Sierra-Cedar Adds Two New Salesforce Marketing Cloud Consultants

Colleges and universities have a growing demand for advanced marketing features to support increasingly complex use-cases that take the multi-channel student engagement to the next level. To support the marketing transformation that is taking place across campuses nationwide, we are pleased to announce the addition of two new team members who bring significant marketing experience to the industry and who complement our seasoned team of certified Salesforce and Marketing Cloud professionals. Read more

You’ve Come a Long Way, Survey

Reflections on Technology, Transparency, and the Changing Culture of People and Work through the Eyes of a 20-Year-Old Survey    Take a moment and look back to where you were 20 years ago, in 1997… I was a young mother, working on a graduate degree, applying for an internship that would eventually change my life. […]

Managing PeopleSoft Security

Managing PeopleSoft security is an important component of managing your system. We find that system security is oftentimes an afterthought, especially during an implementation or an upgrade. This can result in security being perceived as an obstacle by users rather than a positive system module. Read more

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