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Oracle Launches a Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Education and Research

Drawing on insights from leaders throughout education and research, Oracle created a solution portfolio designed to help organizations take advantage of innovative technologies while avoiding the integration costs and challenges often associated with large-scale projects. In the following interview, Cole Clark, Oracle’s global vice present of education and research, describes these industry-specific solutions and what they mean for educators and researchers.

Q: At the most recent Oracle Industry Strategy Council devoted to education and research, one of the hottest topics was how to improve student outcomes. How is Oracle addressing this area?
A: All the resources within Oracle that are focused on higher education, primary, and secondary education, and nonprofit research are now centered on four primary areas: enabling student success, enhancing the student experience, and improving institutional excellence by enabling operational excellence. The fourth focus area is in research. It pertains to the need to manage and analyze the massive amounts of data that researchers must manipulate and share today.

Q: How are you acting on these areas of focus?
A: It’s all about developing blueprints we call industry solutions, which combine a number of Oracle products and services into a complete package. These solutions give education and research organizations an architecture and a bill of materials. We’ve given significant thought to how these components can be integrated to solve specific industry needs. Furthermore, through our industry solution accelerators (ISAs), we can show customers and partners clear examples of how these products can work together to solve an industry business problem.

Q: Can you provide an example?
A: Let’s look at student success. The design of Oracle’s solution for student success is built around Oracle intellectual property, but it also supports industry standards. Institutions can integrate it with their existing mission-critical systems, such as a learning management system, so they can easily share data. Through our student success ISA, we can demonstrate how this integration works, leveraging real data from a partner institution.

Q: What advantages will organizations see from the industry solutions approach?
A: The benefit first and foremost is that by offering an integrated stack, Oracle has already done a lot of the integration work—so customers and partners won’t have to.

Q: Oracle OpenWorld will begin on September 22 in San Francisco. Will you be discussing industry solutions for education and research there?
A: All our Oracle OpenWorld sessions are oriented around these solutions. At Leaders Circle, a parallel event for an exclusive group of C-level executives, we feature—for the first time—an Education industry track, that showcases Oracle’s vision and strategy. In fact, the main theme of the Leader’s Circle event is student success. In addition, we offer case study presentations by Oracle customers.

Learn more about Oracle’s student success solution and other Oracle technologies for education and research.

Register today for Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and see a list of general sessions devoted to education and research.

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