Established in 1906, Valdosta State University (VSU) is an American public university and is one of the two regional universities in the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State includes five colleges offering 56 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate programs and degrees.
After attending a demonstration on Oracle Endeca at a local industry event, Valdosta State University saw the value in combining and analyzing unstructured data with the structured data stored in the university’s Oracle Database-based data warehouse.
“We are a small university with limited resources, and as such, we needed to deploy a solution quickly and affordably. Oracle provided the breadth and depth of functionality we needed to enable us to accomplish a great deal in a very short period of time. The ability to combine and analyze unstructured and structured data, matched with our previous experience with Oracle’s robust business intelligence solutions, made Oracle the clear choice.”
Valdosta State University began implementing the multiphase project in April 2012, and released phase one—Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition—to faculty and staff campuswide in August 2012, on time and on budget. In the fall of 2012, Valdosta State University conducted a pilot program with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, combining unstructured data, including survey and card-reader data, in just two weeks. The university continues to expand its data warehouse and business intelligence tools across all campus areas, including alumni relations, student life, housing, and student affairs.