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

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

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

Where do I stand with My Budget? Lessons from KCTCS

I have recently been working with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on improvements to their budget reporting process. These improvements included the development and distribution of a weekly report for those responsible for the budget.

Utilizing Connected Query and BI Publisher, we have developed several reports to support budget users in managing their budgets. Many ad-hoc reports to manage the overall college budgets had already been developed for the business officers who use PeopleSoft on a regular basis. But what was really needed, was the ability to email reports to the non-PeopleSoft users who were in charge of the budgets. Read more

Homemade Budget Development: Creating a Customized Budget Module at KCTCS

I have been working with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on improvements to their annual budget planning process. These improvements include the development of a custom budget module within PeopleSoft Financials. With the upgrade to PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53, we continue to improve upon the budget planning process—now is in its 3rd year of being utilized by the colleges. Read more

Activity Guides: Steering You Down the Right Path for Grant Closeouts

So what’s an Activity Guide?

You are probably making a To-Do List leading up to the Alliance Conference. That’s similar to an Activity Guide except for it to become and Activity Guide, you would need to then copy your To-Do List, hand it out to everyone else who is coming to Alliance 2015, and have them adopt. All of a sudden, everyone coming to the conference would prepare for Alliance in exactly the same way that you do. No task would be forgotten…because I know your To-Do List is absolutely complete and thorough. That would be a wonderful world, right? Read more

Before, During, and After the Upgrade to PeopleSoft Financials 9.2: What We Learned at KCTCS

I have recently been working with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on their PeopleSoft Financials upgrade from 9.1 to 9.2. This upgrade brought a great many new features which KCTCS wanted to take advantage of immediately.

With the upgrade to PeopleSoft Financials 9.2, KCTCS was able to eliminate several customizations and improve their efficiencies. Read more

Implementing GL Journal Workflow at KCTCS

I have recently been working with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on improvements to their journal entry process. These improvements include streamlining their entry process and reducing redundancy.

With the upgrade to PeopleSoft Financials 9.1, we were able to streamline the entry of journals by utilizing several of the new delivered functionality. This included the new approval framework for workflow and the attachment feature for journals. Read more

Security Matters

While many aspects of PeopleSoft security have not really changed much since I was first introduced to the product as a university student worker, there have actually been a lot of changes over the past 19 years, especially with Campus Solutions. From my early days as a student worker as a developer for a University HRMS/Financials implementation, every job I had started as a technical developer position but ended up with either teaching security or doing security.

At the time I started, PeopleSoft security was a new and somewhat foreign concept to functional and technical alike. Instead of the legacy system where IT pretty much told the functional users what they could have access to, we started asking them what pages they needed access to in order to do their jobs. From that first enablement of the functional teams taking control (and therefore responsibility) of their staff’s access we have continued to engage the functional teams in the design and implementation of the system security. Read more