Beacon was formed in 1990 by Dan Maude, former Director of Strategic Accounts for McCormack and Dodge, when he saw that large, complex organizations around the world were often frustrated by the cost, ineffectiveness, and length of time of traditional software implementations offered by the big accounting firms.
EXPERIENCED BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
Dan’s basic business premise was that customers wanted teams of experienced professionals, well versed in both the software they were implementing as well as the business processes to be improved. It was Dan’s vision that we would deliver to our customers a higher level of value for a lower price point through the delivery of services by specialized professionals.
This proved to be an effective strategy with Beacon’s first customers, including JP Morgan, Sun Life Assurance, The Equitable Life Assurance Company, Travelers Insurance, Wachovia Bank, Union Carbide, Converse, and NCR, where Beacon implemented Millennium-based systems.
BEACON AND PEOPLESOFT
In 1992, when PeopleSoft was developing its initial suite of financial products, Mike Kaiser (then Vice President of PeopleSoft Financials), asked Beacon, because of our reputation in financial systems expertise, to review and assist with the first version of PeopleSoft Financials.
Beacon began dedicating resources to PeopleSoft and to delivering high quality implementation services to PeopleSoft customers. Upon the advent of the first partnership program, Beacon was asked to join PeopleSoft’s Global Alliance Program as one of the original group of system integrator vendors, and the only Firm to specialize in Financials.
It was at this time that Beacon made a total commitment to PeopleSoft and dedicated our entire practice to improving the productivity, efficiency, bottom line, and overall performance of our customers through the implementation of PeopleSoft applications.