Montclair State University has contracted with Sierra-Cedar to implement Workday

Montclair State University has contracted with Sierra-Cedar to implement Workday, a best-in-class, cloud-based Human Capital Management system that will improve the delivery of services to students, faculty and staff across campus.

The Delaware-based Sierra-Cedar has a wide range of experience in higher education, completing over 1,500 projects with more than 350 colleges and universities. In addition, Sierra-Cedar is the only Workday partner to develop industry models of Workday configuration.

The implementation at Montclair State is part of the OneMontclair program, a campus-wide initiative to update the University’s business systems, integrate and streamline processes, and improve the overall customer experience.

Workday at Montclair State will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 will include Core Human Capital Management (HCM), Payroll, Benefits, Compensation, Time-Tracking and Absence Management. The schedule go-live date is January 2016.

Recruitment, Talent Management and Succession Planning will be part of Phase 2, with an expected go-live target of October 2016.

The benefits of Workday include:

  • Intuitive self-service system
  • Real-time tracking and reporting
  • Advantages of cloud-based computing
  • Process-based transactions with user guides and approval prompts
  • Automated workflows for 24/7 approval
  • Enhanced on-boarding so positions can be filled faster
  • Easier labor and state compliance methods
  • Streamlined and automated business processes

“Workday is truly intuitive in that it is designed to work the way people work,” said Jerry Cutler, the University’s vice president for Human Resources. “With Workday, we will have technologically advanced HCM capabilities that streamline business processes and promote our ability to deliver high-quality, strategic services to the campus community.  It will truly enhance the Montclair State experience for everyone.”

Cathy Bongo, assistant vice president for Human Resources Operations who is leading the Human Resources project team, said, “We are looking forward to partnering with Sierra-Cedar on a successful implementation of Workday.” She added, “Everyone, from students to staff, will benefit from Workday’s self-service and mobile capabilities. Workday is available anywhere and on any device.”

Workday boasts the highest security standards and compliance with data privacy laws. According to the website, safeguards and regulation updates are built into every Workday release.