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Oracle Releases Student Administration Integration Pack

Oracle has announced the availability of its PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP). The announcement marks the release of the first product in the company's Academic Enterprise Solutions suite.

SAIP is intended to help ease the integration and management process for higher education institutions employing a variety of administrative and educational systems. According to Oracle, the new offering provides "out-of-the-box integration" between PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions and a variety of learning management systems, including Blackboard, Sakai, and Moodle. The setup offers a more user-friendly interface and increases efficiency by minimizing the need for repetitive data entry or system re-synchronization, according to Oracle.

"Oracle saw a need among its customers to bridge the gap between the back office and the classroom, and the PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration Integration Pack is the first step in delivering this integration. Through a standards-based, Web services approach, SAIP eases the implementation burden and provides a foundation for a robust enterprise-wide integration framework, putting institutions on a path to evolve to the next-generation of higher education technology," said Curtiss Barnes, vice president, Education & Research Product Strategy, Oracle, in the August 18 announcement.

To help provide maximum flexibility to customers choosing SAIP, Oracle has partnered with Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Sakai, and Moodle, with the intention of reducing integration costs, increasing product extensibility, and mitigating any future upgrade conflicts.

According to the company, Oracle plans to expand the systems its platform will integrate with to include student systems, learning management, identity management, and library systems, among others.

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