Administrative/Business Tools


Scanning the Dashboard

Managing myriad institutional goals and objectives is complicated. Dashboard software can provide top-level metrics at a glance, with easy access to more detailed data below the surface.

Setting up a CFO Trust Fund

While it would be naïve to think that every CIO can achieve such a rapport with his CFO, understanding the importance of a solid relationship with the head of finance is critical to success, both for the IT department and the institution as a whole. Never has this been truer than in today's bleak economy, as CFOs become increasingly cautious about initiatives that involve significant expense, yet information technology can help achieve efficiencies that will improve the bottom line.



Rebuilding Campus IT Systems with ERP

The University of South Carolina has embarked on an ambitious ERP project that will bring the institution's IT infrastructure out of the dark ages.

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.