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  • August 12, 2019

When and how to adopt new technology (part 3)

David Ebert
Director – Public Sector, Education, Healthcare - Industry Solutions (EMEA)

You made it! Welcome to the third and final blog in this series - to help you decide how and when to embrace new technologies. If you missed the earlier blogs or need a refresher, you might like to read part 1 and part 2.

Plotting a path

To begin the process of plotting a strategic path to adopting innovation, consider these questions:

  1. What is the priority focus area for your institution, to keep-up or get-ahead?
  2. What should your business processes look like in the future? – Not now!
  3. What can be delivered with your existing ecosystem?
  4. What technologies would take you to the next level? – Not the latest shiny object.
  5. When and how will you provision these technologies?


Selecting the right solutions is not easy; there are many options from many different providers. However please, please, rethink your procurement process - it’s ineffective having a procurement process that lasts two years, or is so focused on functions that you lose sight of the importance of flexibility, user experience and process efficiency. Focus on cloud solutions - pretty much all of the modern solutions are native cloud solutions. They offer the user experience, agility and future-proofing that is required.

New technology or new application?

Choose the right strategy for your needs, in each case. Where you need to holistically extend your existing IT ecosystem with innovative capabilities – be sure to select agnostic, platform-as-a-service solutions.

However, where you need a new core application (Finance, HR, Student, etc.) select one with innovative technologies already built-in and fully embraced. The constant and deep disruption within the industry today and in the future, requires new type of applications, to be able to cope and succeed. But what are the features of these applications?

  • Cloud – provides agility and stability from an infrastructure perspective.
  • Structural flexibility – allows easier configuration for new business models.
  • Consumer experience – intuitive usability with a modern interface and artificial intelligence.
  • Predictive and automated – tasks and issues can be managed for you. 

Oracle’s Cloud applications are designed with all of these features built-in from the start, and institutions expect them. Recent Cloud applications customers - Baylor University and University of Edinburgh – expect these to help them gain competitive advantage and modernize their operations, respectively.

Your final check-list

Institutions are all different. Deciding when and how to adopt innovative and applications and technologies, depends on your institution’s strategic priorities, culture, resources and existing technology ecosystem.

  1. Define your strategy first; then identify a solution. Never be tempted to start with a solution.
  2. Move at a pace that suits your institution, but don’t get left behind.
  3. Cultivate a different type of relationship with your solution provider(s). You need a partnership.

What’s next for you?

I assume you are already adopting some of these innovative applications and technologies, or at least starting to think about it. If not, maybe this blog series has given you food for thought. I hope so. If you have business needs that can be better delivered by using these technologies, then go for it. Don’t hold back in looking at opportunities to create tomorrow’s campus, today.

By the way, Oracle OpenWorld is coming-up very soon and there will be new technology aplenty on display. Plus thousands of peers from all sorts of industries who are no doubt considering similar questions to your institution. We also have lots of education and research industry sessions to explore and demos of the broadest range of innovative applications and technology. Come and join us! 

If, after these three blogs, you are still in need of inspiration, then take a lot at all these additional examples, from all kinds of industries, and including education and research of course.

With that, here ends this particular trilogy of blogs. However with technology always evolving at a faster pace, the discussion around adopting new technology will never end.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Mr Dominic Watts Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Thank you David, inspirational stuff. I believe the 2nd point on your checklist needs everyone's attention quickly:
    "Move at a pace that suits your institution, but don’t get left behind."
    Particularly the call to action to "Move at a pace".
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