Paris Lodron Universität is the largest educational institution in the Salzburg region and one of Austria’s major universities. Presently, more than 18,000 students are enrolled in classes and the university employs approximately 2,700 staff members in research, teaching, and administrative positions. Since its re-establishment in 1962, Paris Lodron Universität has developed into a modern, vibrant institution whose four departments—Theology, Law, Cultural and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences—meet the highest teaching and research standards. To support matriculation and course registration for its large student body, Paris Lodron Universität operates and maintains Campus Online, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system consisting of heterogeneous databases, front-end and back-end applications, and storage applications covering all departments.
“Our core university applications required the best database infrastructure available on the market. Oracle was our first choice because no other manufacturer compares with Oracle in terms of database performance, security, manageability, backup, and recovery. And with Oracle’s special licensing program for educational institutions, we are able to purchase world-class technology with a limited public budget,” said Florin Guma, chief information officer, Paris Lodron Universität.
Paris Lodron Universität outsourced the entire project—including proof of concept, migration, and Oracle Exadata operation and support—to specialized Oracle partners.
“With a single point of contact—backed by Oracle Database specialists—we benefited from the skills of a team of highly experienced service providers to manage and support the entire solution, without needing to bring on a complete, internal team,” Guma said. “In fact, we operate Oracle Exadata and offer Exadata-based cloud services with only one junior DBA, in-house.”