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A research request from Kirkwood Community College IT, Spring 2014

The research question

What Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems exist and are currently being used in higher education or community colleges specifically? Are there examples/case studies/published research that have roadmaps for acquiring and implementing an ERP in higher ed? Are there comparisons of ERPs for the higher ed market, particularly comparisons that deal with cloud-based services and software as a service (SAAS) models/tools? Finally, any research that uses the Magic Quadrant methodology from Gartner is of particular interest. Material as old as 2000 may be OK. Seeking vendor names too - known ones include: 

Campus Management
Ellucian (some articles refer to SunGard Higher Education - this is now part of Ellucian)
Three Rivers
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Helpful Research!

These articles are listed in order of potential relevance: 

  1. Higher Education ERP: Lessons Learned (Using this framework for ERP could save your university millions of dollars), published by Educause Nov 2, 2001: . Has ERP project overview, benefits of ERP implementation, breakout of project costs, small vs. large school considerations, and more. Written by CIOs at George Washington and West Virginia University. 

  2. Various items from

    -->10 ERP Tips from College CIOs for All CIOs: Don't Go to the School of Hard Knocks; Learn from Those Who've Already Been There:

    -->University ERP: Big Mess on Campus:

    -->Updated news feed on the topic of ERP (not higher ed specific): 

    --> With ERP, Ask First, Implement Later: 

  3. Case Studies / Examples

    --> North Carolina State University: Implementing ERP Student Modules :

    --> Analyzing ERP Implementation at a Public University Using the Innovation Strategy Model :

    --> Technology Streamlines and Improves Recruitment - and Institutional Performance :  (this is just a short article but the example is North Shore Community College in Massachusetts)

    --> GCCC 'Banner Project' Kicks off this Week : (article from 9/13/2010)

  4. Implementation Never Ends: The Post Implementation Organizational and Operational Implications of ERP :

  5. Why all the Fuss about Information Systems? or Information Systems as Golden Anchors in Higher Education :

  6. ERP Systems Have Cost Colleges and Universities $5 to $10 Billion :

  7. Costs of Enterprise Resource Planning System Implementation - and then some :