Data center managers have a lot of room for improvement in their operations, including reducing energy costs and making more efficient use of space, according to Gartner. The consulting firm said that energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center portfolio.
Oracle has updated its institutional customer relationship management software to bolster event management capabilities. PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM release 9.1 for Higher Education also includes improvements in personalized recruiting and a new service center module.
California State University, Sacramento is knee-deep into a multi-million document conversion project.
Alma College in Michigan will be working with Datatel to implement an administrative system encompassing the company's enterprise resourcing planning application, Colleague, and ActiveAdmissions eMarketing software.
UK's Nottingham Trent University will be implementing a data warehouse built with Cognos 8 Business Intelligence from IBM to improve its reporting and analysis capabilities in finance, human resources, space management, and student records.
As one of the smallest liberal arts colleges in the United States, Shimer College is facing some formidable challenges. With just 100 students, Shimer focuses its curriculum exclusively on the "Great Books," from the Bible to Homer to Nietzsche to Virginia Woolf. Despite the fact that the college ranks in the top 1 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in producing doctoral candidates, it is working hard to maintain and grow its enrollment.
Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom is deploying Mimosa Systems' NearPoint for archiving e-mail held in its Microsoft Exchange mail system, which has been in use there for a decade.
Jenzabar has released both a new course management system and a new version of its software for managing non-traditional course programs.
Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR. has chosen Intelliworks' constituent relationship management application to expand its marketing and recruitment efforts. One of the first initiatives the college will work on with Intelliworks is increasing outreach to students who have been admitted but are not yet enrolled.
SunGard Higher Education will be opening a digital campus test center at Dell's headquarters in Texas to help higher ed customers test out potential data center interoperability of Dell hardware and SunGard applications.