Further proof that Australia's ERP market is as strong as ever was delivered recently when the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) selected PeopleSoft to deploy an enterprise solution that includes student admin, financials, and HRMS/Payroll.
According to USQ's vice chancellor Professor Peter Swannell, the university has attempted to structure its course programming around the diverse needs of its students and, as a result, an overhaul of its administration systems had to be undertaken.
"The variety of employment patterns; range of courses offered; and the new ways of studying, including online, are all changing the way universities provide education," Swannell said.
"USQ is very serious about how society has changed and the time has come to move with those changes. The biggest challenge has been how to service thousands of students around the world with what they want, when they want it, and where they want it."
Swannell explained that USQ's previous admin systems were inflexible, lacked integration, and did not lend themselves to Web enablement. The PeopleSoft system will integrate student records, human resources, finance, and payroll systems into one enterprise solution.
Swannell added that USQ is single-minded in its commitment to providing access to tertiary education for people from diverse backgrounds.
"We provide the choice between two modes of study - on-campus and off-campus - and three delivery options - face-to-face traditional delivery, 'traditional' distance mode delivery, and delivery via the Internet.
"Our administrative systems must recognise this and be flexible and robust," he said.
"The ability to respond quickly to the need for reliable data and to provide integrated services for enrolled students and staff is so important in highly competitive global markets."
Initially the university's ERP roll-out will focus on the implementation of the system for staff and finance while preparations to unveil the student system will begin with a series of training seminars to educate the students.