This year Oracle made a major announcement at the Alliance conference (see My Oracle Support Doc ID 1630033.1):
Oracle is making new, significant investments in Higher Ed solutions that will complement the ongoing investment in functionality to support global Higher Ed operating models in our industry-leading SIS, HCM and ERP applications.
Attendees of the Alliance 2014 conference Opening Session heard Oracle’s major announcement by Mark Armstrong, Vice President Higher Education Development, and Steve Miranda, Executive Vice President Applications Development. The announced investment includes a focus in three key areas:
- Student Cloud – the Cloud-based Student Information System, for customers who are transforming their business to incorporate Cloud/SaaS deployment.
- Campus Solutions 9.2 release, to bring customers a simpler, more productive user experience and more tailored, efficient application life-cycle management process.
- Higher Ed “ready” core ERP Cloud and HCM Cloud applications, with significant enhancements in both solutions. The new SIS, in conjunction with enhanced HCM and ERP functionality, provides customers with a comprehensive Cloud platform for Higher Ed.
This announcement will ultimately impact all Campus Solutions customers, so we encourage you to read the Oracle Executive Summary and FAQ document referenced above, and in the short term, plan for the Campus Solutions 9.0 to 9.2 upgrade. This baseline will be matched with the latest 8.54 version of the tools, which bring many user experience enhancements. Oracle says this is a smaller upgrade, but it will include all the features that have been shipped to Campus Solution 9.0 customers since its release in 2006. So, if you have not applied any bundles for a while, this will be your opportunity to uptake all at once and reap the benefit of an enhanced user interface, and the option to create a custom bundle.
We look forward to comments and feedback from the community.