Cloudy With a Chance of ERP –Ellucian, Oracle, Workday + Customer Panels
3 min readApril 27, 2022
by Tom Chambers
The Higher Education User Group welcomed back attendees in-person to its annual flagship conference, Alliance, last month in Seattle, WA. After taking a two-year hiatus due to the global situation, the event felt different, but in a good way.
My inaugural year as the exhibits and sponsorship manager for the Alliance Conference was in Seattle back in 2016. That year, we were an independent user group focused on PeopleSoft and Oracle. The center of our exhibitor area included a 30’x30’ Oracle booth. This year, many things were different, but some remained the same. The HEUG booth now center stage, and the exhibitor area showcased solutions from ALL walks of ERP to include Oracle, Ellucian and Workday.
The HEUG’s mission is to be the one organization your team can rely on for help to run all of your campus’ administrative and IT systems. To uphold our objective, we went straight to the source to solve today’s pressing issues our membership faces. We asked Oracle, Ellucian and Workday to share their vision for the future of their ERP environment, what it looks like moving into the future and to share how change is possible in the cloud. Each company presented for two hours, followed by a one hour customer panel. The event, aimed at organizational leaders, drew 60 members in attendance.
After the two day event, I noticed several similarities between the three presentations. One, the cloud transformation regardless of technology will require your organization to completely rethink your current business process. Two, these companies are investing in making the experience as “Amazon” like as possible, meaning that all three are heavily focused on the ease of use for the functional user. Three, these backend systems typically don’t provide substantial ROI, but are a necessity to run your campus.
I asked some other folks that attended for their “hot take” below: