Enterprise content management in higher education

The Times They Are A Changing

Change. Change on college campuses in administrative systems has historically been slow. Most universities still admit and manage students using a complex web of people, mail, paper, manual routing and data entry. They know it is inefficient and costly. So why is higher education lagging behind when there is a huge opportunity to gain efficiencies, particularly with the technologies and best practices we have today?

Risks. Rolling out many small software projects across a campus can delay addressing the big picture, and give the illusion of avoiding risk. The need for collaboration and the high cost of managing multiple systems with duplicate data sets are not addressed initially. The risk then becomes in controlling the waste. Somebody is eventually going to add that up.

Future. Though higher education is still in its infancy compared to most sectors, a new awareness of the need to manage unstructured content is gaining momentum. Along with that realization are the departmental process reconfigurations and then it can’t happen fast enough. People in an organization touch and re-use information despite their department of origin. The future is to manage a piece of content once and make it available to those who need it. Continue reading

Meeting today’s competitive challenges: are you maximizing your information?

Enterprise architecture is transforming the way universities manage and access student information. The movement is toward flexible, SOA-based services that result in more adaptable business processes, better collaboration and more manageable systems. Universities are competing more than ever to admit students that meet specific criteria. Expedient access to the right information during the enrollment cycle and beyond is crucial.

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San Jose State University Enrolls Students with Oracle and Peoplesoft SIS

San Jose State University Campus

There is a new way to process students into Universities that are using Peoplesoft SIS. It is called WebCenter Content and it is built by Oracle.  The first installation in the country is in full production at San Jose State University (SJSU).
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If content is the king, then portal is the queen

Alakh Verma, Director, Platform Technology Solutions at Oracle, explores the transition to Web 3.0, which was first defined by Dakota Reese Brown as “The Contextual Web.” Verma states, “It is estimated that by 2020, there would be 4 billion people online; 31 billion connected devices, 25 million applications, 1.3 trillion sensors/tags and 50 trillion gigabytes of content created in networked society.” He believes the focus on the Web experience will grow, and having a portal framework enabling contextual access to content from a unified repository will be at the center of importance during the next decade.

Read the full story at Oracle WebCenter blog.

The Top 5 Mistaken Beliefs About Content Management

Gain control of unstructured content

Your company may or may not have a strategy for managing content, the unstructured information streaming in and out of all areas of your organization on a daily basis. It’s likely you at least have a partial strategy where one or more of your departments is capturing and storing some type of unstructured information for later retrieval.

In a world where the use of digital channels is enabling companies to synthesize large amounts of information in seconds, organizations are making it a top priority to gain control of that rogue 80%, which is the approximate amount of unstructured information slipping through the cracks. This information is not easily accessible because it is scattered and isolated in departmental or personal file systems. This is the information you should be arming your employees with so they can do their jobs.

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ImageSource® Awards Customer Partners for Innovative ECM Solutions

theme imageImageSource recently announced the winners of the 2011 Nexus Customer Partner Awards. The winners all show exceptional and innovative ways of utilizing Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies and include San Jose State University, ESCO Corporation and Mira Costa College.

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Don’t just archive your content, use it when you need it

Whether you are dealing with student records, registration forms, accounting files, financial aid or any other departmental processes, the most efficient way to use the information and get it to your main system is to scan the documents at the time they are created or received.

If you wait until the end of the process, many people across your organization will have photocopied, faxed, emailed, sorted, filed and re-filed, creating massive amounts of unnecessary work, expense and wasted resources.

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Maintenance Over Management: A Survey of Business Officers

The sky has not fallen — but pieces of it could soon be hitting a campus near you.

That is one way of summing up the findings of Inside Higher Ed’s first-ever Survey of College and University Business Officers, released today in advance of the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

The survey, the second of a series in which Inside Higher Ed is gauging the views of key higher education constituents, reveals a surprisingly upbeat assessment about the financial state of American college campuses (especially private nonprofit ones), as seen through the eyes of their chief finance and business officials, 606 of whom responded to the survey.

About one in six business officers at both public and private nonprofit colleges described the financial health of their respective institutions as “excellent,” and another 57 percent of public-college CFOs and 47 percent of private-college CFOs characterized their respective institutions’ financial health as “good.” Business officers at public and private institutions alike also generally rebuffed the notion that the budget cuts their institutions have suffered so far have damaged the quality of their academic programs or academic support for students — opinions that many other people on their campuses are unlikely to share.

Read the full story at Inside Higher Ed News.

Vote for These Valuable ImageSource Presentations at OpenWorld 2011

ImageSource has proposed three presentations ideas for Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Please help us bring these valuable presentations to the Oracle community by voting for the three sessions below at the Oracle Mix website.

Getting Real with Oracle ECM 11g – Benefits & Lessons Learned from Going Live
Join this interactive discussion on the implementation of Oracle ECM 11g. See successful 11g installs for Accounts Payable and Records Management and learn how the most recent Oracle technology sets a solid foundation for these organizations for years to come. Discover how 11g provides a tight integration between vertical components providing a wide range of choices and more flexibility in architecting and designing solutions. Explore how Oracle 11g also provides a host of benefits in the context of the broader Oracle line-of-business platforms – weather it’s Siebel, CRM on demand, JD Edwards or PeopleSoft – the integrations will be tight.

Mastering Records Management and Retention Policies with Oracle ECM 11g
One of the largest counties in the Northwest recently implemented Oracle ECM 11g for Universal Records Management. The system, designed around the core concept of contribution folders, is blazing the way to effectively manage records County-wide. The technology provides a hierarchal structure, with drag-and-drop functionality and automatic metadata and retention policies, for efficient and effective records management. Discover how this infrastructure for records management can facilitate Public Disclosure Requests and unleash the many enterprise capabilities of Oracle 11g.

Oracle ECM & PeopleSoft/JDE – A Synergistic Combination
If you use PeopleSoft/JDE and are interested in extending their capabilities to accelerate multiple business processes, then this is a must-attend session. Through a tight integration, business processes are automated using Oracle ECM software to leverage your data residing in your Oracle database, optimizing operations. Further advancing efficiencies, users can utilize ECM functionality without leaving the familiar PeopleSoft/JDE interface. Capture structured and unstructured information from paper or any digital source, develop electronic workflows and store all your information in a secure repository. Learn about specific synergistic solutions that have streamlined processes for Higher Ed, Financial Services, Human Resources and more.

You must become a Oracle Mix member to vote. Please sign up and vote to see ImageSource present at OpenWorld.

To Vote:

1) Click on this link: https://mix.oracle.com/
2) Register as an Oracle Mix member
3) Click on “Suggest A Session”
4) Sort by title
5) You must vote for at least three sessions for your vote to count. Please vote for the three presentations above!

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

Taking PeopleSoft to New Heights in Higher Ed

The PeopleSoft ERP system you use for Student Information Services (SIS) has been built to support nationwide and world wide applications. As such, it cannot provide unique challenges for each business need.Typically, we see IT shops and business directors working around the deficiencies in the product in an attempt to meet specific business objectives.  We also see universities purchasing complimentary products to try to meet specific needs and requirements.

From an IT perspective, the cost to write custom code to modify PeopleSoft is prohibitive, or the software simply cannot meet the business objectives. With this in mind, ImageSource, a systems integrator for Oracle, has built several modules for higher education that will have a dramatic effect on how universities conduct business. The integration is codeless, so although we “talk back and forward” to PeopleSoft, there is little requirement to have PeopleSoft technical staff supporting the project.

This new module provides true business workflow that can be designed and built by the business unit, allowing work to be pushed out to the specified knowledge workers. The pilot project recently completed at major California University has been deemed a complete success. This solution now allows them to provide critical real time service to students, parents and faculty.  With the initial implementation in Finance and Student Services, this university is ready to implement the program campus-wide and gain substantial ROI.

If you’d like to know more about how this solution works please email Lynne Butler, ImageSource Higher Ed Business Consultant, at lynneb@imagesourceinc.com

The Beauty of Dealing with Colleges

It has only been a few years since I was in college, and I can still remember those days like it was yesterday. I can remember the warm sunshine, cramming for finals, hanging out with friends, football games, and everything that comes with the college experience.

I went to college out of state and ended up taking some summer and winter courses at local community colleges near my hometown when I was home from school. Naturally I got grades in those classes and wanted those grades sent to my university so they could be counted toward my graduation requirements. However, the process to find out if my grades actually were
transferred over involved multiple phone calls and lots of waiting.

I took some online summer classes at a well-known community college in the area where I’m from. I wanted to have the grades I received in my classes sent to the university I was attending in a different state. I went online, filled out a form, input my credit card information and hit “Submit.” That was the end of it.

After a few weeks, the phone calls started. I called the registrar at my university at least once a week for at least six weeks trying to figure out if they’d received the transcripts in the first place and where they were in the process. After a number of weeks, I checked my unofficial transcripts from my university and the grades from the community college were there.

It would have been nice to have gotten some kind of notification when the university received my transcripts and at various other points in the process. An email would have sufficed.

I know I’m not the only person who has experienced this. There are numerous other universities who handle their transcripts this way. However, there is a solution that I believe will satisfy both the student and the university.

The solution looks at transcripts in a whole new way, processing information when the transcripts arrive at the school. Information is captured off the transcript and a calculator looks at credits earned and automatically performs the calculation. At any point, a student can log into the system and see where their transcripts are in the process. It’s beneficial for universities because they can now process more information, faster, and they can move transcripts more quickly through the queue.

A major California University has implemented this solution at their campus. They are processing more transcripts now than ever before. Their process is automated and students can now be moved throught the queue much faster. Students who are applying as freshmen can now find out faster if they have been accepted to the university. Students who may have attended a community college in the summer (as I did) can now have their grades trasnfered over with ease and be notified where the school is in the process.

I know as a student in college at one point, I definitely would have appreciated a system like this in place.

For additional information on this higher ed solution, check out this link: http://www.imagesourceinc.com/Solutions/Industry/Education/index.htm.

Kristina Parma
Communications Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

AACRAO Presentation You Can’t Miss

The team at ImageSource is looking forward to meeting Admissions personnel from across the country to get input on a brand new way of helping students with the enrollment process.

At booth #106, you will see how a student can use their home page as a portal into the progress of their application. On Tuesday evening at 5 pm, Dave MacWatters will be explaining the entire process.

Terry Butler
Chief Solutions Officer
ImageSource, Inc.

Colleges and Universities – Give Your Students Something to Cheer For!

Most Higher Education institutions have a student portal where students and parents can review mounds of information. From courses completed to the amount owed to events occurring at the school, the portal provides critical data. It acts as a self-service device to drastically reduce the amount of phone calls and emails that were once necessary.

However at most institutions, the ability to get REAL TIME information for a student applicant is very difficult. Questions such as, “Did you receive my transcripts? What else do you need? When will I know if I am accepted?” continues to be a difficult task.

At AACRAO in Seattle next week, you will have the opportunity to see the first student portal that is linked in real-time to the entire back room process for student enrollment. Not only will true enterprise content management (ECM) give the applicant peace of mind, it will provide huge benefits to all departments within student services.

Stop by ImageSource booth #106 during the AACRAO exhibition and don’t forget to register for the 5pm session hosted by ImageSource.

This is a really different experience.

Terry Butler
Chief Solutions Officer
ImageSource, Inc.

Don’t Miss This AACRAO Seattle Presentation

ImageSource is really excited about the AACRAO conference being held in Seattle next week. In our booth (booth #106), we will be demonstrating how a student applying for college can go to the University portal and view the progress of their application.

This process will dramatically reduce the number of phone calls and emails that are fielded by an overworked Admissions office. At the booth, you will see the though process behind a new ECM process.

ImageSource is also giving a presentation Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. Any College, University or Higher Ed Institution looking to become more efficient when it comes to students can’t miss this.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Terry Butler
Chief Solutions Officer
ImageSource, Inc.

Higher Ed Automates Transcript Processes With ECM Technology

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) can provide a host of benefits to Higher Ed Institutions. Efficiencies can be found in Admissions & Registrar, Financial Aid, Accounting & Reporting, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications and more.

ImageSource Customer Partner, San Jose State University, is utilizing ECM technology for creative automation solutions in several departments, with plans to expand university-wide. Besides automating Finance’s requisition to PO process, a unique solution in Enrollment Services has created one of the most advanced transcript automation processes available.  Utilizing PeopleSoft as the core engine, ECM technology automatically extracts almost all data from paper and electronic transcripts and uploads the data to PeopleSoft.  The system provides coordinators, evaluators and auditors with concise, consolidated information, allowing them to calculate credits at the touch of a button and make enrollment decisions quicker.

Debbie Horton
Communications Director
ImageSource, Inc

Vote to See These Valuable ImageSource Presentations at OpenWorld

ImageSource has proposed 3 presentation ideas for Oracle OpenWorld. Please take the time to go to the Oracle Mix website and vote for the ImageSource presentations.

Best Practices for Upgrading to Oracle IPM 11g
This session will explore opportunities for organizations looking to upgrade to Oracle IPM 11g. Expert integrators who have worked with this product from its inception will examine best practices when moving to 11g. We’ll explore how IPM 11g offers a true platform for enterprise deployments. Learn the best way to transition, how you can still use SQL databases and about exciting new features. Explore the extensible architecture, the BPM platform and understand how the open integration to MANY lines of business applications, in a loosely-coupled manner is a good change from the hard coded integration of the past & how it will affect future upgrades.

The Future Direction of ECM – Oracle IPM 11g
The speculation is over and Oracle IPM 11g is upon us. Independent expert integrators will present a case study example on a new implementation and explore how IPM 11g offers a true platform for enterprise deployments. Discover the best way to transition, how you can still use SQL databases and about exciting new features like wizards, searches, inputs & connections to external data sources. Explore why an extensible architecture benefits multiple business processes and how the BPM platform simplifies the implementation of workflow. Understand why the open integration to MANY lines of business applications, in a loosely-coupled manner is a good change from the hard coded integration of the past & how it will affect future upgrades.

Oracle ECM in Higher Ed – Conquering Registration, Transcripts & Financial Aid
Universities are experiencing an explosion of information. The need to control it, even leverage it, has never been greater. From registration to transcripts to financial aid and more, today’s students expect online services and electronic forms facilitating faster decisions and timely responses. This session will explore how Oracle Enterprise Content Management allows institutions to optimize specific, departmental business processes while providing a common platform for all information processes across the enterprise. Higher Ed experts will show how Oracle ECM provides a reliable way for all departments to securely access the same, current, accurate information.

You must become an Oracle Mix member to vote. Please sign up and vote to see ImageSource present at OpenWorld.

To vote:

  1. Click on this link: https://mix.oracle.com/
  2. Register as an Oracle Mix member
  3. Go to the right side of the screen and link on “Suggest A Session 2010”
  4. Sort by title
  5. You must vote for at least three sessions for your vote to count. Please vote for the above three presentations.

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

 

 

Higher Ed Institutions Learn to Bridge Information University Wide

On May 12, ImageSource hosted a webinar titled “Information Management for Higher Ed: Bridge All of the Information Across your University”

The Webinar looked at how Universities are experiencing an explosion of information and how the need to control it, even leverage it, has never been greater. From registration to transcripts to financial aid and more, today’s students expect online services and electronic forms facilitating faster decisions and timely responses. Ensuing departmental document management solutions result in silos of information, and redundancy in content, technology and processes.

In the webinar, we explored how Enterprise Content Management (ECM) allows institutions to optimize specific, departmental business processes while providing a common platform for all information processes across the enterprise. We discussed how ECM provides a reliable way for all departments to securely access the same, current, accurate information. And when content is managed by a common platform, Universities share more than information. Sharing the cost for implementation and ongoing IT resources can provide big benefits to their bottom line.

Enterprise Content Management Solutions for Higher Ed are:
Extensible
Although it may originally be implemented in any department, an Enterprise Content Management system is designed to be expanded to include the entire organization.
Secure
ECM systems allow for control of access to sensitive information, protecting student confidentiality and University liability.
Compliant
Access records completely and immediately. Automated retention schedules allow for effective storage.
Efficient
Immediate access to critical information means Higher Ed organizations can do their job better and faster. This can improve the competitive edge through improved service to applicants and enrollees.
Economical
Reduce the footprint and expense of storing and accessing paper records. And when distributed across the entire enterprise, cost savings are realized through shared IT resources, hardware and software investments.

To view the Webinar please visit our Website: ECM Solutions for Higher Ed

To learn more about ECM solutions in Higher Ed and the many benefits it provides consider attending our ECM Solutions Conference, Nexus 2010.

Debbie Horton
ImageSource
Communications Director

 

Tackling ECM in Higher Education Part One

It seems whenever I meet with prospects in Higher Education I keep hearing the same thing over and over again, we have a system in this department we have another system in this department but we don’t think what they have will work for our needs. How did this scenario come to be? The answer is pretty simple, in the past, many systems in Higher Education that were chosen focused on specific departments, primarily Admission & Records and the Financial Aid Departments which were prime targets due to the large volumes of content each generated. Thus the beginnings of what we commonly refer to today as “Islands of Information” began to take place,  with each department doing their own thing or nothing at all. Today the business paradigm has shifted with departments such as AP, AR, HR, Student Services, Campus Police, Housing and the above mentioned departments now all requiring Content Management. Each department has its own unique requirements with integration into one or more ERP type of systems being quite common. Tackling all these requirements can be a challenge since the answer lies outside the traditional school of thought and requires us to  look beyond the department and expand our vision around Enterprise Content Management. How we go about doing that will be in discussed in part 2 of my next blog.

Bob Garrido
Senior Account Executive
ImageSource, Inc.