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  • February 2, 2018

Get Out of the Business of Running Infrastructure

Keith Rajecki
Vice President Public Sector, Education & Research

Colleges and Universities are dependent on their administrative systems to run their Institutions – from recruiting students, faculty, and staff to alumni relations and everything in between – applications from Oracle and from Oracle partners run the business of higher education for thousands of institutions and millions of students!

I hear from many CIO's that “we need to spend less time running applications and more time differentiating our institution to be competitive”. As a former Higher Education CIO, I was responsible for a number of implementations and data center consolidation projects. I focused my time on transforming IT to support the mission of the university. I was always looking for opportunities to get out of the business of running infrastructure.  As institutions look to their future in a SaaS based world – they need an option today to run their current applications on their path to the cloud.

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Cloud Platform provide the stepping stones along the path to the cloud.   Any on-premise applications you depend on today from PeopleSoft, Ellucian, SAP or the myriad of applications supporting facilities, housing, reporting – any of these workloads can be moved to the Oracle Cloud. With agile, scalable and cost-effective cloud services, institutions are adopting Oracle’s Cloud in the way that fits their campus IT strategy and path to cloud:

  • Some institutions have adopted a strategy of running development and test in Oracle’s Cloud Platform – the ability to quickly spin up an environment to test new application features and upgrades can drastically shorten project timelines. See the University of New South Wales story
  • Other institutions are on a path to running not only development and test, but production applications in the Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. The Tambellini group recently blogged about the potential for Ellucian Banner customers to run in Oracle’s Cloud – an option that numerous campuses are evaluating and planning for today.
  • Still other institutions are taking advantage of the unique capabilities oracle offers with our Cloud@Customer solution. You can subscribe to Oracle Cloud services and Oracle can put a part of its cloud in your own data center – to meet data residency or other requirements for your campus and constituents. See The State University of New York press release about their adoption of the Oracle Cloud Machine.

For all of our PeopleSoft higher education customers – did you know PeopleSoft runs better on Oracle Cloud than on Amazon AWS? Learn about the advantages of running your PeopleSoft applications today on Oracle’s Cloud as part of our integrated set of cloud services!

As your campus develops and evolves its IT strategy to meet today’s demands – and looks to build a path to the cloud – consider the Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to be your solution to move on premise applications to the cloud.



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