The enterprise systems of the University of Texas at Austin were originally developed prior to the turn of the millennium and became the standard for all of the academic institutions within it.
The enterprise systems of the University of Texas at Austin were originally developed prior to the turn of the millennium and became the standard for all of the academic institutions within it. Mainframe-based and highly customized, the tightly-coupled DEFINE system supported financial management and human capital management processing across the enterprise. As the expectations of DEFINE and the University’s student information system increased and as the population of developers knowledgeable about the underlying technologies aged, university leadership identified the need to increase system flexibility and responsiveness while containing system support costs. Cloud-based enterprise system options presented an alternative to more effectively address these needs.
Imagining IT Differently
Future Made Possible
- Detailed analysis of on-premises, hosted and cloud technology as a platform for the future
- ERP marketplace assessment to inform the choices available for new solutions
- Requirements for each administrative system, built collaboratively with representatives from constituencies across the institution
- Comprehensive RFP for relevant software, hosting platform and ERP integration services, built to allow the university to effectively compare and contrast alternatives
- Detailed demonstration scripts to confirm software capability
- Decision process understood and supported by the constituent community
- Credible selection decision