The Deployment Journey: Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

Top of Mind: The Deployment Journey

We learned about project management and change management at enterprise scale. We learned about conversion for very large systems. And we learned that customizing systems to meet our needs led to disastrous long-term costs, locked us into decades-old decisions, and prevented business innovation. The experiences from those years inform the work we do today in […]

Business Process Optimization Before an ERP Project?

Top of Mind: Business Process Optimization Before an ERP Project?

For many, the idea that software would drive business processes is problematic. The thinking is that software should support good processes, not drive their design. This made great sense when software was designed to meet the need from scratch or could easily be customized to meet the process design. The result, however, was custom software […]

Administrative Systems in the Short and Long Term

Top of Mind: Administrative Systems in the Short and Long Term

Co-Columnist: Dave Kieffer, Vice President, Research, Large Enterprise Systems, The Tambellini Group Requirements for administrative computing systems have changed in the last decade. Students, faculty, and staff now need the ability to easily and intuitively perform tasks and to view information on any device, at any time, from any location. Administrative offices need efficiency in […]

Insights for Public Universities: Tambellini’s 2020 Finance and HCM Market Trends and Leaders Report

Top of MInd: Insights into 2020 Finance and HCM Market Trends and Leaders Report

With the publication of Tambellini’s 2020 Financial Management and Human Capital Management Systems US Higher Education Market Share, Trends, and Leaders Report, many institutions can benefit from the in-depth view of the finance and HCM technology selections across the higher education landscape. However, public universities can draw specific insights from the report’s information and help […]

Easing Out of COVID-19: Three Things for IT Leaders to Focus On

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

For much of higher education, the descent into the current COVID-19 state looked—and for those in the midst of it, may have felt—a little bit like a crash landing. Many institutions began engaging in continuity planning weeks in advance, but when the decision was made to “go remote,” first for instruction and then for administration, […]

Redefining Work Roles and What’s Important, Part 2

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

It is no longer possible to deliver documents by campus mail, to walk them over to another office and drop them in a colleague’s inbox, or to assemble packets of information and courier them to their destination. It is no longer possible to sign contracts in person, with or without a notary witness. Yet, it […]

My Top 10 Takeaways from EDUCAUSE 2019

Top of Mind: Top 10 Takeaways from EDUCAUSE 2019

The Tambellini Group was in Chicago last week at the annual EDUCAUSE conference. It was such a pleasure to meet with current and prospective Tambellini members. The air was energized and the conversations lively. There were some consistent themes and messages throughout the conference, and I came away with some valuable insights.  Most institutions with […]

The Highs and Lows of an ERP Retirement

Top of Mind: Highs and Lows of an ERP Retirement

During May, Wellesley College honored faculty and staff who were marking anniversaries ranging from 5 to 45 years. In addition, there was another event honoring those who have decided to retire after many years at the college. Too bad there won’t be such a celebration to thank Banner, which will be retired after more than […]

Collaborating in a Changing IT Environment

Top of Mind Podcast: Collaborating in a Changing IT Environment

Smith College is in the early stages of a multi-year plan to transform its overall technology. Collaboration is more critical than ever in its changing IT environment, according to Samantha Earp, Vice President for IT and CIO.  Earp is also the 2019 Tambellini CIO Award winner. This podcast is a great opportunity to hear her […]