This Week in Review – March 12th to March 18th

Business Intelligence - Notre Dame & University of Washington

Taming the Data for Better BI

Facing tight budgets and long to-do lists, some CIOs decide that creating an infrastructure for managing and categorizing data is a low priority. But institutions such as Notre Dame (IN) and the University of Washington are recognizing that without a metadata repository and a strong data governance effort, business intelligence efforts are likely to fizzle out.

In their metadata repository work, both UW and Notre Dame use graph database technology from Neo4j to represent entities and their relationships. Visser explained that within the metadata world, everything is related to everything else. "A resource in a web service or a label on a report can relate to a business term or a concept," he said. "In a graph database you can easily connect any node to another node. Trying to do it in a relational database is almost impossible."

Source: Campus Technology

ePortfolios - Simpson College

Simpson College Selects Portfolium to Improve Learning Outcomes Assessment

Portfolium, a leading cloud-based learning success platform that enables students to capture, curate, and convert skills into attractive job offers, has today announced it has partnered with Simpson College to provide ePortfolios and Assessment to students and faculty.

“We are excited to combine our assessment efforts with the high impact practice of an ePortfolio. This will benefit the institution and the students which is a win-win for us,” said Tracy Dinesen, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Simpson College. "Every department in our institution has learning outcomes for all of their programs, which in turn include custom rubrics for each outcome,” Dinesen explained further. “By allowing us to streamline our assessment process, Portfolium will transform the way our departments measure their learning outcomes.”

Source: Cision PRWeb

Enterprise Resource Planning - Mount Marty College 

Mount Marty College Partners with Campus Management to Transform Student Engagement

Campus Management announced today that Mount Marty College selected the enterprise suite of CampusNexus® solutions to support their mission of cultivating lasting relationships between students, faculty and staff. Once implemented, CampusNexus Student, CampusNexus CRM and CampusNexus Finance, HR & Payroll deployed in the CampusNexus Cloud, will enhance their constituent engagement and enable communication that leads to lifelong learning.

"At Mount Marty College we are embracing our centuries-old Benedictine heritage and our vision for the future, which will better serve students, faculty and administration using the latest technology," said Mount Marty College CIO Christian Hunhoff. The values of stability, stewardship and community are the foundation of our new effort to streamline many administrative functions with the latest next generation software from our new partner - Campus Management."

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Finance - Deakin University

Deakin Uni Opts for Workday in Finance Overhaul

Deakin University has kicked off an overhaul of its back office finance functions that will see it consolidate systems onto Workday's cloud-based financial management platform.

It will see the university retire the Oracle E-Business Suite financials platform that has been responsible for managing its financial processes for the past 18 years.

Source: itnews

Textbooks - University of Missouri system

Missouri System Chooses McGraw-Hill to Expand Access to Affordable Materials

The University of Missouri system has teamed up with McGraw-Hill Education to expand access to affordable materials through a partnership designed to lower costs on electronic textbooks and offer the publisher’s entire catalog of ebooks to students.

McGraw-Hill electronic textbooks will cost 38 percent less than their current price to meet the system’s definition of low cost.

Source: Inside HigherEd