“The Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Board congratulates Oracle’s higher education team for listening to our concerns about the rollout of major product upgrades and being willing to explore alternatives that have the potential of further improving the higher education client experience. With the announcement of the Continuous Delivery Model and the first Feature Pack, Oracle has demonstrated its focus on new ways to help higher education customers to more efficiently upgrade and maintain the Campus Solutions products,” said HEUG President Stan Jakubik, assistant vice chancellor, University System of Maryland.
“Oracle’s Feature Pack 1 for CS 9.0 provides a coherent and well thought out foundation for addressing the perennial problems of sharing and synchronizing information about the many people affiliated with a university across a diverse array of systems, and also keeping track of exactly how those constituents are connected to the institution,” said Steve Grantham, coordinator, data quality and reporting, Boise State University. “The new Constituent Web Service should allow us to streamline the integration of Campus Solutions to our many auxiliary systems, and the new Affiliations functionality with its associated architecture looks like a huge step forward from the old ‘Relations with Institution’ table. These new features reflect the ongoing close collaboration between Oracle and the HEUG, specifically through the working groups that they have established to examine these issues.”
“There is a growing realization in the higher education market that asking vendors if they are making the necessary ongoing investments in product development is a crucial component of ensuring that they achieve the long-term strategic direction of their solutions and institutional investments in IT are protected,” said Nicole Engelbert, lead analyst, Datamonitor. “The release of this first new feature pack for its Campus Solutions application is evidence that Oracle is investing in and delivering on a vision of how application solutions for higher education should evolve to meet institutions’ needs today and far into the future.”
“Our new Continuous Delivery Model demonstrates our commitment to our higher education customers. We have listened to our customers and introduced a new approach that we expect to help them accelerate time-to-value of software upgrades and get the most out of their existing investment,” said Curtiss Barnes, vice president, industry strategy, Oracle Higher Education. “We also believe it is time to start delivering a next-generation architecture for higher education applications – protecting our customers’ current investments while also providing a path forward that lets them build and use common services to optimize their IT infrastructures. That is why we included SOA-based features such as the Constituent Web Service to help them integrate data and improve efficiency.”