Portland State University Success Story

February 19, 2020

PSU graduates to the next level with IBM COGNOS TM1

Customer profile

  • Nationally acclaimed school in downtown Portland
  • Over 3,500 staff members, 29,000 students
  • Over 220 degree and educational program offerings across eight schools

Key challenges

  • Limited public funding creates constant pressure on expense management
  • Challenges with accurate student enrollment planning
  • Existing Excel templates were fragmented, inconsistent and manually intensive
  • Difficult to consolidate data from various academic and administrative offices
  • Data integrity


  • Structure and automate the university-wide budgeting process
  • Automate data integration with Ellucian Banner
  • Overall process optimization and automation
  • Standardize and integrate planning sub-modules


  • Integrated web-based, workflow-managed planning solution
  • Significantly shortened budget and forecast cycles
  • Automated integration of Ellucian Banner structures and data
  • A low-maintenance and efficient solution with minimal burden on Finance
  • Better data, better analytics!
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