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HR system for North Carolina state workers

BearingPoint : 14 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Human Resources system with high levels of data security installed in North Carolina to streamline management of 86000 state employees
BearingPoint has announced the successful implementation of a new human resources and payroll computer system for the State of North Carolina.

The new integrated system, named Beacon (Building Enterprise Access for North Carolina’s Core Operation Needs), replaced North Carolina’s antiquated 30-year-old human resource and payroll computer systems with advanced technology that eliminates most paper forms and gives state employees the ability to view and change personal information online. Nearly 86,000 state employees can now perform a variety of typical functions with just a few clicks of a mouse. Benefits of the new system include:.

* Employee self-service to change items such as home address, phone numbers and emergency contact information.
* Ability to view and print both current and past paycheck details online.
* Enhanced privacy and security of data, including randomly generated Employee Identification numbers (phasing out the use of Social Security Numbers for employee ID’s).
* Improved accuracy of employee data achieved by standardizing information and processes from three separate legacy systems into one new integrated system.
* Increased opportunities for consistency across state agencies in policies and practices based on new standards introduced with the software.

BearingPoint was awarded a $28 million, two-year contract in September of 2006 to act as systems integrator for the modernization project, including responsibility for program management and implementation for Beacon, which was built using SAP NetWeaver. The system had a successful go-live for its first phase in January 2008, and the second phase and final go-live was completed in April 2008.

'Beacon is about providing employees with new tools and information to better manage their work, better manage their personal information and better manage their careers,' said State Controller Robert Powell. “BearingPoint worked with the state to help complete this project on time and in budget. With the successful go-live, Beacon will strongly benefit our employees and citizens through more efficient business operations.”

“A good partnership and working relationship with the state certainly helped make the launch of project Beacon a success,” said Cathy Pomanti, executive vice president for BearingPoint’s State and Local government practice. “This is just the latest example of where BearingPoint has helped modernise complex systems like these for state governments nationwide, including a recently completed pension administration system for the North Carolina Department of the Treasurer, as well as similar systems in Georgia and Louisiana.”¯
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