Short- and Long-Term Planning: A Guide for Institutions with Legacy Core Administrative Systems

Why Read This Research

Legacy, on-premises administrative systems are approaching their end of life and do not provide the expected user experience. Software vendors have invested heavily in developing higher education cloud products and have delivered or are on track to provide mature, modern cloud software-as-a-service solutions for finance, HCM, and student systems. While it may not be feasible in 2020 to begin an administrative system replacement, institutions want to understand the steps involved in planning and executing this critical initiative.

Key Questions Answered

  • What are the planning stages when preparing to replace administrative systems?
  • How should the system transition oversight team be organized?
  • What are the best strategies for data and reporting preparation prior to moving to a new system?


  • Authors: Sue Spies, Research Director, Enterprise Information Systems, and Dave Kieffer, Vice President, Research, Large Enterprise Systems, The Tambellini Group
  • Length: 19 pages
  • Research Availability: July 2020

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Stages
    1. Readiness
    2. Project Preparation
    3. Execution
  4. Conclusion
  5. Methodology

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