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Oracle Reveals New Roadmap with Deep, Long-Term Commitment to Higher Education

In a move that signals Oracle’s multiyear commitment to higher education, the company unveiled a detailed roadmap of new cloud-based and enhanced on-premises solutions aimed at supporting academic excellence. The announcements were made at the recent Oracle Higher Education User Group Alliance conference held earlier this month.

Oracle announced plans for a new, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform called Oracle Student Cloud and new higher education functionality delivered in Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud) and Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud). In addition, Oracle’s roadmap for higher education includes a significant update to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.

“These announcements represent some of the most tangible examples yet of Oracle’s long-term commitment to higher education,” says Cole Clark, Oracle’s global vice president, education and research industry. “The multiyear investments required for these major projects show once again that Oracle views higher education as a strategic global market.”

“While each higher education institution is unique, they all focus on operational excellence and student success,” adds Mark Armstrong, Oracle’s vice president of higher education development. “Oracle is dedicated to providing our customers in this dynamic industry with flexible technology options that deliver choice and stability for core administrative systems.”

Oracle’s significant investments in both PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, a world-class, on-premises platform, and the new Oracle Student Cloud mean schools can capitalize on the latest innovations using the deployment model that works best for their organizations. “We’ll give administrators complete choice for many years to come when it comes to adopting these types of core solutions,” Clark says.

Cloud Innovations for Higher Education
The new Oracle Student Cloud will serve higher education institutions that want to free up IT resources for critical activities in learning, teaching, and research through implementing standard but configurable business processes.

The SaaS platform will support the educational needs of traditional college students and also those who build skills throughout their lives and at multiple institutions. “We are building a system that’s flexible enough to record competencies of all types, not just traditional credit hours,” Clark says.

He adds that while SaaS solutions aren’t customizable by individual organizations, Oracle Student Cloud will be configurable, so schools can mold it to fit the unique needs of the institution.

In addition, Oracle will deliver capabilities specific to higher education in Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud, both of which are expected to integrate with the new Oracle Student Cloud.

Flagship Education Platform Gets Even Better
The planned update to PeopleSoft Campus Solutions is expected to include major improvements in user experience thanks to the incorporation of new capabilities in PeopleSoft PeopleTools. “This will provide a whole new user experience with new ways for students, administrators, and faculty to engage with each other,” says Susan Beidler, Oracle’s senior director, education and research product strategy. “Higher education customers will be very excited to see the user experience updates that are planned.”

In addition, the upcoming version will include an Update Manager feature that allows institution staff to implement only those features in new maintenance releases that are relevant to their particular organizations. “The ability to select specific updates and features streamlines and speeds maintenance activities,” says Beidler.

Learn more about the advantages of joining the Oracle Higher Education User Group and stay abreast of Oracle solutions for higher education.

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