Why Microsoft?

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we work with Microsoft to deliver academic ERP solutions for higher education that leverage its widely adopted, standard technologies. Software products around the world can be fit into three marketplace categories:

  • Pure Microsoft technology.
  • Non-Microsoft technology.
  • Mixed technology - products that claim to be based on Microsoft technology, but really aren't.

Pure Microsoft
CAMS® Enterprise is based on pure Microsoft technology. Microsoft has taken the lead in delivering the most-integrated Web development tools in the market. These standard tools and integrated development environment assure quick product development and the ability to deliver elegant solutions rather than piecemeal components. Everyone is familiar with Microsoft products and CAMS Enterprise follows the design and development standards consistent with those familiar products. The interoperability CAMS Enterprise offers with the Office suite of products, the seamless integration with the back-office server products, and the availability of the data in XML and other formats are revolutionary.

Most products not based on Microsoft technology have typically originated from days of mainframe computing and have had their life extended with bolted-on front ends. These products are cumbersome because the functions are inconsistent, having undergone a band-aid approach over the years. The systems are hard to use because technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. By their nature, these systems create a high-risk situation for institutions because they require a large staff of specially trained, hard-to-find individuals who act as the glue to keep the system functioning. It is only a matter of time before these kinds of systems will be phased out and replaced with modern, Web-native customer-centric services.

Mixed Microsoft
Another class of systems based on the client/server architecture and founded on Microsoft technology is now outdated. While they may use elements of Microsoft technology, they also pull pieces from a variety of unrelated technologies, resulting in unstable systems that are challenging to maintain and use, and do not scale well.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner , we give customers a strategic position within the IT community. Compatibility with Microsoft and other open standards eliminates incompatibility concerns, release delays and unexplainable problems. The Microsoft partnership guarantees access to early releases on all development tools and Microsoft Office products, which in turn enables us to release updates and new products in a timely manner.

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About Our Clients

Three Rivers Systems proudly serves colleges and universities around the globe in all major Carnegie Foundation classifications: Associate’s Colleges; Doctorate-granting Universities; Master’s Colleges and Universities; Baccalaureate Colleges; Special Focus Institutions like law, medical and business schools as well as faith-based institutions and theological seminaries; and Tribal Colleges. From premier institutions like Baylor College of Medicine and Andover Newton Theological School, the nation’s first graduate university, to the prestigious American University of Paris and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, we help our clients manage the entire student lifecycle effectively and efficiently. A full-service provider, we develop and deliver software and all implementation, training, project management and support services.

About Three Rivers Systems, Inc.

Three Rivers Systems Inc. is a privately owned company creating and delivering high-quality ERP solutions exclusively for higher education since 1985. Our Comprehensive Academic Management System, called CAMS®, consistently improves operational efficiencies while saving our clients as much as 75 percent a year in IT expenditures. From our headquarters in St. Louis, our business model is structured to work in tandem with your higher education institution, supporting your efforts to ensure student success and satisfaction; to increase enrollment; to boost revenues; to be more efficient and to manage the entire student lifecycle more effectively.