Finance | May 18, 2017

Learn from One University’s Journey to the Cloud

By: Lynne Sampson | Managing Editor


According to a recent report, funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the USA is nearly $10 billion below pre-recession levels. In this environment, higher education institutions are facing some tough challenges, including:

  • Increased competition for the best faculty and researchers, in an environment where new sources of funding can be difficult to come by
  • Competition for students raised on mobile devices, who expect registration and administrative processes to be as easy as opening an app
  • The need to reduce expenses—in order to free up additional funds for the best talent, well equipped research labs, a modern student experience, and investment in mobile services

To meet these challenges, many universities are looking at more cost-effective technologies such as the cloud. By moving to cloud and automating manual processes across finance and HR, campuses can free up funds for more important investments into research and recruitment. In addition, the cloud can provide the dashboards, reports and analytics demanded by today’s college presidents, boards of directors, faculty, and campus administration teams.

One such institution is Pittsburg State University (Kansas). The university was faced with disparate, aging systems and manual processes that made it difficult to view data across all of its systems. Pittsburg State decided to embark on a modernization journey to the cloud, with all the change management challenges such a move entails.

Join Pittsburg State University for a webinar to learn from their experience. Panelists will discuss the research behind their decision, the challenges of cultural change and achieving buy-in, and the role that project management plays in such a major implementation.

Speakers for this webcast include:

  • Barbara Winter, Controller, Pittsburg State University (Kansas)
  • Michele Sexton, Director of Budget and Human Resource Services, Pittsburg State University
  • Angela Neria, Chief Information Officer, Pittsburg State University
  • Barbara Herbert, Assistant Director of IT Project and Process Management, Pittsburg State University
  • Brad Saffer, Director of Higher Education, Oracle

Register now for this University Business webcast.

Managing Editor

Lynne has 25 years experience in journalism and marketing. She spent the first 10 years of her career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, covering major news events such as the Quebec referendum, two federal elections, and the crash of Swissair flight 111 - coverage of which won a Gemini Award for “Best News Special Event Coverage.” Since then, Lynne has worked in marketing and communications for high technology companies such as Whitehill Technologies and Skywire Software. She currently works at Oracle as managing editor of The Modern Finance Leader, winner of a 2018 Killer Content Award from Demand Gen Report.

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