Supply Chain Best Practice Series: Back Order Vendor Performance

As healthcare systems across the country continue to implement Supply Chain Management “Best Practices,” many are now focusing on their supply chain vendor performance via Key Performance Indicators (KPI). As such, let’s focus on one key operational KPI: Back Orders to illustrate how to leverage your SCM solution. Read more

Oracle OpenWorld. A week for drinking from a fire hose.

Co-presenting with Earl Parks from Gallaudet University[i], the premier U.S. school for the deaf, was the highlight of my week at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2016. Gallaudet was a major player in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1980, which led to the adoption of universal design[ii], helping a great diversity of people, including me. The OOW presentation covered Gallaudet’s upgrade to PeopleSoft (PS) 9.2 and its deployment of the PS Fluid User Interface (UI). Read more

Cost Accounting…how to integrate the Financial System with the Clinical System

Cost Accounting in healthcare via Decision Support has always relied on core clinical systems for revenue, quality, episodic, and statistical variables. Supply and labor cost components via allocation methods from the finance system, however, continue to challenge true service and product line costs of services.

Evolving healthcare cost accounting now depends on an underlying Data Warehouse (DW). Data Warehouses, in one form or another, have been around for some time now; however, what is new is the idea of an “Enterprise” Data Warehouse (EDW). Read more

Oracle Student Cloud: Times, They Are A-Changing

Built for higher education from the ground up, Student Cloud is being designed in tandem with customers to deliver a comprehensive student system solution. Student Cloud is the umbrella name for all six pieces of Student Cloud: Student Engagement, Student Recruiting, Student Support, Student Management, Advancement and Financial Aid. Each piece may be purchased and used independently or in any combination as Oracle is supporting co-existence strategies and recognizes that Cloud technology is about meeting transformative university objectives vs. a “rip and replace” technology change. The pieces of Student Cloud are being released over time with all but Student Management and Financial Aid available now. Read more

Sierra-Cedar Higher Education Services and Workday Student – The Keys to Higher Education’s Success!

Congratulations to Workday on the release of Workday Student! Workday Student encompasses everything from student recruiting, admissions, curriculum management, student records, academic advising, financial aid, and student financials. At Sierra-Cedar, we’re excited to be a Workday Student partner because we believe this system will be able to transform the entire higher education industry. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 4)

Welcome to Part 4 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described many of the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In Part 3, I discussed the benefits and risks in Cloud design. In this edition, I will explain the four primary Cloud Deployment Models. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In this edition, I will describe many of the Cloud’s features, benefits, weaknesses, and risks. Read more

Chart of Accounts (COA) Redesign for Healthcare

Healthcare organizations rarely have “transformational” opportunities, but revisiting the Chart of Accounts (CoA) allows your organization to reassess and enhance your business requirements. Designing a new CoA has the potential for creating more positive, transformative change than other aspects of a modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The CoA is pervasive throughout both health and departmental systems that drive the business, from transactional systems for managing revenue and expense, to defining and managing budgets, people, and organizational structures, to tracking and managing assets and facilities, and many other areas. Read more

A Suggested Soft Skills Training Program

The Problem

Companies expect employees, especially those in the mid-Manager- and Director-level positions, to be independent thinking, creative resources capable of prioritizing and managing their time to further the goals of the organization. While most employees feel they work hard, and most do, the sad truth is very few have the soft skills necessary to work efficiently. As a result, most organizations are rife with the exclamation “there’s just so much that I need to do” and a sense of continuous crisis. That’s not even getting into the quintessential “IT geek” stereotype where human interaction is an awkward and unwelcome process on the best of days. Read more

Survey Says: Payroll, HRMs, and Talent—Oh My!

survey_says-4It might be hard to believe, but at one point in time, watching a favorite classic movie once a year was a real treat. Growing up in a little Ohio town in Midwest USA, not only did we walk to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm, but we also had a distinct lack of streaming videos. In the dark days of broadcast TV, one of my favorite annual events was watching Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” And yes, I understand that today there is a great deal of meaning placed on that movie for what it did and did not do well in handling sensitive political and social issues of the time—nonetheless, it also made a big impression on me.
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