To support its higher education customers today and help prepare them to better meet student, faculty and staff needs tomorrow, Oracle has launched a new Continuous Delivery Model for PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions. Under this model, Oracle plans to deliver periodic application Feature Packs for PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions when available. The Feature Packs are designed to enable institutions to access and implement new functionality to meet immediate needs while migrating gradually to the infrastructure they need to leverage newer, more robust and flexible technologies.
With the Continuous Delivery Model, Oracle expects to enable higher education institutions to move away from reliance on more costly, disruptive major upgrades for their mission-critical student information systems and create a more flexible innovation cycle with Feature Packs.
Continuous Delivery Model Details
Based on customer feedback, the Continuous Delivery Model is designed to minimize operational disruption and capital costs that higher education institutions often experience with major upgrades to their student information systems, helping customers to accelerate return on investment. The Feature Packs are intended to help IT teams more quickly respond to constituent needs by allowing them to activate various features when they are ready, so they can prioritize based on demand.
Demonstrating its commitment to modernizing the application’s architecture, Oracle plansto continue to build SOA-based features into the Feature Packs. By evolving the PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions SOA footprint, Oracle expects to deliver next-generation functionality while supporting existing implementations and helping higher education customers avoid high costs and risks.
PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 1 Details
Oracle’s first Feature Pack for PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions delivers constituent data management improvements for both technology and business users.
Evidence of the commitment to a SOA, the Feature Pack includes a new Constituent Web Service that leverages the interoperability and reusability of Web services to support the integration of constituent data between PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions and other systems in an institution’s IT environment, from housing and parking systems to identity management tools.
The Feature Pack also includes a new External Search/Match feature, which improves a user’s ability to search for constituents – including students, faculty and staff – in systems outside of PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions. This enables users to search a centralized “person repository,” or constituent hub, which helps minimize duplicate constituent data across various systems.
The Feature Pack also includes a new Affiliations feature, which allows institutions to define and create numerous affiliations to represent the changing roles that constituents have as they move through an institution – such as basic roles (prospective student, student, employee, alumni, etc.) or more specific (English major, faculty advisor, basketball player, etc.). The Feature Pack not only allows institutions to define their own affiliations, such as when a student becomes an alumni, but also automatically adds or removes affiliations based on these definitions, instead of requiring users to make these changes manually across various systems. This gives institutions greater insight into individuals’ relationships with them, helping to save time and improve the institutions’ ability to interact with each constituent.
“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.”