Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Oracle Higher Education Investment Executive Brief

Please read the Oracle Higher Education Investment  Executive Brief issued by Oracle.

As we move into the 21st century, the needs of students, staff and faculty have shifted and evolved. Rather than ‘traditional’ classes in brick and mortar classrooms held at regularly scheduled times, students demand flexible learning schedules that fit the needs of their lives, and programs structured to not just provide them with an education, but to prepare them for careers and to further their careers once they are in the workforce. New ways of learning and defining the outcomes of that learning, like competency-based credit, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and badging, are changing the definition of the learning experience. And students expect access to their learning environment and information across a spectrum of platforms – classroom, desktop, mobile – at all times, always on, always at their fingertips. 

Faculty and administrators demand the decision support tools to promote the success of their students and meet accountability requirements, from evaluation of admissions targets, to the early identification of students at risk, to institutional accreditation. And with the information to support decisions spread across their enterprise, they need seamless, robust integration of information, served up in actionable dashboards. 

And Institutions need to innovate, to find what differentiates them from their peers, and to focus scarce resources on the highest value activities to support their mission. They expect increasingly flexible ways to administer and provide learning and services to students, and they need to do so with efficiency and cost-effectiveness. As budgets tighten, the business of higher education is changing. Consistency and predictability of expenses becomes an operational necessity.

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Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

Announcement | Major Investments in Oracle Student Cloud and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions

Major Investments in Oracle Student Cloud and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to Provide Flexibility and Functionality for Institutions’ Unique Needs

ALLIANCE, LAS VEGAS – March 10, 2014

Oracle is making significant investments in solutions for the higher education industry, providing institutions with the functionality, flexibility and choice they need to support institutional excellence, enhance the student experience and drive student success.

News Facts

Oracle today announced several major investments in its higher education solutions – including a new Oracle Student Cloud and new higher education functionality delivered inOracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud, all part of Oracle Cloud. Oracle will also deliver a new release of its flagship PeopleSoft Campus Solutions suite.
As the higher education industry moves toward flexible deployment models for administrative systems, Oracle will offer its customers flexibility and choice – backed by extensive experience in and commitment to the industry. Oracle’s offerings will enable institutions to run their student and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on premise or to migrate to a cloud-based deployment when it makes sense for their organization.
Oracle will offer Oracle Student Cloud to meet the needs of customers who are transforming their institutions to support configurable standard business processes and to free up IT resources for mission-critical activities in learning, teaching and research. Part of the Oracle Education and Research Cloud, the Oracle Student Cloud will:
Include flexible core structures and extensible architecture to manage a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational offerings.
Feature a dynamic user interface that promotes engagement and collaboration.
Support the core capabilities of enrollment, payment and assessment in the product’s first phase, targeted for calendar year 2015.
Leverage the support of Oracle’s customer design partners in defining solution capabilities through each delivery phase – building a comprehensive student information system for the cloud.
Oracle plans to offer higher education-specific functionality in Oracle Human HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud in calendar years 2014 and 2015. The solutions will incorporate the best capabilities from Oracle’s existing product lines and enhance them with new mobile, social and analytic features to improve productivity. These planned enhancements will:
Provide support for Position Control Multiple Appointments, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Grants Management, Budgetary Control and Encumbrance Accounting.
Integrate with the new Oracle Student Cloud offering.
Finally, as part of this commitment, Oracle will offer a new PeopleSoft Campus Solutions release to provide a simpler, more productive user experience and a more efficient application lifecycle management process. The new release, planned for calendar year 2015, will:
Build on the framework of a proven, mature product with more than a decade of innovative features.
Include a roll-up of all new functionality – including 21 major new features and 48 significant enhancements – delivered since the release of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0 through the Continuous Delivery Model, which provides periodic application bundles in between major application releases.
Leverage significant enhancements in PeopleTools to provide students with simpler self-service capability and institutions with a more modern, streamlined application maintenance process.

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Ovum | Oracle Focuses its Higher Education Message on Future Proofing

Following her attendance at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Nicole Engelbert has published this positive opinion research note which highlights her perspective Oracle’s higher education activities.  Per Nicole “Ovum believes that Oracle’s large and growing international installed base and its consistently strong investment in future proofing is accelerating its ability to deliver an attractive, and increasingly required, return on investment for Campus Solutions.”

Additional comments include:

  • “…it is fair to say that Oracle is a leading provider of student information systems (SIS) on the global stage, which has important value implications.”
  • “Oracle’s considerable experience supporting institutions outside the US will deliver significant value to its entire higher education installed base.”
  • “The growing maturity of these underlying capabilities of the Campus Solutions product evidences Oracle’s continued investment in and commitment to future proofing the institutional IT investment.”
  • “In the end, Oracle’s investment in frameworks means that investments in Campus Solutions will have a larger and longer-term return on investment (ROI).
  • “However, as the business environment and technology market move into a period of constant and rapid change, institutional agility and flexibility will often drive success more than the ability to support discrete transactions with a SIS.  Oracle recognized this reality early and moved its solutions accordingly, with web services being one of the most transparent outcomes.”
Please contact Oracle India team or me for further details.


Mohit Satraj Phogat
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