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This report offers a set of recommendations to help institutions navigate profound change in the industry by leveraging a new approach to enterprise applications, including ERP, HCM, and SIS solutions.


  • Higher education is on the brink of a "golden age."
  • Unifying the IT and institutional agendas delivers tremendous value.
  • A core set of building blocks – ERP, HCM, and SIS – brings the modern campus to life.

Features and Benefits

  • Offers a practical set of recommendations for cloud migration.
  • Provides a set of case studies to illustrate how four institutions embarked on their journey to the modern cloud.

Key questions answered

  • What are the characteristics of best-in-class enterprise applications?
  • How are institutions grappling with cloud migration in ways that are less risky and disruptive, yet still deliver value?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for higher education institutions

Higher education is on the brink of a "golden age"

  • A myriad of forces are driving change and disruption
  • Capacity for innovation, agility, and efficiency becomes critical

Building a modern campus from the ground up

  • Unifying the IT and institutional agendas delivers tremendous value
  • Solving today's problems requires a unified strategy for mission-critical solutions
  • A core set of building blocks – ERP, HCM, and SIS – brings the modern campus to life
  • There is a path to consume cloud services without compromise


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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