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05 May 2011
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Community Colleges Turn to Oracle for Solutions in Dealing with Growing Enrollments, Budget Cuts [24155]
Oracle PeopleSoft Product Line Widely Implemented

Oracle cites the experiences of several community colleges that have adopted Oracle solutions as a means to deal with the demands of a growing influx of students with sophisticated demands in the face of budget cuts in their respective states. The schools are Lone Star College System, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Seminole State College of Florida, and Houston Community College System, all of which have, at the very least, implemented at least one Oracle PeopleSoft solution and, variously, such solutions as Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. “Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise applications have made us a leaner, more efficient institution. We can better predict enrollments, enhance payroll accuracy and eliminate unnecessary paper waste, leading to $1.65 million in savings,” said William Carter, vice chancellor of information technology, Houston Community College System. Oracle asserts that its solutions are uniquely designed to meet the needs of modern institutions with Web-enabled capabilities – such as online class registration, electronic pay stubs, enrollment analytics and enhanced communication tools – that increase operational efficiency while minimizing costs.
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30 Mar 2011
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Oregon State University’s Leading Edge Climate Research CenterTurns to Oracle [24058]
Integrated Server and Storage Systems Meet Center's Data Intensive Demands

Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) conducts leading edge scientific research on the ocean and atmosphere’s influence on the Earth’s climate. To facilitate the execution of this mission, COAS has adopted integrated Oracle Systems comprising Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle’s Sun Fire x86 clustered systems and Oracle’s Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers running Oracle Solaris. By thus extending its IT infrastructure, COAS has improved data movement and performance by approximately 3 to 4 times, reduced system administration and management time, and unified research silos to gain a holistic view of integrated data sets. In addition, COAS is now able to manage its unusually large input/output (I/O) loads, enabling the computation, storage, analysis and visualization of massive data flows. Chuck Sears, manager of Research Computing for the COAS, says, ”Oracle's powerful integrated solution scales seamlessly to meet our changing research needs, provides a holistic view of the data and has been core to our investigation of some of the most complex environmental challenges in the world.”
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17 Jan 2011
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Oracle and the University of Central Florida [23853]
Second-Largest University Reduces Costs and Improves System Performance with Powerful Combination of Oracle Software and Hardware

To help streamline academic administration and to manage growth, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is using a multifaceted solution that combines Oracle software and hardware.

As the nation’s second-largest university (single campus), UCF needed a powerful, scalable and reliable IT infrastructure to support its continued growth, while also addressing a growing user preference for Web-enabled portals and self-service options.

"The combination of Oracle software and hardware provides us with an innovative platform that significantly streamlines our administrative processes so students can spend more time learning and less time standing in line filling out paperwork," said Bob Yanckello, CTO, University of Central Florida. "Oracle’s hardware provides the performance and scalability needed to ensure that students, faculty and staff have access to the system even during the most severe traffic spikes."
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02 Nov 2010
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The Oracle Academy Adds Sun Products to its Portfolio [23642]
Students Gain Access to Additional Industry-leading Technologies

The Oracle Academy, which currently supports over 1 million students in 93 countries, has expanded its offerings to include Oracle’s Sun products, giving students hands-on access to an even wider range of the leading technologies used by corporations and governments around the world today.

The Sun Academic Initiative (SAI) benefits have been integrated into the Oracle Academy: Advanced Computer Science option.

The expanded Oracle Academy offering now includes Instructor Led Training (ILT) resources for Sun courses; online Sun courses via the Oracle University Knowledge Center, comprising the Sun Java Passport and the Sun System Administration Passport; and discounts on certification exams.
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08 Apr 2010
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Oracle BI and Applications Answer Requirements by ARRA 2009 [23024]
Educational Institutions Implementing Solutions for Transparency, Reporting, Performance Gains

Oracle business intelligence (BI) technology and applications are being swept up by school districts and state education agencies throughout the United States to help build data systems with the aim of fostering transparency and enabling efficient reporting, while improving performance management throughout their organizations. Recent purchases of Oracle technologies have been reported from five large educational institutions taking advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that offered $245 million for state educational agencies to develop and implement statewide data systems to manage and analyze individual student data.
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21 Jan 2010
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"Deploying Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solution on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems" [22717]
Implementation Guide for Higher Education Institutions

The Sun BigAdmin paper "Deploying Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions [9.0] on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System" explains that the solution can be successfully deployed with Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems, provided the underlying application server, web server, and relational database management system (RDBMS) platforms are installed and configured correctly. Author Abhishek Gupta outlines the details of the process required to implement this deployment.
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