Sierra Consulting Group has worked with companies in various industries including primary education, manufacturing, television/media, accounting, and professional services to name a few. While our clients may hail from different industries, they are quite similar with regards to their technology needs: they require solutions to help their organizations run more effectively. Our team collaborates with our client partners to assess business issues and develop solutions which are effective, scalable, and cost efficient.
Below are case studies which will illustrate the various ways Sierra Consulting Group has implemented technology solutions that have transformed the ways our clients work. Please feel free to contact us if any of the solutions would be a good fit at your organization.
The Kaleidoscope Group – Chicago, IL
Sierra Consulting Group has worked since 2004 as the outsourced IT management company for The Kaleidoscope Group, LLC., a full-service diversity & inclusion consultancy company based in Chicago. Prior to working with us, The Kaleidoscope Group was faced with an unreliable network infrastructure, antiquated Apple computers, no remote access to files or email, and a website which required consistent involvement of their contracted web development company.
The first priority of our work with Kaleidoscope was to stabilize the technology infrastructure. Ray Harth, the lead project manager, worked with Kaleidoscope’s operations director to determine the firm’s needs, create a budget, and establish a project timeline. By procuring Windows-based servers, we were able to create a highly reliable network which gave users access to shared files and resources, workgroup email with Exchange, and VPN access to the internal network.
For the last several years, Sierra Consulting Group (SCG), has been an incredible business partner working with and guiding our organization to successfully develop a technology infrastructure that continually takes our organization to the next level. Due to their tremendous technology and telecommunication capability and expertise, our organization has been able to more effectively serve and exceed marketplace demands in cutting edge ways. Internally, we have realized great maturity and operational efficiencies we didn’t have before. As we move toward the future during the changing business climate, we are very confident that we are positioned for success with our committed visionary partner, SCG.
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Bennett Day School – Chicago, IL
Local Area Network Installation & Management
Student Information System Implementation
Education Technology Integration
Bennett Day School is a private school in Chicago’s West Loop and was founded in 2014. Like a lot of small startup businesses, the CEO and Co-Founder, Cameron Smith, couldn’t justify the expense of employing an internal IT department to build the school’s technological infrastructure. They required the expertise and flexibility of an outside firm that could help choose and implement the correct technologies, equipment, and software to allow them to operate efficiently. They also knew they needed a system that was scalable and could grow as more students, employees, and campuses were added. And finally, they needed a partner that could stick to a set budget as the school got on its feet. Since planning began in 2013 Sierra has consulted the school on all aspects of its technological framework. Major accomplishments include:
- Installed and currently maintain Bennett Day’s local area network at both school campuses
- Worked with a Canon vendor to integrate the school’s copier system with the Microsoft Active Directory
- Spearheaded the search for, transition to, and staff adoption of their student information system (Blackbaud onProducts)
- Led the search for and adoption of a VoIP phone system
- Classroom integration of Apple TVs
- Advise yearly planning and procurement of technology equipment for new staff and students
- Mobile Device Management of iPads and Macbooks via Cisco Meraki’s System Manager product
- Deployment of digital signage systems utilizing Google Chromeboxes
- Professional development for teachers on tech integration in the classroom for programs such as RAZ Kids, Google Drive, iPad apps, and the Blackbaud student information system (SIS)
“The Sierra team effectively serves as the CTO and IT Department at Bennett Day School. They are strategic, proactive partners to us, whether it has been: designing and networking our multiple school campuses; conducting an RFP on our behalf for our new student information system; selecting and implementing our new VoIP phone system; or bringing new and innovative ed tech instructional ideas to our faculty to be leveraged in the classroom. It has been wonderful having Sierra as a partner!” – Cameron Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, Bennett Day School