Can Modern Cloud-Based Finance, HCM/Payroll, and Student Solutions Simplify the Higher Education Administrative Software Application Ecosystem?

March 14, 2018 | Mary Beth Cahill - The Tambellini Group Analyst

The Tambellini Group has worked with a number of higher education institutions of all types and sizes to help assess whether the institution should upgrade or replace their current Finance, HCM/Payroll, and/or SIS* solutions. As a result, Tambellini has published an “Upgrade or Replace” series of reports that are available to members. While there are many reasons that institutions evaluate a Finance, HCM/Payroll and/or SIS system replacement, one of the key factors is simplification of the application ecosystem. As technology has evolved, … Read More

Maintaining Cybersecurity under Rapid Change at Your Institution

March 7, 2018 | Katelyn Ilkani - The Tambellini Group Analyst

The proliferation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), cloud computing, shadow IT, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is directly impacting enterprise computing systems and how higher education institutions respond to change. Institutions now must operate with the boundaryless data center, as every faculty and staff member, student, and guest carries a computer in their pocket. Further, The Tambellini Group research shows that institutions are moving to hybrid local-cloud computing enterprise architectural models. Walled off data centers and servers, strictly… Read More

Placing Learning at the Center of the Learning Management System

February 28, 2018 | Alex Freeman - The Tambellini Group Analyst

Until their closing in December of 2017, I spent five years at the New Media Consortium (NMC) thinking deeply about the important developments in educational technology that are impacting teaching and learning in higher education. Through the Horizon Project and NMC’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Learning Initiative, I investigated the major trends and challenges transforming the way educators and learners are shaping courseware and the Learning Management System (LMS) of the future, and am happy to continue… Read More

Ellucian and SAP SuccessFactors: Why Not an Arranged Marriage for Higher Ed HCM?

February 21, 2018 | Katelyn Ilkani - The Tambellini Group Analyst

If you saw this post that appeared on LinkedIn, February 20, 2018, you may have thought, “Wow, big news! A partnership between Ellucian and SAP SuccessFactors for the higher education market!”

However, there is more to know than what appears in this post. There was no press release and no initial comment from either company when questioned by Tambellini. We were wondering, “What do you get when you mix purple and blue? Maybe something vibrant!”

Interestingly, we went to our Analyst Relations contacts at Ellucian and SAP, and, after some initial confusion,… Read More

Enterprise CRM for Higher Education: SugarCRM at Fordham University

January 31, 2018 | Mary Beth Cahill - The Tambellini Group Analyst

A top priority in the higher education technology community is having a robust CRM solution that can scale within your institution and provide a 360-degree view of your constituents. While many institutions are using elements of CRM solutions in varying capacities for departmental needs, The Tambellini Group is also seeing an increased number of institutions selecting enterprise-wide solutions.

One such offering is SugarCRM. While SugarCRM has an established commercial presence, it may not be as familiar to the higher education market. SugarCRM touts its… Read More

Cloud Cloud Cloud: An Introduction to Cloud Software for Practitioners and Executives

December 18, 2017 | David Kieffer - Guest Columnist

Depending on the last article or tweet you ran across, you may view cloud software as “just someone else’s computer,” not requiring much change in approach than any other software adoption. Or you may view it as a completely new paradigm for software purchasing and management; mysterious, requiring all new skills, no IT staff, and a wheelbarrow of dollars.

As with any other major change, there are elements of both views that are true.

The first view—that  you’re just outsourcing some of your work—is true to the extent that cloud software contains … Read More

How to Move Fast in a Slow Industry

December 11, 2017 | Beth Hayes - The Tambellini Group Executive Advisory Council

Many of us technology leaders have been to big conferences in huge conference centers with keynote speakers up on the stage under the bright lights espousing the benefits of fast technology change—telling us that we had better get ready and move quickly or technology will pass us by. A slick video plays of a company that had perfect timing and found a way to solve the world’s problems. Upbeat music is pumping in the background. Rah rah. Boom boom. Yah yah. Yes, you think. I’m ready to do this too and save the world!!! You take your notes. You are energized on the plane… Read More

Looking to The Cloud: The Oracle Student Cloud Aims to Provide the Comprehensive Tool Set

December 4, 2017 | Jerry Waldron - Guest Columnist

Colleges and universities will soon need to face a number of critical questions. When will we move our major administrative systems to the cloud? Can we pull disparate third-party systems that address things like reporting, student success tools, descriptive analytics, and student recruiting together into one student service eco-system? Can we provide a system that can be managed effectively without the complex configuration, maintenance, and manual processing that exists in many of the current systems that were designed in the 1990s? Can institutions … Read More

Modernization of Technologies: NC State’s Strategy to Keep Pace

November 20, 2017 | Katelyn Ilkani - The Tambellini Group Analyst

Tambellini Interview Series: NC State University CIO, Dr. Marc I. Hoit

Question 1:  Your bio on the NC State website discusses key foundational projects you have launched. Tell us about those.

I started working at NC State University in 2008. For the last 10 years, I have been working on updating the infrastructure and empowering our IT professionals to keep pace with modernization of technologies.

In the late ‘80s Cornell and NC State had some of the first systems where you could log into any computer as a student; basically, those were some of the first Identity… Read More

Best of Breed vs Best of Suite

November 14, 2017 | Corey Fling - The Tambellini Group Executive Advisory Council

One big question regarding higher education enterprise software has long been whether an institution should circle their wagons around a single-vendor approach or select a collection of best-of-breed solutions to meet institutional operational and strategic needs. While legacy higher education Student Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Planning software providers have focused on the academic and financial needs of an institution, their product-focus on human capital management has been weak. The lack of an integrated data approach for all… Read More

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