TechnologyOne signs dual-sector, multi-million deal with CQUniversity

CQUniversity has signed a multi-million-dollar deal with TechnologyOne to replace its Oracle Peoplesoft system with new Student Management software following a formal tender process. 

This deal continues the momentum of TechnologyOne’s success in the education sector, following the successful roll out of nine Victorian TAFEs in late 2013, and a multi-million dollar deal in February with Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, incorporating 486 schools. More than half of Australia’s Universities and TAFEs rely on TechnologyOne’s integrated enterprise solution. 

The University aims to go live with the first phase of the new software in July 2014, as part of a merger with CQ TAFE. The merger of the two institutions will lead to the establishment of Queensland’s first dual sector university, encompassing a footprint of 22 campuses and delivery sites across four states, with more than 30,000 enrolled students. The merger of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE has been made possible by $73.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding. 

Both CQUniversity and CQ TAFE currently use Oracle Peoplesoft’s ISAS solution, with the TAFE system externally managed by the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Initially TechnologyOne will provide its integrated, single platform Student Management system to manage student information in the VET area with tertiary students to follow. 

The software will help transform CQUniversity’s business by providing a proven solution to simplify business processes and enhance the student experience, including reducing the online admissions process from enquiry to offer down from weeks to days.

TechnologyOne Student Management will allow students, academics, administrators and partners to connect online through one application, to enrol and pay fees, monitor student progression and completion, facilitate graduations and produce legislative reports for state and federal governments., 

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the merger presented an opportunity to adopt innovative systems and processes that would prepare the new institution for the future.

“Our existing student management system did not meet the required scope of what is needed in the new institution and customising it would have been too costly and time consuming.” Professor Bowman said.

“After an extensive tendering process it was determined that the TechnologyOne solution best suited our current and long-term requirements. 

“The fact that TechnologyOne Student Management is a proven, preconfigured solution was critical because the TAFE side of our business must be ready go-live in July 2014.”

“Another deciding factor was TechnologyOne’s status as an Australian company, with a Queensland-based R&D and support centre. Because of this we will have direct access to a team of local solution specialists with knowledge of both the VET and tertiary sectors,” Professor Bowman said.

TechnologyOne executive chairman Adrian Di Marco said TechnologyOne’s long history of working with the education sector, gave the company an edge. 

“Education is one of the key markets in which we operate. Our work with more than 75 education customers around the globe has given us a deep understanding of the industry, which helped us develop Student Management,” Mr Di Marco said. 

“Our solution is simple: It is largely preconfigured, which makes for a quick implementation. Because we built it with and for education customers, it continues to displace multinational incumbents and their cumbersome software,” he concluded.