SunGard Consulting Services at a Glance

Uppers

  • "I have been able to play several roles on different projects."
  • "Positive attitude focused on developing employees."
  • "The firm's culture is one that includes the families of its employees. Work hard, play hard."
  • "Small company culture, access to top executives."

Downers

  • "The opportunity should have been presented as a subcontract rather than FTE."
  • "Lack of travel opportunities."
  • "Helping out with marketing reduces billability and thus the billable bonus."
  • "Not enough project-based opportunities."

The Buzz

  • "Security consulting."
  • "Banking."
  • "Still time to catch up with big players."
  • "Disaster recovery; difficult business model."

About SunGard Consulting Services

A division of SunGard Financial Systems-which is itself a subsidiary of SunGard Data Systems-SunGard Consulting Services provides independent business and technology consulting primarily in the financial services, energy and media industries. The majority of the consulting arm's work is helping firms around the world identify the right technology strategy for their business, whether that involves navigating regulatory requirements, developing proprietary software or integrating off-the-shelf products; the parent firm is a global leader in software and processing solutions across financial services. Its consultants offer deep domain and technology expertise as well as unparalleled insight into SunGard's solutions. 

The Consulting Services group is a relative newcomer to SunGard, having only been acquired in 2002 (the parent firm dates back to 1982). Prior to that, it operated as EnFORM Technology, an energy-tech consultancy based in Houston that was started by a group of ex-big five consultants. By leveraging its parent firm's sizable distribution channel, SunGard Consulting Services has since emerged as a major global player, leveraging SunGard's global delivery model with offshore solution centers in India, China and Tunisia.

 

The back end of banking

SunGard Consulting Services ranks some of the world's largest financial services corporations among its clients. For these companies, SunGard consultants do everything required to integrate technology with the clients' business-which often involves SunGard's proprietary methodologies. Its services range from regulatory and risk management to data warehousing, systems integration, custom application development and package implementation. 

One high-profile client that benefited from a range of SunGard's services was the New York Stock Exchange. Working with SunGard in a joint development, the NYSE developed data management solutions for the market data, news and alert capabilities it offers through its NYSE Market Access Center. The center provides real-time access to trading information and news, and utilizes real-time services (including a data feed) from SunGard. In addition to providing the feed and other charting and reporting capabilities, the SunGard system offers a complex alert system that delivers results to wireless devices. While a SunGard software team performed much of the work on the project in terms of software development and the like, its Consulting Services division also had a significant role to play-namely in providing services such as project management, requirements analysis and change management. According to the firm, it also provided integration expertise in terms of connectivity and ASP delivery, user acceptance testing and final launch. 

 

Powering up

Energy is SunGard Consulting Services' other major practice area. Hardly surprising given its history in the industry, and even SunGard's as a whole; formed in a 1982 leveraged buyout of Sun Oil Company, energy has always been the lifeblood of the firm's profits and expertise. Specifically, SunGard Consulting Services serves utilities, retailers, wholesalers, and integrated energy and commodity companies, as well as market participants such as banks, hedge funds, traders, and nonintegrated energy companies and exchanges. SunGard consultants offer advice and technical expertise across the board. For corporations, consultants help reduce costly inefficiencies resulting from outdated infrastructure, ignorant trading strategies, and more. For example, the ever-changing nature of energy regulation, like Dodd-Frank Title VII, demands an intimate understanding of what is and is not compliant; as the United States seeks cleaner, homegrown energy alternatives, SunGard Consulting Services will be among the major advisors and providers of innovative technologies. 

 

 

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SunGard Consulting Services

10375 Richmond Avenue
Suite 700
Houston, TX 77042
Phone: (713) 350-1000
Fax: (713) 438-1000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • CEO: Russell P. Fradin
  • 2014 Employees: 13,000

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business consulting
    Advisory services
    Business process improvement
    IT strategy and governance
    Customer experience
    Program assurance
     
    Technology consulting
    Advanced technology
    Information management
    Business process management
    Custom application development
    Package implementation
    Systems integration
     
    Managed services
    Managed IT services
    Business process outsourcing
    Testing services

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)

    Charlotte, NC
    Dallas, TX
    New York, NY

    Dublin, IRE
    London, UK