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  • October 9, 2020

Ithaca College Refines Higher Education Best Practices with Oracle Cloud Applications

Joyce Kim
Product Manager

Like most industries, higher education is under tremendous pressure to provide a modern consumer-like experience to students, faculty and staff in the new remote-work reality. Ithaca College, a residential liberal arts college in New York, has stepped up to the challenge.

With five schools and more than 100 degree programs, Ithaca College’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower through theory, practice and performance. This goal has gained renewed importance in light of our current circumstances – and it all starts with information and access.

Ithaca College knew it needed to offer students, faculty and staff modern and intuitive applications. The college turned to Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications.

With Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), Ithaca will be able to improve productivity and business insights by transforming administrative operations and employee experience, and gaining real-time access to data from across its operations.

When describing his organization’s decision to adopt Oracle Cloud Applications, Ithaca CFO Bill Guerrero said “the value of cloud is not the technology but the transformation of the institutional business processes. More efficient processes help institutions bring down the costs of higher education, and the cloud is really key in enabling this for us.”

After assessing its existing solutions and researching new options, Ithaca College recognized that Oracle Cloud – with its integrated suite of applications, and embedded machine learning, analytics and reporting capabilities – was the right fit to help the organization modernize.

“Oracle’s position as a leader in the market gave us the confidence that we could enhance our cloud approach to drive efficiencies in our processes to drive down costs, and ultimately pass those cost-saving measures down to students,” added Guerrero.

With Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud HCM, Ithaca College will be able to break down organizational silos, standardize processes and manage financial, planning and workforce data on a single integrated cloud platform. Oracle Cloud Applications’ common and intuitive interface helps enable rapid user adoption, delivers enhanced remote employee experience and improves productivity.

“We’re continually impressed by the innovative spirit we are seeing in higher education,” noted Vivian Wong, Group Vice President, Higher Education Development, Higher Education Cloud, Oracle. “Like Ithaca College, universities across the globe are implementing rapid change and reinforcing their commitment to the experience of students and faculty. Oracle is proud to contribute to the next chapter of higher education as schools overcome the current challenges and prepare for whatever comes next.”

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