When Florida State needed to change its transaction systems for running finance and HR, it took advantage of new business intelligence tools to get IT out of the report generation business and to enable campus users to produce their own reports with limited IT involvement.
SunGard Higher Education is applying some of the advantages of an open source community approach for application development to its own line of products and also recently said it had developed a platform to ensure consistent navigation for its many products.
Despite budgetary barriers, Campus IT leaders aren't lowing their sights; rather, they're targeting projects that are ambitious, forward-looking, and broad in scope. Campus Technology talked with some of them to get a sense of the kinds of projects they'll be implementing this year.
Datatel has begun testing a new integrated offering among its institutional customers that combines its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with a learning management system (LMS).
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA has gone public with its use of cloud computing for application integration. The college is using a cloud integration platform from Cast Iron Systems to secure two-way exchange of real-time information between SalesForce CRM, Westmont's on-demand constituent relationship management application, and its Datatel enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, which runs on the college's private network.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore is replacing its previous enterprise resource planning system with a Web-based application from Three Rivers Systems. The college said it was moving to Comprehensive Academic Management System (CAMS) Enterprise because the legacy system had become too expensive to maintain and update.
An Oracle VP for education and research explains how real time information, dashboards, and aggregated data make BI in higher education a tool for competitiveness.
Missouri State University in Springfield has completed a multi-year implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) that began in December 2006.
CIOs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are teaming up to implement new versions of the human resources and finance components of their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
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.