Texas A&M University System is one of the largest higher education systems in the United States, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, and a comprehensive health science center. The mission of Texas A&M University System is to provide education, conduct research, commercialize technology, offer training, and deliver services for the people of Texas and beyond through its network. Texas A&M University System members educate more than 120,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. With more than 28,000 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties and a programmatic presence across the entire state. In 2011, externally funded research expenditures exceeded US$800 million to help drive the state’s economy.
“We selected Oracle because its industry-standard technology and out-of-the-box functionality provided us with the means to securely consolidate information across our many locations and improve processes for our staff, so they could focus more on their research and spend less time on administrative tasks—a huge benefit for a large university system,” said Leonarda Horvat, director of Maestro, Texas A&M University System.
The Maestro portal and content management system went live after just six months of research and development. The project was completed in several phases. The first phase focused on consolidating information into the data warehouse. The second phase enabled researchers to submit proposals and request grants through the system. The final phase, which has not yet been completed, will focus on making Maestro the one-stop-shop for all research needs, integrating all processes that are currently external—including phone calls and e-mails—with the system.