The University at Buffalo's Request for Information (RFI) was distributed to three major student systems software vendors, Oracle's PeopleSoft, SAP Campus Management, and SunGard's Banner. The following information was provided by the vendors to UB and gathered from their Web sites. Additional, more detailed information will be provided in the vendor responses to the RFI.
Please note that during the RFI process (until UB has chosen a vendor solution), representatives from the vendors should NOT be speaking with UB students, faculty, and staff. If a vendor representative contacts you, please ask them to contact UB's Project Manager, Kara Saunders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (716) 645-6003.
After 30 years, Oracle remains the gold standard for database technology and applications in enterprises throughout the world: The company is the world's leading supplier of software for information management, and the world's second largest independent software company. Oracle technology can be found in nearly every industry, and in the data centers of 98 of the Fortune 100 companies. Oracle is the first software company to develop and deploy 100 percent internet-enabled enterprise software across its entire product line: database, business applications, and application development and decision support tools.
Oracle's PeopleSoft (Campus Solutions) is a comprehensive suite of software specifically designed for the changing needs of higher education institutions. The Solution helps institutions manage the entire student lifecycle-from recruiting and admissions to student services and alumni relations-in a secure and stable environment. PeopleSoft Campus Solutions drives efficiency and productivity across business processes through features such as alumni and donor management, which gives you the ability to manage relationships with alumni and other donors through online access to a detailed history of their involvement with your institution.
PeopleSoft includes the following components:
To learn more about Oracle's PeopleSoft, visit the following sites:
In the SAP for Higher Education & Research portfolio, SAP offers the SAP family of business applications to address the key business processes: institutional development, student life-cycle management, academic services and learning, student services, and enterprise management and support. SAP® software is powered by the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, the comprehensive integration and application platform that supports enterprise solutions across heterogeneous systems and organizational boundaries.
SAP supports the most important business processes in any HE&R institution and provides tools to help you understand how these processes work. SAP solutions provide value to higher education and research institutions by:
SAP Campus Management, part of the SAP for Higher Education & Research set of solutions, is built on the most advanced business application technology. It has been implemented globally and in institutions whose student enrollment ranges in size from a few hundred to tens of thousands of students.
Some of the benefits of this robust solution are:
For more information about SAP Campus Management, visit the following sites:
SAP Brochure (1 MB)
SAP's Vendor Preview Demonstration at UB (May 2007)
Founded in 1968, SunGard Higher Education is a leading global provider of Unified Digital Campus solutions for institutions of different sizes and levels of complexity. The Company supports more than 1,600 customer institutions worldwide with administrative and academic solutions, portal and community solutions, content management and workflow solutions, information access and integration solutions, and professional services. SunGard Higher Education works collaboratively with customers and partners to provide a Unified Digital Campus. The Unified Digital Campus works through the e-Education Infrastructure, a framework for helping each institution create a Unified Digital Campus that supports its unique mission and objectives. Our leadership is based on effective management practices, high-quality products and services, expert staff, and financial strength. SunGard Higher Education is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania and has approximately 2,500 employees. Our leadership is based on effective management practices, high-quality products and services, expert staff, and financial strength.
SunGard's student information system is Banner, which is currently in version 7.x. Banner Student is a market leader in student information systems. It was built by experts from higher education to meet the specific needs of colleges and universities, fusing administrative and academic functions that make it easy to manage data while giving prospects, learners (both traditional and non-traditional), and faculty secure, 24x7, online access to the information they need. All Banner systems (Student, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Finance, and Advancement) share a common database, for the most thorough integration available in higher education systems today.
There are forty SUNY institutions that use the Banner Student and Financial Aid solutions as well as other solutions offered by SunGard Higher Education including the Luminis Portal, Enterprise Data Ware house, and Banner Xtender Solutions (Imaging). The SUNY System has a support center for the SUNY Banner clients called the SICAS Center. A founding principle of the SICAS program is that cost-effectiveness accrues from shared software developed to meet universal needs. Instead of individual campuses developing and maintaining software to meet their administrative needs, software is written once either to the BANNER baseline or SICAS applications developed by the SICAS Center.
For more information about Banner, visit the following sites: