Administrative/Business Tools


Blackboard Buys into Data Analytics

Blackboard has expanded its forays outside of its traditional academic realm by entering into the territory of administrative operations with the announcement of a new set of data analytics applications. The news comes just weeks after Blackboard quietly acquired iStrategy, a private company focused on data warehousing and business intelligence for higher education.

U Central Florida Streamlines Administrative Apps

The University of Central Florida has is wrapping up a multi-year implementation of new enterprise applications that includes a combination of Oracle software and Sun hardware to streamline its administrative processes and help manage student growth.



Hobsons To Add Turnitin for Plagiarism Checking in Admissions Process

Hobsons, which sells ApplyYourself, will be offering its higher education customers Turnitin for Admissions, plagiarism detection software from iParadigms, as part of its admissions and enrollment management package.

eProcurement: Towards Technology and Culture Change

eProcurement systems are designed to streamline purchasing processes, eliminate paperwork, and make it easy for end users to get the best values through spending on-contract. Yet the relative success of eProcurement at any institution often depends on how the procurement department works not only with the technology, but also with the end users in academic departments, in research programs, or elsewhere in the university or system.

HP, Microsoft Roll Out Turnkey Exchange and SQL Appliances

One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.

Boston U Goes Online for Donor Management

Boston University is employing a Web-based application from Blackbaud to support a major fundraising effort.

Colleges Take on Health-Related Retention Problems

TCS Education System will be adopting an online student health and wellness program intended to reduce attrition related to health issues.

William Jessup U Adopts Online System to Manage Student Lifecycle

William Jessup University, a small, private residential college in Rockville, CA, outside Sacramento, has adopted a new Web-based administrative system for managing its student lifecycle processes.

Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Upgrades Alumni Apps

The alumni association at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has implemented an application to improve its fundraising efforts among its 80,000 alumni.

U St. Thomas Streamlines Purchasing Functions with SciQuest

The University of St. Thomas, based in Minnesota, is implementing a service to automate some procurement and accounts payable operations.