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Master Data Management

You could have the best data analytics solutions in your organisation, but if your data is not trusted. What is the point?

Empower your organisation to become truly data driven by starting your data journey with complete, trusted and accurate data.

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Data Integration

Does your organisation have problems with being able to access data from disparate sources?

Integrate all of your data across multi-cloud and on-premises sources with industry-leading solutions from Informatica.

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Fee Forecasting

Understanding financial planning including net tuition revenues is the key to the success of any Higher Education institution.

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NSS and League Table Reporting

Many institutions we work with have invested significantly in initiatives to improve student engagement and success, however personalising, coordinating and measuring this support in real time is still a huge challenge.

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Institutional KPI Reporting

Our expert team will work collaboratively with you Institution KPI reporting suit your Institution’s needs.

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Student Analytics

Institutions are beginning to adopt predictive analytics to manage finances, inventory, operations, assets and resources.

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Learner Analytics (SIERA Hub)

Student Insight Engagement Retention Analytics

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Student Engagement and Retention

Many institutions we work with have invested significantly in initiatives to improve student engagement and success, however personalising, coordinating and measuring this support in real-time is still a huge challenge.

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Data Warehousing

Today Institutions are capturing unprecedented volumes of information, often doubling in the last two years alone, by capturing unstructured data in click streams and social media.

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Financial Planning

Performing Financial Planning is critical to the success of any institution. Simpson Associates have years of experience in helping institutions understand, design and build effective financial budgeting, forecasting and strategic plans to enable the Institution to plan their goals and objectives.

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Performance Management

Managing the adoption of a performance management strategy can be a challenge for many Institutions, but what it can yield in terms of improved management efficiency is worth the effort.

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Student Number Planning

Do you have a need for your student planning model to be agile, scenario-based, and flexible?

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Business Intelligence

As students become more discerning in selecting their chosen institution, educators and administrators need deeper insight into which recruitment and retention approaches work and which do not. Analytics provide the tools.

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For an organisation to become truly data-driven, it must begin its journey with trusted master data management (MDM).

Simpson Associates and Informatica offers a modular and comprehensive Master Data Management solution that has been designed with flexibility in mind. Giving your organisation the flexibility to grow your system as and when required. We offer a wealth of data management expertise, capable of reducing the time taken to complete a typical project from years to months, to even weeks. Data is in our DNA and knowing how to leverage it in all its forms enables us to never miss the mark. From business intelligence (BI) to MDM solutions, we offer vast experience spanning a rich business pedigree. We’re proud to be part of an ecosystem of technology vendor relationships that equips us to deliver the best solutions to meet your individual business needs.

Gain clearer and trusted insights and get the best out of your data with:

A single. trusted view of your organisations data:

Create a single and trusted view of your business critical data from conflicting, duplicate and desperate information sources.

Gain a 360-degree view of your organisation:

Understand and identify key relationships within your business data to discover connections between suppliers, products, customers and so much more.

A complete view of all interactions:

Get 360 view of customer behavior by linking transactions with interactions. Helping you to understand your B2B, B2C and B2A customers better and increase customer success within your organisation.

We can help you not only prepare for, but also get the fundamentals right before investing in the next new wave of technology. To get more from your data, drive revenue, and gain the confidence needed for more effective decision-making.

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If you have any questions about Informatica’s technology or Simpson Associates, please feel free to speak to us using our live chat, where one of our experts will be happy to speak with you in more detail.

 

 

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If your organisation is lacking a centralised and joined up approach to data, Informatica’s data integration products guarantee high performance, dependability and connectivity.

Informatica’s data integration products bring all of your data and applications together in one place. Whether your data is multi-cloud or on-premises, we can help integrate your data applications and data sources. With real-time access can save you time, improve processes and empower your team to work collaboratively. Enhancing your organisation’s success, whether it be in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service, healthcare and more.

At Simpson Associates, data is in our DNA and knowing how to leverage it in all its forms enables us to never miss the mark. From MDM to business intelligence solutions and our expansive experience spanning a rich business pedigree. We’re part of an ecosystem of technology vendor relationships that equips us to deliver the best solutions to meet your individual business needs.

Get more from your data, drive revenue, and gain the confidence needed for more effective decision-making

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If you have any questions about Informatica’s technology or Simpson Associates, please feel free to speak to us using our live chat, where one of our experts will be happy to speak with you in more detail.

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Fee Forecasting Icon Fee Forecasting

Understanding financial planning including net tuition revenues is the key to the success of any institution.

Simpson Associates has years of experience in helping institutions understand, design, and build effective financial budgeting, forecasting, and strategic plans to help meet their objectives of forecasting Student Fees.

Our expert team can work collaboratively with your institution, using technologies such as Microsoft, IBM to deliver a Fee Forecasting Solution that suits your Institution’s needs.

Featured Case Study: Nottingham Trent University
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Many institutions we work with have invested significantly in initiatives to improve student engagement and success. However, personalising, coordinating, and measuring this support in real time is still a huge challenge.

Simpson Associates has worked with several institutions to provide a solution that combines data access, student engagement, and predicted outcomes to identify trend and risk factors that could affect your retention and graduation rates.

Our expert data analytics team can work collaboratively with your university to deliver an NSS and League Table reporting solution to meet your needs.

Featured Case Study: Sheffield Hallam University

"The four year plan is now produced in two hours, almost all of which is system calculation time, freeing up valuable resources. Amending a target and running it through the model was a laborious process taking days, now revisions to assumptions can now be processed in as little as 20 minutes."

Andrew Hindmarsh, Head of Planning, Sheffield Hallam University
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As students become more discerning in selecting their chosen institution, educators and administrators need deeper insight into which recruitment and retention approaches work and which do not.

Analytics enables your institution to report KPI’s quickly and effectively in real-time, providing you with a competitive edge and deeper insight.

Our expert team can work collaboratively with your institution, to deliver a KPI Reporting Solution that suits your needs.

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Institutions are beginning to adopt predictive analytics to manage finances, inventory, operations, assets, and resources.

The next great wave for predictive analytics adoption in higher education is focusing on institutional performance outcomes and individualised student success in higher education – Measuring student success to effectively give you a 360 view of your students.

Our expert team can work collaboratively with your institution, to understand your requirements and deliver a data analytics solution to suit your needs.

Featured Case Study: Nottingham Trent University
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Higher Education is increasingly under pressure to improve the success of their students.

The SIERA (Student Insight Engagement Retention Analytics) Hub can help students to achieve an academic edge, improve student retention, gain higher grades, and ultimately become an employer’s top choice, with data analytics and predictive analytics for student retention,

Imagine if you could proactively identify students needing additional support and provide them with the resources necessary to improve performance. The SIERA Hub enables university personnel to gain better insight around student engagement, compare students against their cohorts and raise interventions. The SIERA HUB really is a one-stop-shop for all your learner analytical needs.

Simpson Associates is a full-service data analytics consultancy. We have worked with several Higher Education Institutions, implementing our head start application, SIERA Hub.

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Student Insight Engagement Retention Analytics

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Simpson Associates are the UK partner of Jenzabar Education Solutions who provide an engagement solution that combines data access, student engagement and predicted outcomes, allowing tutors and support staff to communicate with each other, to agree on appropriate student interventions and then to monitor implementation and results. The solution is split into 3 core areas:

Gathering student sentiment

Universities are telling us that one of their first hurdles is in capturing current and relevant data on which to base their engagement approach. The Jenzabar Student Success Survey lets you collect the non-cognitive inputs from your students, giving you much more information to complete the picture for every individual.

Early Alerts

When teams work disparately it is essential that a solution works to support collaboration and communication at all levels of student engagement and intervention.

Jenzabar Retention provides a fully integrated Concern Management System (CMS) which lets your staff provide individualised and specific intervention strategies based on a particular type of issue, thus allowing tutors enough time to support, intervene, retain or improve students.

Predictive Analytics

Like many of you, our customers are seeking the magic, black box of retention, and many vendors claim to impact persistence, but in our experience, student success is not the simple story people want it to be. Student results and standardised scoring are just one strand of an intertwined set of data that tells the complex story of student outcomes.

Jenzabar Retention’s predictive modelling functionality reflects the unique characteristics of your student population. An analysis of your current data, as far back as three years if required, identifies trends and individual risk factors affecting your retention and graduation rates. Weighting selected risk factors creates your own unique risk assessment model which is then applied to your campus, allow a clear and consistent view of who is safe, who is at risk, or who is at high risk.

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Today Institutions are capturing unprecedented volumes of information, often doubling in the last two years alone, by capturing unstructured data in clickstreams and social media.

We can work collaboratively with universities to offer a fully managed data warehouse that is highly elastic, enabling you to set up in minutes and scales capacity in seconds.

Our team of experts can help get your institution get set up, offering a cost-efficient solution compared to traditional data warehouse solutions.

Featured Case Study: The University of Nottingham – Management Information Hub

"We had sole responsibility for the architecture of the solution, providing guidance on the approach, developing and supporting the data warehouse and initial MI dashboards and reports, to help University personnel to build their knowledge and skills in parallel all at the same time. The whole team contributed and every stage of the project was delivered on time."

Sam Boulton, Higher Education Business Development Manager
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The purposes of financial planning are typically:

  • To ensure that a University has the best chance of achieving its financial operating strategy
  • To highlight what has to happen (in financial terms) to get the University from where it is now to where it wants to be in the future
  • To understand the impact of internal and external factors that will affect the University’s finances such as student retention, research income, commercial income etc.
  • To enable the University to forecast how much income it will generate and how much it can spend on different activities
  • To meet a funding council requirement for a financial forecast to be provided annually

This process can involve a large number of people from across the University including academic and professional service departments, executive boards and as well as finance departments and in our experience this process can be extremely resource intensive, involving the distribution of Excel workbooks and shared data sets and definitions to inform any individual budget and forecast production.

It is often difficult for the central finance team to have visibility of the derivation of forecast submissions to ensure common methods and assumptions are being deployed. By automating the capture and management of these models we can deliver time savings and cost savings whilst introducing an agility in the forecasting process that enables more regular forecasting capability.

Featured Case Study: Nottingham Trent University

"We now have an integrated planning tool. We put in course data and student data and use that to model our student numbers and our fee income, we input employee data and use that to model our resources that are required and then both of those feed into our finance model which summarises the income and the cost for the university during the period."

Sue Reader, Corporate Finance & Planning Manager
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A Performance Management (PM) program includes people, skills, processes, metrics and other components, as well as technologies. As the Business Intelligence (BI) program matures, the architecture will evolve, along with the processes and skills needed to support it.

Many institutions have started to take a strategic approach to BI and PM because the individual projects that prevailed in the past have created silos of information without always giving managers the insight they need to make good decisions.

However, Universities cannot always adopt a strategic approach in one simple step; it takes time to build all the skills needed for the right BI and PM program. One way to consider this is by using a BI maturity model to identify the enterprise’s current level of maturity and the level of maturity that the enterprise’s strategic goals require.

We work with customers at all levels of BI maturity, our unique added value is to participate in a project at various levels and help institutions to ensure that within the constraints of time-scale and budget we are able to facilitate the move to the next level.

Our objective is to ensure that the components we architect and develop will provide an example of best practice at any level of the maturity model and will not need to be re-engineered as the maturity of the enterprise changes.

Featured Case Study: Sheffield Hallam University

"The four year plan is now produced in two hours, almost all of which is system calculation time, freeing up valuable resources. Amending a target and running it through the model was a laborious process taking days, now revisions to assumptions can now be processed in as little as 20 minutes."

Andrew Hindmarsh, Head of Planning, Sheffield Hallam University
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Achieve a flexible student number planning process that is agile, scenario-based, and responsive to the ever-changing nature of the Higher Education sector.

Simpson Associates offer Universities a flexible option for the management and future planning of student intake and educational lifecycles, both in course structure and income terms. These solutions are multi-dimensional, dynamic, driver-based models which put control and responsiveness in the hands of the University’s planning teams, schools, and faculty stakeholders, improving response times and organisational efficiency.

In regulatory terms, our student planning solution enables organisations to respond quickly to annual or ad-hoc changes required by organisations such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), or the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

As regulatory planning or investment assumptions change, whether at a general level, school, or even course level, this can be instantly reflected across the entire student model. Automatic feeds into revised targets and plans, deliver large savings in time and resources across finance, planning and the affected faculties.

Our team of experts can get your institution set up with a Student Number Planning Solution which can predict student headcount. This enables your Institution to report and plan for the fees generated.

Simpson Associates can work collaboratively with your institution, to understand your requirements and deliver a solution to suit your needs.

Featured Case Study: The University of Nottingham – Student Planning

"The four year plan is now produced in two hours, almost all of which is system calculation time, freeing up valuable resources. Amending a target and running it through the model was a laborious process taking days, now revisions to assumptions can now be processed in as little as 20 minutes."

Andrew Hindmarsh, Head of Planning, UON
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Universities are keen to maximise their performance in the university league tables. The league tables represent a barometer to the public of a university and can have an impact on encouraging students to enrol; employers views of graduates; learning aims & objectives; funding; staff morale.

Monitoring a student’s progress is an essential part of ensuring that Higher Education Institutions are achieving their teaching and learning aims and outcomes at all levels i.e., schools, programmes and modules; not only must they ‘get this right’ but they must also be able to show that they do.

Regulatory obligations mean that this information has to be transparent and accessible and needs to reflect a continual programme of improvement against learning aims. University codes of practice concerning student progression specify that results need to be combined at source from assessment and examination boards; this can often stem from multiple data sources and be presented in multiple ways. Combining this information from these sources can present a challenge.

A university’s ability to manage student progression reporting can be improved, in part, by the better collection and integration of the data that is reported and a data warehouse-based approach is often essential to complete this integration from the key corporate systems of: Student Records, Human Resources and Finance.

Featured Case Study: London South Bank University

"Having this information available on demand, at my fingertips is invaluable. I can now see what courses are our strongest or where our students are struggling at any time of the year and this allows me to make better informed decision regarding my actions. "

Suzy Kerr Pertic, Pro Dean (Arts and Human Sciences), Student Progression
Sheffield Hallam University The University of Nottingham – Student Planning Nottingham Trent University Nottingham Trent University
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Simpson Associates, a leading data analytics consultancy, today announced its certification for ISO 9001 and ISO 27001, awarded by the Centre For Assessment (CFA). These demonstrate how Simpson Associates processes are of the highest quality, and how data is safeguarded to the upmost degree.

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Simpson Associates, a leading data analytics consultancy, announced it has joined Informatica’s Partner Programme. By partnering with Informatica®, the enterprise cloud data management leader, Simpsons Associates will provide integration, data quality & governance and master data management solutions to assist customers with their digital transformation journeys.

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Simpson Associates launch an integrated forecasting solution to help you and your business adapt quickly in the current climate. 

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September 28th 2020 Approved supplier status on G-Cloud 12 for the fourth year running

Simpson Associates is pleased to announce we’ve achieved approved supplier status for G-Cloud 12 – this is the 4th year we’ve been awarded supplier status to allow UK Government agencies to purchase through us on the Digital Marketplace.

We now have 43 services available on the G-Cloud framework, enabling public sector customers to procure cloud-based services without the need to run a full tender or competitive procurement process.

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May 14th 2018 The University of Leicester looks to the cloud as they aim to enable better decision making.

University of Leicester works alongside Simpson Associates to implement Azure SQL Data Warehouse and the Microsoft Analytics Suite.

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The University of Westminster has appointed Simpson Associates to develop a Student Number Planning Application using IBM Planning Analytics

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