CIO Review >> Magazine >> December  2013  Education Technology Special issue

Have we arrived into the 21st century? Are present day children really equipped for this paradigm shift in education to be lifelong learners? From ikids to higher education, it is a transition in educating the digital generation of learners. It is an amalgamated effort from visionaries, education experts, policymakers and the teaching fraternity to drive in the vision and infuse necessary skills to reach out to every child.

Teacher training programs that facilitate deeper problem-based learning helps students attain higher levels of achievement. The clear edge is about staying current and continuing to absorb experiences and knowledge. The future crafting should be towards advancing the readiness of students for college, career, and global citizenship.

Every aspect of the education system right from preK-12 to post secondary and the adult learning spectrum must respond to the special skill sets required for advanced economies spear heading the global knowledge base. Be it cognitive skills, computational fluency, language skills for global connectivity or computer coding it is the competitive edge that is re-enforcing the 21 century preparedness. Collaborative learning with effective use of technology helps upgrade essential skills for a knowledge based economy.

From re designed classrooms, introduction of Web2.0 tools, gaming, MOOC's, tablets, mobile devices, laptops, simulations etc the patterns of innovation are being constantly remodeled to reach and evolve a globally competitive workforce. It is helping school systems around the world meet the demands of 21century learners and employers. Technology should be seamless and easy to use, as easy as picking up the chalk, for blended learning.

As a prelude to the final CIOReview's Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013, our selection panel evaluated the capabilities of dozens of promising vendors which was deemed necessary in mitigating the skill gap to power the change towards digital citizenship.

 We present to you CIOReview's 20 Most Promising Education Solution and Consulting Providers 2013.


20 Most Promising Education Techonology Consulting Companies of 2013
Company Management Founded Description
Collaborative Solutions
Washington, D.C.
Carroll Ross
2003 Collaborative Solutions helps design, develop and deployyour Workday deployment
Collegis Education
Oak Brook,IL
Michael Locke
President and CEO
2013 Helping educational institutions improve enrollment growth through integrated technology and responsive analytics
Atlanta, Georgia
Sanjeev Mansotra
2003 An end-to-end, education-focused, technology-enabled solutions provider
Newton, MA

John Richards


  Helping clients plan, grow and evaluate businesses in the education market
Hauppauge, NY

Gregory G.Galdi Founder

1979 Custom Computer Specialists help realize better overall return from IT investments
Toronto, Ontario
Neil Stevens
1991 DesTech provides technology training across disciplines and vendors
Fairfax, VA
Sudhakar Kesavan

Solution provider to society's most challenging management, technology and policy issues.

Ramsey, NJ
Dr. Nancy Sulla
1987 Provides educational consultancy in designing and implementing instructional and organizational models empowering all learners
Boston, Massachusetts
William Mosakowski
1986 A management consulting firm serving public sector education agencies prepare students for 21st century citizenship.
Chandler, Arizona
Norm Allgood
2011 Helping partners construct sustainable and reputable adult learning environments
Chicago, IL
Donald J. Fraynd, PhD
2011 TeacherMatch provides predictive analytics to hire quality teachers
West Chester, PA
Kevin Drury
1995 Provider of Business Intelligence products and consulting services for higher education, commercial and government clients
Pittsburgh, PA
Eric Frank
2013 Acrobatiq partners with faculty and academic leaders to measureably improve learning outcomes
Clifton Park, NY
Ray Apy
President and CEO
1970 Provider of Integrated Communication Systems that increase access to quality education
Warwick, RI
Tim Hebert
1987 Atrion is an IT Services Provider that designs, deploys and manages business-driven information technology solutions
Atlanta, Georgia
Raleigh Burgess
Provides an unique suite of analytical analysis tools and methodologies maximising ROI
Chino Hills, CA
Ernie Delgado and Rick Harrell
Co Founders
2002 BEYOND Technology Education provides successful technology integration plans for K-12 education
Columbus, OH
Chris Eckels and Tim Laseke
Managing Partners
2008 Cyanna delivers business consulting and commercial grade software solutions focused on the total student life-cycle
Boston, MA
Teddy Rice and Jordan Meranus
Co Founders
2011 Ellevation software solutions focus on the needs of English Language Learners and the professionals that serve them
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bill Little and Laura Little


1978 Fame provides financial aid and student management solutions for higher education