a person and a company.

Biggest pet peeve: People that don’t own up to their mistakes. We all make mistakes because we are human. It’s how you deal with the mistake that matters.

What is one thing you can’t do without each day? My cold brew coffee with vanilla almond creamer.

Guilty pleasure: I would have to say red wine and dark chocolate

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington

Favorite book? “It Worked for Me” by Colin Powell

Favorite place outside of the office: In general, any great spa to unwind with a massage and facial. Otherwise, we love to go to Cancun in February to get away from the cold. And we would love to get back to Italy sometime.

Favorite restaurant in the D.C. area: It’s a family-owned restaurant where everyone knows you by name. You feel welcome the minute you walk in, even if it’s your first visit: Ciao Osteria located in Centrewood Plaza in Centreville.

By   – Data Editor, Washington Business Journal

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

Here we are once again! Its the time of the month where we feature one of our great employees, hear about their experience, and ask them questions about working at cBEYONData! This week we had the opportunity to hear from Matthew Polk​, a new team member, working as a Technical Program Manager! He has worked in the Business Intelligence industry for almost 9 years, and has worked on great projects in the past, and currently!

Name: Matthew Polk

Title/Team: Technical Program Manager

How long have you been with cBEYONData? About 2 months.

What is your favorite part about working at cBEYONData? I get the opportunity to work with very talented and capable people.

How long have you worked in the business intelligence industry? About 9 years.

What was your first job title in the industry? Team Lead.

What is the most interesting project that you have worked on? National Science Foundation EDW Project.

What does cBEYONData offer that our competitors do not (or what makes cBEYONData unique)? The company specialized in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics.

What do you like to do in your “off work” time? Hangout with family/friends, Travel, Hiking, Golf and Photography.

Here at cBEYONData our philosophy is to nurture our culture and make it a top priority in the company, then our associates’ happiness, customer satisfaction, and long-term business partnerships will naturally flourish. Company culture is derived from its core values and our core values are meant to empower our associates so they enjoy the work they do and the environment they do it in. We know that when we enjoy what we do, we are in turn delivering exceptional service to our customers and thriving in our business. To make this happen, we hire and invest in associates that share our core values.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

We are excited to be attending the AGA 2018 Professional Development Training in Orlando Florida! Our Principal David Schmidtknecht and Vice Principal Michael Huffman will be in attendance for AGA’s premier training and networking event on July 22nd through the 25th. A few of the speakers in attendance at the AGA Professional Development Training are: Rachelle Cabading (Comptroller of the Treasury Division of Local Government), Speaker Steve Kunze (Department of Commerce), and more!

cBEYONData Attending 2018 Professional Development Training

From the AGA Professional Development Training website:

Three reasons you should attend:

1. Earn up to 24 CPEs. Enhance your lifelong learning, and gain the knowledge and understanding to better improve your job effectiveness.

2. Stay cutting-edge. Top-notch speakers from federal, state, local, academia and the private sector share key findings and educational experiences to augment your knowledge and enhance your skills.

3. Network and connect. Collaborate and engage with industry experts and government financial management colleagues facing the same or similar issues, and exchange ideas to bring back to your organization.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

Its that time again, where we get to feature one of our great employees, hear about their work, and ask them questions about working at cBEYONData! This week we had the opportunity to talk with Tom Fallwell​, our Chief Solution Architect, who has been with us since the beginning! Tom is also part of our Leadership Team! He has previously worked Data Manager Group, Noble Star and Quality High-Tech, with a myriad off experience in Oil and Gas, Medical, Finance, and State and Federal Government!

Name: Tom Fallwell

Title/Team: Chief Solution Architect

How long have you been with cBEYONData? How long has cBEYONData been around? 😊

What is your favorite part about working at cBEYONData? The people

How long have you worked in the business intelligence industry? 22 years

What was your first job title in the industry? Consultant

What is the most interesting project that you have worked on? A DoD project where I coded a solution that combined relational data with fillable pdf forms.  

What does cBEYONData offer that our competitors do not (or what makes cBEYONData unique)? The seemingly lost art of the ability to provide real solution instead of just people in a slot.

Where do you think this industry is going in the near and far future and how is cBEYONData leading that charge?  I think our industry is nearing that future envisioned by StarTrek where AI machines will finally be able to analyze our data for us finally which will require a higher level of skill from those who must manage those machines.

What do you like to do in your “off work” time? Family, Home maintenance, inventing, guitar and cooking.

Do you have family/pets? 

  

Here at cBEYONData our philosophy is to nurture our culture and make it a top priority in the company, then our associates’ happiness, customer satisfaction, and long-term business partnerships will naturally flourish. Company culture is derived from its core values and our core values are meant to empower our associates so they enjoy the work they do and the environment they do it in. We know that when we enjoy what we do, we are in turn delivering exceptional service to our customers and thriving in our business. To make this happen, we hire and invest in associates that share our core values.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

We are excited to announce that on Wednesday, June 27th, our Principal Dave Schmidtknecht, will be a featured speaker on the “SAP Platform and Analytics with cBEYONData’s Solution” webinar. Dave will also be joined by Mark Whittington, the VP of Channels & Alliances, at SAP. The webinar will last 60 minutes, from 1pm ET to 2pm ET, and discuss how cBEYONData and SAP are deploying solutions to assit the US Government.

This is a FREE webinar, so be sure to head here to register and learn more!

From the Carahsoft website:

The Cloud and Digital Transformation of the US Government is well underway to meet the latest Audit Readiness and Data Act requirements.

Join our webinar to learn how specific US Government organizations are being assisted. We will be covering the following topics:

  • The Cloud and Digital Transformation of the US Government is well underway to meet the latest Audit Readiness and DATA Act requirements
  • Secure, FedRAMP Certified to exceed critical requirements needed for ever changing workloads
  • cBEYONData – Enhances Federal financial reporting for ERP system
  • The cBEYONData CFO Control Tower tool kit uses the SAP HANA Platform and Business Intelligence (on Prem or in a secure Cloud)
  • cBEYONData, a Women Owned Small Business, specializes in financial reporting. Offering services and solutions to the Federal Government
  • How using the SAP HANA (in-memory) Platform and Business Intelligence for real-time big data processing, provides the Government with easy to consume analytics for making better decisions for their SAP and Non-SAP ERP needs.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

Its that time again, where we get to feature one of our great employees, hear about their work, and ask them questions about working at cBEYONData! This week we had the opportunity to talk with Keith Johnson​, our Chief Technology Officer, who has been with us for 7.5 years! Keith is also part of our Leadership Team! He has previously worked as the CTO at Data Management Group, Integration Manager at iFinance, and Data Warehouse Practice Manager at Noblestar.

Name: Keith Johnson

Title/Team: Chief Technology Officer

How long have you been with cBEYONData? 7.5 Years

What is your favorite part about working at cBEYONData? People and challenges

How long have you worked in the business intelligence industry? 23 years

What was your first job title in the industry? Consultant

What is the most interesting project that you have worked on?  It’s tough to narrow just one, each project brings it’s own unique interest & challenge for me.  One of the most challenging projects has been working for a major educational institution in Boston migrating their Oracle warehouse to SAP HANA.  Over 2,000 tables, 20yrs of perl, ABAP & SQL script to “translate” to a near-real-time in-memory warehouse.

What does cBEYONData offer that our competitors do not (or what makes cBEYONData unique)? Hands down it’s the people that set us apart from our competitors.

Where do you think this industry is going in the near and far future and how is cBEYONData leading that charge? The big push currently has been to the cloud, I believe this will continue for customers to architect BI “mash-ups” extending the existing software solutions on the market today.

What do you like to do in your “off work” time?  Working around the yard, a different kind of challenge!

Do you have family/pets? We call him “Pooh Bear”. 

  

Here at cBEYONData our philosophy is to nurture our culture and make it a top priority in the company, then our associates’ happiness, customer satisfaction, and long-term business partnerships will naturally flourish. Company culture is derived from its core values and our core values are meant to empower our associates so they enjoy the work they do and the environment they do it in. We know that when we enjoy what we do, we are in turn delivering exceptional service to our customers and thriving in our business. To make this happen, we hire and invest in associates that share our core values.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

I have been thinking a lot about Technology Business Management (TBM) lately.

The approach the federal government is taking to roll out TBM is reasoned and reasonable. I came to this realization while moderating a panel discussion with federal government leaders from OPM, GSA, DOE, PTO and VA. Instead of mandating the implementation of TBM, OMB is suggesting that agencies look at how to implement TBM, working with them to identify best practices and building a “playbook” for the rollout. Since it is not a mandate, the most forward-thinking agencies are taking the lead, and helping GSA and OMB as part of the learning process.

To me, this is a very reasoned approach, which recognizes that the unique aspects of rolling out a program across the federal government. It is sometimes very frustrating for those of us in private industry to witness how hard it is for the federal government to implement an improvement, especially one as significant and as complex as Technology Business Management. I think it will eventually become a mandate, and I think most of those in the federal government watching this are expecting it to be mandated. When it finally becomes a mandate, the “playbook” will be mature and full of lessons learned and best practices. It will be something that agencies can use to accelerate the success of TBM across their organization.

The transparency of IT spending will improve greatly when TBM is implemented across the federal government. Standardization of IT data will encourage organizations to benchmark their spending compared to other federal organizations and even commercial ones. At cBEYONData, we see this as a huge opportunity for us to help the federal government by automating and standardizing the way financial IT data is captured and reported. It is similar in many respects to the way federal organizations have standardized financial data in order to comply with the DATA Act. For the DATA Act, we integrated automated data checks and processes that has helped our clients stay on top of data quality, so that what is reported is accurate and timely.

The hardest aspect of implementing TBM, in my opinion, will be allocating cost and hours accurately. We built a TBM solution in our CFO Control Tower by bucketing cost into the IT Towers using already available reference data such as the Transaction Code and PSC. This gave us nice analytics and dashboards, but the bucketing process was manual and done with assumptions that may not be appropriate. In order for the results to be highly accurate, the “bucketing” needs to be done as early in the process as possible, ideally at the time the cost or hours are recorded. For example, when a government employee enters her time, she should select the proper code that will map to the appropriate Technology Business Management taxonomy. Of course, we all know how hard it is to get everyone to enter their time using the right project codes, so this becomes a management challenge as well. Imagine if she worked on several Towers over the course of a day? How is that accurately captured?

There are definitely solutions to do this accurately. Commercial businesses are doing it now, and the work OMB and GSA are doing to develop the “playbook” for implementing TBM will provide guidance that will help ensure accurate data. And, of course, companies like cBEYONData will be helping the federal government along the way, providing our expertise to reduce the administrative burden TBM will add. I am definitely excited about our role in this process, and think the automation capabilities contained in the CFO Control Tower are a perfect match for TBM. And as a taxpayer, I am especially excited to see the results Technology Business Management will provide. Let’s get it done!

 

Michael Huffman is the Vice President of Sales at cBEYONData and will be leading the company’s TBM efforts.  He has been with the company since July 2017.  During his 28-year career, Mr. Huffman has spent over 18 years building, growing and managing organizations, programs and projects.  He has extensive experience with consulting services delivery, including successfully winning and managing Firm Fixed Price and Time and Materials contracts.

cBEYONData Named Among top DC Consulting Firms

Last year, the independent technology services research firm Clutch ranked us among the top analytics consultants. With the addition of several new reviews from large federal consulting projects, we have jumped up in the ranks, and have also earn a spot on a shortlist of the the top Washington DC IT consulting firms.

With 6 reviews, our average rating is a perfect 5.0.  In a review about a data warehousing and financial reporting project, one client, an employee at a DOJ bureau, highlighted what distinguishes us from our competitors:

cBEYONData Named One of the Top IT Companies in Washington, D.C. - cBEYONData/Clutch Business Intelligence News

“cBEYONData has an unwavering loyalty to the project’s success. They haven’t reassigned any of original developers, so we’re able to take advantage of their vast knowledge of our bureau. The most recent additions to our team are equally competent. Their diverse backgrounds and experience with various government agencies have been instrumental in this project.”

cBEYONData Named One of the Top IT Companies in Washington, D.C. - cBEYONData/Clutch Business Intelligence News May 30th

Please check out our profile on Clutch to read full length reviews, and find a detailed list of our services here.

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.

We are excited to announce that we will be attending the Information Builders 2018 Summit User Conference in Orlando Florida! cBEYONData will have over 15 cBEYONData team members attending the conference and we will have a booth (#5) at the event. Be sure to register online at the Information Builders website!

We are excited to hear about the following topics at the Information Builders 2018 User Conference:

  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Enterprise Administration
  • Fundamentals
  • Hands-On Labs
  • Strategy: Analysts Perspectives

From the Information Builders website:

The beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando will host Summit 2018, from Tuesday, May 22 – Friday, May 25. This year’s conference officially begins on Tuesday, and boasts a new agenda with more than 130 sessions. Summit 2018 ends at noon on Friday, providing plenty of flexibility for attendees to get home for the holiday or extend the stay with a terrific room rate.

You’re only as successful as the company you keep. We have a stellar line-up of industry analysts and thought leaders ready to share their knowledge and expertise as they discuss trends, strategy, and more…

cBEYONData is a results-driven firm that provides value to government agencies and organizations through Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for the CFO’s Office and end-user missions. We ensure our customers’ analytical and reporting requirements are met through solutions such as financial reporting, audit readiness, DATA Act analytics & submission, procurement & external reporting, dashboards, analytics, visualizations, and geo-mapping. cBEYONData is committed to customer success, as demonstrated by our strong customer retention rates, references and awards.