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Bellevue University Reduces Costs with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

To support increased educational opportunities for its students, Nebraska’s Bellevue University updated its back-office IT infrastructure with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. The result is improved student services, reduced IT costs, and a more-efficient financial-aid review process, according to Ed Jarecki, assistant vice president of enterprise IT application services, the project management office, and the technical service desk at the university.

Q: What were the goals of the upgrade project?
A: The university wanted to improve connectivity between systems to eliminate technology silos, while expanding financial aid, customer relationship management, and enterprise resource planning capabilities. The university also wanted to implement a flexible solution that would enable it to further enhance future functionality while adhering to government regulations.

Q: What solution did you chose?
A: Bellevue University implemented Oracle Managed Cloud Services for Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Oracle Business Intelligence, and Oracle Database solutions.

Q: Why did the school choose Oracle’s solution?
A: Oracle Managed Cloud Services is the best fit for our educational goals—it provides an enterprise-grade, integrated, end-to-end managed cloud service solution to better meet current and potential student needs. The platform also enables Bellevue to reduce technology maintenance costs and free personnel resources to focus on more-strategic business needs, as well as simplify patching processes to more easily comply with state and federal regulations.

Q: Are you seeing other benefits?
A: The streamlined solution enables Bellevue to sustain a large portfolio of systems—including financial management and business intelligence applications—with exceptional uptime, security, stability, interoperability, and infrastructure and software management and support. The managed cloud services platform also enables the university to automate 80 percent of its financial aid process, which reduces the award schedule from up to 17 weeks to less than two days.

Q: Do you have plans for additional upgrades?
A: Moving forward, Bellevue University plans to upgrade to Oracle Business Intelligence, Enterprise Edition 11g and expand its use of PeopleSoft Customer Relationship Management tools to further increase IT functionality and capabilities for its students and faculty.

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