Advice and Information for Finance Professionals

Autumn is the Time to Raise the Curtain on Higher Learning

Lynne Sampson
Managing Editor

Fall isn’t just the time when college campuses come alive with activity. It’s also show time! Events and trade shows for higher education are ramping up, and the opportunities for learning are abundant.

Starting next week, a pair of events for higher education will provide insight to finance and business officers looking to modernize their institutions, and for IT professionals seeking to support that mission.


The Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) will be hosting its annual meeting starting Sunday, Oct. 21 in Buffalo, New York. The EACUBO Annual Meeting will focus on topics such as key financial and resource administration, change and strategic management, innovation, collaboration and leadership, and analyzing prudent risk taking.

One session not to be missed is “Cloud Based ERP System Collaboration,” presented by Saint Michael’s College. Saint Michael’s is a partner—along with Champlain and Middlebury Colleges—in the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium, which is implementing a cloud-based ERP system for use by all three colleges.

The presentation will outline the business drivers behind the project, as well as the methods used to share and standardize business processes. The session will also highlight the critical role of data governance models early in planning. William Anderson, CIO, and Mary Jane Russell, Director of Business Intelligence and Associate CIO, both of Saint Michael's College, will be the presenters. The session is on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1:15 - 2:15 pm.

Don’t forget to drop by booth #5 for updates on the latest on Oracle Student Cloud, as well as demos of other cloud applications for higher education.


An even bigger splash will be made the following week at EDUCASE, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Denver, Colorado. The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference brings together the best thinking in higher education technology. Higher ed professionals and technology providers from around the world gather to network, share ideas, grow their skills, and discover solutions to today’s challenges. It’s the largest gathering of your peers throughout the year. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, we’ll host a session on how to Innovate and Differentiate with Enterprise Cloud Services. You’ll hear from technology leaders at forward-looking institutions, including:

  • Tonjia Coverdale, Vice President and CIO, Central State University
  • Max Davis-Johnson, CIO and Associate Vice President, Boise State University
  • Anthony Espinoza, CIO, Stephen F Austin University
  • Frank Lever, CIO, Moody Bible Institute

The panel members will discuss how they are embracing new technologies—such as chatbots powered by artificial intelligence, modern student systems, and cloud services such as database, integration, security and management. Together with Oracle Student Cloud, these institutions are creating dynamic, modern and personalized experiences for their entire communities.

If you need help getting around the area, look for the Tesla cars branded with Oracle Student Cloud on the sides. Anyone with a conference badge can hop in for a ride to wherever you need to go. And be sure to visit the Oracle booth, #502, where you can see demos of Oracle Student Cloud, Student Financial Planning, Planning and Budgeting, Finance, Human Capital Management, and the Oracle Cloud Platform.

We hope to see you at both events!

Register now for the EACUBO 2018 Annual Meeting and EDUCAUSE 2018

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