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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

With Oracle Cloud, Baylor University focuses budget and attention on classrooms and labs

Two years ago, Baylor University announced an ambitious campaign to become one of the nation’s top research institutions. But its legacy HR and financial systems were cumbersome. To reach its goal, Baylor needed efficient, intuitive procurement, HR, and payroll processes to support the growing research function. To modernize, Baylor chose Oracle Cloud ERP, EPM, and HCM for its new finance and HR platform.

I've been in IT for 20 years, and I’ve never before seen a company’s products advance as quickly in a year as the Oracle Cloud products advanced. That investment is what really excited us.

Jon Allen Assistant Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Baylor University

While the university’s goal of becoming a top research institution provided the impetus to migrate to Oracle Cloud, the benefits have extended to the entire campus, including the following:

  • Reducing employee onboarding steps from 26 to 7
  • Reducing payroll runs from 11 per month to 2
  • Increasing online education revenue by simplifying student enrollment
  • Handling higher purchase volumes
  • Managing complex grant processing transactions
  • Gathering and tracking the data needed to safely return students to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic

Join Baylor’s CBO and CIO to learn how Oracle’s unified cloud platform is impacting every aspect of the university—from classroom to labs.

Event speakers

Brett Dalton
Brett Dalton Chief Business Officer, Baylor University

Mr. Dalton was appointed chief business officer, a new position at Baylor, effective July 1. In that capacity, he leads progressive systems of financial planning, reporting, and control for the University, while also overseeing operations, facilities, information technology and various strategic partnerships. He previously served as executive vice president of finance and operations at Clemson University, where he managed the institution’s $1.2 billion budget and provided leadership and management of the university’s strategic planning, resource planning and utilization, and strategic partnerships and programs.

During Mr. Dalton’s tenure at Clemson, the institution moved from a third-tier ranking to a Top 25-ranked public university, achieved an R1 Carnegie classification, and completed the university’s first $1 billion capital campaign. He also successfully co-led the development of Clemson’s strategic plan, oversaw more than $800 million in capital projects, and achieved and maintained the highest bond rating in the history of the university.

From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Dalton was executive assistant for finance and administration to the vice president for academic affairs and provost, where he managed financial, human, and space resources for the entire academic portfolio of the university. In this position, he helped the university seamlessly integrate the finance and operations division and the academic community at Clemson, working collaboratively to achieve the mission, vision, and goals of the university.

Mr. Dalton earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics from Clemson. He and his wife, Lisa, have a 15-year-old son, Stewart. Their daughter, Mattie, is a 2018 graduate of Clemson.

Jon Allen
Jon Allen Jon Allen, Associate Vice President, CIO and CISO, Baylor University

The mission of the Information Security Group at Baylor University is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the university's information assets in order to enable the academic and research growth of the university and its constituents within a Christian environment.

In support of this mission, Information Security staff work closely with ITS colleagues, campus administrative departments, and faculty to maintain and enforce effective policies, compliance, guidelines, and procedures to protect the university’s network, information, and technology assets. This group performs risk assessments on new and existing information systems and contracts to provide guidance to decision makers on their risk impact and possible mitigations. Additionally, these staff are responsible for the education of the campus community on security awareness issues and best practices.

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