HESS Consortium Business Partners

HESS Consortium Business Partners & Affiliates

As a Foundational HESS Enterprise Software Partner, you must be one of the major software solution providers – Anthology, Ellucian, Jenzabar, Oracle or Workday. These partners have dedicated board cohort representatives, have a HESS user cohort with regular meetings and special sessions and activities at HESS national conferences. These companies also have dedicated discussion spaces on the HESS OLC as well as a user group listserv.

The relationship with our foundational enterprise software partners is pivotal to the success of our member institutions and to the HESS Consortium. Our cohort teams work with these companies to drive engagement with HESS member customers for discount pricing and pricing/support programs, facilitate communications, conduct regular cohort meetings, information posts on the HESS OLC and cohort listservs and coordinate other activities for collaboration among the members of these HESS cohort groups. The activities of our enterprise systems cohort groups work independently or in tandem with our contract partner and discount affiliate programs and are driven by our cohort leadership, the cohort members and the HESS Consortium.

There is no annual fee for being listed as a foundational enterprise software partner but all of these partners are encouraged to be engaged with their cohort groups and be presenters and sponsors for our conferences & events.

Our HESS Consortium Business Partners & Business Affiliates

Our HESS Consortium Business Partners and Business Affiliates are crucial to help educate, inform and provide the best technologies our national membership of private, non-profit colleges and universities. Our business partners are selected and invited by the HESS Consortium based on the references and recommendations of our members, extensive research, evaluated value and excellence in pricing. HESS business partners are done by invitation only and range from a number of product and service groups in consulting, hardware / peripherals, SaaS products as well as other technology related areas. We have three (3) levels of business relationships: HESS Consortium Foundational Enterprise Solution Partners, HESS / Coalition Contract Business Partners and HESS / Coalition Business Affiliates. To learn more about these relationship levels and how your company might develop a business relationship with HESS, click here.

The full listing of HESS Business Partners and Affiliates information, contacts and discount information can be found on our HESS Online Leadership Community (HESS OLC) closed social media site (member login required). A short list of these partners can be found here.

In 2022, a major new strategic partnership was formed with the Coalition for College Cost Savings (the Coalition). This partnership is unique in that both the Coalition and the HESS Consortium serve the needs of only private, non-profit colleges and universities. This new collaboration brings more savings, collaboration, subject matter expertise to both of our organizations while focusing on the unique contract needs of private institutions nationwide.  HESS is proud of our new partnership with the Coalition and plans many new partnered contracts for our collective member institutions in the future.

Premier HESS / Coalition Partnered Contracts include:

Data is the key to success in the digital era, and next generation Oracle cloud technology is here to transform how you manage it. Whether yours is a growing company looking to implement Oracle cloud applications, or a seasoned on-premise client considering a cloud migration, our proven Oracle consulting solutions offer a fast, efficient, and simplified route to the cloud.

Drivestream is the exclusive implementation and support partner for the HESS Collective Program for our common enterprise administrative software program.

Doctums is a management and technology consulting firm solely committed to higher education. They bring years of deep experience to provide bespoke support in strategy, administration, and the student experience, unlocking the potential of technology you already have.

Doctums has signed on as a HESS and Collation Business Partner that includes exclusive discount rates to HESS and Coalition member institutions!
Our team brings decades of experience in higher education to tackle the most complex business challenges you may be facing. We only recruit the best in the industry and ensure that our deep sector knowledge provides education institutions with services that deliver targeted outcomes.

First American Education Finance is a financial services company and wholly owned subsidiary of City National Bank and their parent company, Royal Bank of Canada. For over 20 years, our specialized team has worked to develop a deep understanding of the greatest needs and challenges facing higher education institutions. Our deep experience and financial strength have enabled us to support the financing needs of more than 800 schools to help deliver the best education possible to their students.  

Granite delivers one-stop voice and data solutions to governmental agencies, educational institutions and multi-location businesses throughout the United States and Canada. The initial goal was simple – to make sourcing and managing local and long-distance phone services easier for our customers. Granite does this by providing: ​ Savings up to 50% ​​on current circuit and wireless costs.

Putting check payments and paper invoices, and all the headaches that come with them, in the past is one of the best changes an AP department can make. Invoice Automation allows finance professionals to gain immediate visibility to all invoices and their approval status, along with enabling departments to go paperless through electronic processing and archiving. Payment Automation enables organizations to process all vendor payment batches at the click of a button, while streamlining reconciliation and reducing vendor inquiries.

Moran Technology Consultants (MTC) are highly experienced, vendor independent IT management consultants, serving education, public sector and commercial clients for over 18 years. We help you identify and maximize the benefits of your IT resources. Our services focus on management consulting, information security, data & analytics, and project management.

Our approach is to consult with you and not at you, using proven methodologies to provide pragmatic recommendations that fit your requirements, budget, and culture.

MTC has served organizations of all sizes and complexities, with clients across the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China.

A full listing of all of our HESS member discounts and contracts can be found on our HESS Online Leadership Community (OLC) Business Partner WIKI.  (login required)

Current HESS Consortium Business Partner Programs


E&I/HESS Aggregate Purchasing Program with CDW-G

Our partner, E&I Cooperative Services has created an exclusive aggregate purchase agreement for HESS Consortium member institutions.  This allows the annual spend of all of our HESS institutions to purchase as one entity at CDW-G, offering much deeper pricing across the CDW-G catalog.  You order as you normally would but at much greater savings.  As a member of HESS, your campus will automatically be part of the HESS/E&I aggregate purchase program that allows our private schools to aggregately purchase equipment and software at large quantity prices normally reserved for large public institutions.  

As a member of HESS, you automatically get access to this deeper pricing BUT, to take advantage of the pricing, you should: 1.) be a member in good standing with HESS and E&I (E&I membership is free), 2.) let your CDWG sale representative know that you are a member of the HESS/E&I agreement and 3.) you MUST select the E&I contract to get the deeper discounted pricing in your CDW-G portal area.

EXPLANATION OF E&I/ HESS CDW-G DISCOUNTS: 

There are two levels of discount pricing through the E&I CDW-G agreement.  The first is a base-level discount for those using the E&I contract at any level of purchase volume.  There is a second-level discount for institutions who can commit to buying at least $2M in hardware and/or peripherals.  Most of our HESS member institutions are smaller, private institutions that will not reach the $2M threshold for the best pricing from the contract. 

E&I and HESS has negotated a special member agreement (SMA) with the HESS Consortium so that all HESS institutions’ purchases through CDW-G combined can reach the buying threshold to allow all of our institutions the highest-level pricing possible. The HESS organization has signed the agreement with CDW-G on behalf of our membership so their is not commitment agreement necessary from our individual member institutions.  In 2018, HESS institutions purchased over $5M in hardware, peripherals and supplies from CDW-G making HESS the largest collective organization using the E&I CDW-G contract.

HESS Consortium Business Partner Programs

HESS members have a variety of discount programs that are available from our ERP and Cloud systems providers.  All of our ERP partners offer HESS members discounts on software and services.  These ERP partners include: Anthology, Ellucian, Jenzabar, Oracle, and Workday. While discounts are available from all of our ERP business partners, we have established full cooperative contracts with some of these companies, listed below, in cooperation with E&I Cooperative Services and our newest business partner contract strategic partner, The Coalition for College Cost Savings. Like HESS, The Coalition for College Cost Savings specializes in master service agreements that serve the private, non-profit college and university community.  The following are our business partner and affiliate programs through HESS and the Coalition. To register to be a partner at one of these levels, scroll down to see the buttons below.

HESS / Coalition Contract Partners

Our HESS / Coalition Contract Partners include our top partners in enterprise software, hardware and services. Being a contract partner means that a company has signed our partnered master service agreement (MSA) that ensures that our members get the best pricing and terms and conditions as researched, recommended and evaluated by HESS and its member institutions. These business partners experience member engagement on a whole new level through quarterly communications, webinars, website information, microsites and special discount offers and incentives. These partners could also be invited to becoming partners in programs in educate and innovate with our members through the Consortium’s member cohort groups. There is a revenue share involved in this program that is used to support HESS and our member programs. Contract Partners are by invitation only. For more information, please contact us.

HESS / Coalition Discount Business Affiliates

Business Affiliates that offer basic discounts to our members through our HESS Online Leadership Community (OLC) Business Partner Wiki. These business affiliates offer our members discounts on various hardware, software and services. Business Affiliates also have access to participate in the HESS Consortium National Conferences each year for sponsorship, displays and events as well as one or two HESS webinars with our members. Business Affiliates are also included in our HESS OLC Business Partners Wiki microsites. There is a small annual cost involved in this program that is used to support HESS and our member programs. For more information, please contact us.

The relationship with our foundational enterprise software partners is pivotal to the success of our member institutions and to the HESS Consortium. Our cohort teams work with these companies to drive engagement with HESS member customers for discount pricing and pricing/support programs, facilitate communications, conduct regular cohort meetings, information posts on the HESS OLC and cohort listservs and coordinate other activities for collaboration among the members of these HESS cohort groups. The activities of our enterprise systems cohort groups work independently or in tandem with our contract partner and discount affiliate programs and are driven by our cohort leadership, the cohort members and the HESS Consortium.

As a Foundational HESS Enterprise Software Partner, you must be one of the major software solution providers – Anthology, Ellucian, Jenzabar, Oracle or Workday. These partners have dedicated board cohort representatives, have a HESS user cohort with regular meetings and special sessions and activities at HESS national conferences. These companies also have dedicated discussion spaces on the HESS OLC as well as a user group listserv.

There is no annual fee for being listed as a foundational enterprise software partner but all of these partners are encouraged to be engaged with their cohort groups and be presenters and sponsors for our conferences & events.