Oracle released the first major update of its flagship database in two years with an upgrade focused on server consolidation, improved storage and extended data warehouse performance. But it remains to be seen what percentage of Oracle's installed base or other enterprises will move to the latest version.
"You shouldn't have to be a rocket scientist to use BI," according to John Rome of Arizona State University's office of technology. So he works to make data accessible to users of all skill levels, largely through the use of dashboards--succinct graphical summaries of information that are commonly used in business to present data to executives and managers.
As part of its OpenEAI Project, the OpenEAI Software Foundation has begun releasing new open source Web services that enable the secure exchange of student data between student applications systems and applications on the Web.
In an effort to streamline processes, respond to student inquiries faster, and optimize staff time, Fanshawe College in London, Ontario has integrated its student information system with its Desire2Learn course management system.
Perceptive Software has released an update to ImageNow, the company's enterprise document management system targeted toward educational institutions.
Over the next 18 months Lone Star College System (LSCS) in The Woodlands, TX will be implementing a suite of PeopleSoft applications from Oracle to replace existing Datatel Colleague programs.
Aberystwyth University in Wales has selected Project Financial, Accounting and Costing Tool (pFACT) from Allocate Software to manage its research projects.
Wisconsin is launching an electronic transcript initiative that will allow high school and college students in the state to use Docufide, a secure transcript service, for a discount.
Hudson County Community College will be implementing Colleague SQL from Datatel for student lifecycle management. The software will replace an aged student information system originally from SCT.
The CampusEAI Consortium is expanding capacity in Switch and Data's data center to accommodate infrastructure growth. The non-profit organization, which has 260 educational institutions as members, facilitates the development, exchange, delivery, and support of what it calls "community-source" software and digital content.