Today’s college and university IT leaders are faced with intense budget pressures and demands on their resources, yet expectations regarding service levels, agility, and flexibility are growing ever more complex. Presidents, provosts, and trustees expect to leverage information technology to help realize the institution’s strategic vision and improve student outcomes, including admissions, retention, and graduation rates. Faculty and student expectations continue to evolve from place-based education to more fluid multi-platform, cloud-based technologies and ubiquitous Sierra-Cedar_HEaccess for wireless devices. One of the key challenges and opportunities facing IT leaders is how to accommodate and support mission-differentiating and mission-critical new technologies, IT environments, and service models while strategically utilizing the mix of technology services available from on-premise, cloud, and hosted sources. Given these challenges, we focus on providing what our clients want most:

A Trusted Advisor

At Sierra-Cedar, we build long-term customer relationships that provide tangible business benefit and impact. We don’t sell one-size-fits-all solutions; rather, we are interested in learning what distinguishes your institution, what will satisfy your unique requirements, and how to best serve your distinct vision and mission now and into the future.

Higher Education Expertise

Our 200 higher education consultants:

  • Are business process experts.
  • Have been in your shoes. They have worked as faculty, senior administrators, and leaders in academic, student, human resources, financial, and information technology positions within a diverse array of colleges and universities.
  • Average more than 13 years of higher education experience and 8 years of technology experience.

Solutions that Meet Today’s Needs

We offer a full range of consulting, technical, and managed services to help you anticipate, identify, and address your institution’s needs with strategic and affordable solutions. We provide project management, functional, technical, and management consulting services to plan, implement, upgrade, manage, and host your Human Resources, Financial Management, Student, Business Intelligence, and CRM systems using the latest Software as a Service (SaaS), ERP, and Platform as a Service (PaaS) technologies.

Sierra-Cedar has successfully completed over 1,500 projects with more than 350 colleges and universities. The breadth and depth of our expertise in meeting the unique business needs of higher education, combined with our decades of experience delivering successful, large-scale, integrated software solutions, will help you realize the full potential of your institution’s initiatives. Together we will develop a strategic, integrated solution to maximize your enterprise technology ROI.

Tracy Flinders

Sierra-Cedar has been the kind of strategic business partner we needed. They understand the meaning of the word ‘strategic’ by making our business relationship a top priority. Further, they immediately rolled up their sleeves and went to work understanding our business processes and establishing trust and credibility with our employees.

Tracy FlindersManaging Director, Office of Information TechnologyBrigham Young University
James Garrison

When we began our implementation project, our cycle time for evaluation of our undergraduate applicants was 120 days or more. Our Sierra-Cedar consultants guided us through the decisions we needed to make in terms of business process changes that would take advantage of our new software, and evaluations now take less than 20 days, representing a decrease in cycle time of over 83%!

James GarrisonRegistarNational University
Jack Raubolt

Sierra-Cedar is one of the best implementation firms I have worked with. They take the time to understand the business needs and timelines. Their consultants are smart, understandable and dependable. They are skilled at communicating with technical and functional staff. I have found them willing and able to work through all issues that come their way. 

I highly recommend their support and services.

Jack RauboltVice President of AdministrationChapman University
Dave Kieffer

Ohio State has just completed our upgrade and split of PeopleSoft HR 9.2 and Campus Solutions 9.0 with the help of Io Consulting.  We’ve found them to be expert and able partners through the entire process.  From their deep knowledge of the PeopleSoft technologies to their experience with the HR/CS Split, they have brought great talent to the table.

Dave KiefferSr. Director, Enterprise ApplicationsOhio State University
Kathy Bader

Sierra-Cedar and its partners helped everything come together fast. I have not heard of any other University in the country that registers as many students in one window as Duke, but we were able to do so with Sierra-Cedar’s help.

Kathy BaderAssistant Vice Provost & Director of SISSDuke University
Brett Bendick

There were numerous contributing factors that made the CS effort  successful – project planning, project leadership and management, awesome tech team.

Brett BendickDevelopment Architect for the UAccess Student ProjectUniversity of Arizona
Dr. Adrian Sannier

Sierra-Cedar’s experience with rapid implementations and process-centric methodology and their experienced higher education consultants and proven software hosting capabilities were critical to our success. Our strategic partnership allowed us to complete our technology transformation far ahead of schedule and for a fraction of the projected cost. This partnership will extend into the future as Sierra-Cedar manages our new production systems and keeps us current with information technology, defining ERP the ASU Way and allowing us to focus on fulfilling the vision of an outstanding education for students of the New American University.

Dr. Adrian SannierFormer Chief Technology OfficerArizona State University
Donald Schanck

We are very pleased to be the first client to integrate Force.com and Workday Financials. The journal solution developed by Sierra-Cedar enables our 300 distributed users to upload multiple entries seamlessly to the Financials application. Sierra-Cedar’s higher education and SalesForce expertise, rapid response time, and ability to meet our requirements within a very tight timeline made them the ideal partner.

Donald SchanckAssistant Vice Pres. and University ControllerBrown University