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Administrative Systems Planning in 2020

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Those responsible for long-term planning in higher education have significant challenges as we enter the second half of 2020. Many institutions have already had budgets cut, and many expect further financial and operational difficulties through the next academic year. Core administrative systems of human capital management (HCM), finance, and student are collectively known as enterprise resource planning (ERP). There are many activities that institutions can undertake to improve business and IT operations and data and analytics capabilities and, when the time comes, to reduce the pain of an eventual ERP transition. 

Key Questions Answered

  • What can institutions do now to plan for an ERP transition that may be delayed due to COVID-19?
  • What are the benefits of a data management program?
  • Why is business process optimization important?


  • Authors: Sue Spies, Research Director, Enterprise Information Systems, and Dave Kieffer, Vice President, Research, Large Enterprise Systems, The Tambellini Group
  • Length: 27 pages
  • Research Availability: June 2020

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Background
  3. ERP Planning
  4. Establishing a Data Management Program
  5. Business Process Optimization
  6. Application Inventory: Rationalization of Third-Party Systems
  7. Conclusion
  8. Methodology

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