College and university business leaders gathering in the nation’s capital this weekend will have a chance to see powerful, new academic ERP features Three Rivers Systems, Inc. is demonstrating at the 50th anniversary NACUBO meeting in Booth 1532 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.
When the National Association of College and University Business Officers was founded in 1962, its members were mostly accountants. Today, they are business strategists. Higher education was a face-to-face endeavor 50 years ago; now it’s being disrupted by pervasive new methodologies, global technologies and social media. And a half century ago, world economies were stable; in 2012 uncertainty and flux are the “new normal.”
A quick look at the group’s session schedule tells a similar story. Titles such as “Proactive Analytics,” “The Relentless Pursuit of Institutional Effectiveness” and “Leveraging Business Intelligence and Mobile Technology for Financial Reporting” dot the learning landscape. Not to mention no-nonsense panels addressing “A Progression of Cost-Savings Initiatives” and the “Journey to Total Cost of Ownership.”
According to Three Rivers Systems Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Jami Morshed,“The role of chief administrative and financial officers has never been more critical to the success of higher education than it is today. They need to do more with less, they face unrelenting economic pressures, they do more reporting than ever and they must pay greater attention to metrics measuring student outcomes. All this makes sophisticated business strategies a must,” he added.
Morshed said CAMS Enterprise Business Analytics, the academic ERP’s powerful business-intelligence feature, gives campus business leaders the on-demand data they need in attractive easy-to-use dashboards that simplify and enhance the strategic decision-making process so necessary in today’s unforgiving environment of cost-consciousness and accountability.
“Achieving maximum efficiency and productivity that helps deliver the ultimate student learning experience is every institution's goal,” Morshed said.
Today’s higher-education institutions have more data than ever, more decisions to make, and the need to ensure productivity and continual mission focus. CAMS Enterprise Business Analytics delivers quick access to easy-to-understand information so they can achieve maximum efficiency and productivity in decision- making — keeping the institution focused on student satisfaction and results.
Dashboards and reporting go hand-in-hand to provide clear insight into an institution’s operations, but reporting is often a key challenge for institutions. With some systems, users confront the challenge of complex report-writing software and data spread across multiple databases, making it difficult to do their jobs. Users become heavily dependent on IT departments just to get information out of the system.
In contrast, CAMS Enterprise excels at making end-user reporting easy. With point-and-click reporting simplicity, CAMS makes the right data available to the right people at the right time, empowering administrative staff and freeing-up IT resources for more valuable contributions.
CAMS excels in this and all types of reporting because it is built on a secure, single shared Microsoft SQL database that serves all major departments and portals. So, all system-wide data is always available in real-time for any report. Thanks to CAMS Enterprise’s simplified yet “disruptive” architecture institutions using CAMS enjoy quick and widespread adoption by students, faculty and staff.
Colleges and universities around the world are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in many other ways with CAMS Enterprise while their huge increases in productivity allow them to focus their resources on better serving students.
Many forward-thinking NACUBO-member schools are leaders in online education. CAMS Enterprise is also uniquely capable of meeting the special requirements of these programs. Whether it’s having the flexibility to offer semesters, trimesters, serial or concurrent terms all with variable start and end dates, CAMS can be readily configured.
CAMS provides everything colleges and universities need to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment; marketing; online applications; block-and-sequence registration; registration and payment; integrated financial aid; built-in degree audit; outcome tracking; built-in portals; mandated reports and much more.
NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,500 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO’s mission is to promote sound management and financial practices at colleges and universities.
About CAMS Enterprise
CAMS Enterprise’s disruptive technology makes it a fundamentally different academic ERP. It is an easy-to-use and implement, totally integrated, Web-native management system with everything in one place — admissions; student information; financial aid; student services; fiscal management with HR and payroll; fund-raising; alumni relations; document management, learning management, a full suite of portals, and more for managing the entire student life cycle. With an out-of-the-box configuration and self-service customization, CAMS Enterprise removes all barriers to success seen with conventional systems. CAMS’ affordable licensing, off-the-shelf configuration and easy implementation translate into the lowest total cost of ownership of any academic ERP while yielding the quickest and highest ROI.
About Three Rivers Systems Inc.
Three Rivers Systems Inc. (threerivers-cams.com) is the only privately held, independent, debt-free, one-stop company focused solely on high-quality academic ERP solutions exclusively for higher education. For more than 25 years from its St. Louis headquarters, the company is keenly focused on innovation and service to its worldwide customers. Always innovating, the company invests significant revenues back into product R&D to improve existing products while developing new ones so users always get the exact functionality, industry experience and accurate project management they need. Its business model and products are designed to ensure institutional effectiveness, more-efficient business processes, student success and satisfaction.