University of San Francisco Moves to the Cloud with Ellucian

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Jesuit Catholic university USF (University of San Francisco) has chosen Ellucian Banner to move its systems and workloads to the cloud. The three critical factors that drove USF to move to cloud were easier maintenance, data security and business continuity.

 Laura Ipsen
“The three critical factors that drove USF to move to cloud – easier maintenance, data security and business continuity – will be increasingly important to institutions in the coming years,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO of Ellucian.

Founded in 1855, USF is San Francisco’s first university. The University of San Francisco is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty.

 To better support its large population of national and international students, USF began the process of overhauling all its software systems, including its student information systems to address the ever-increasing demand for an improved and secure digital experience.

 “We were working on a tight timeline to upgrade our on-premise server farm and encrypt our student data; Ellucian quickly helped us determine that moving Banner to the cloud would not only help us to address our data defense needs but would also be easier to maintain and increase our disaster recovery and business continuity posture,” said Opinder Bawa, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of San Francisco. “Ellucian’s focus on higher education and record of successful Banner cloud implementations weighed heavily into our decision. We look forward to working with Ellucian to help keep student data secure and accessible.”

Managed Cloud

The Banner cloud platform will be managed and maintained by Ellucian, allowing for “easy” access to the most current application features. The managed cloud delivery model would enhance scalability and data security, while reducing the need for supplementary spending on back-end infrastructure for disaster recovery. By relying on Ellucian for these services, the University of San Francisco staff would be empowered to shift their focus to more valuable business process improvements and student-centered activities on campus.

“The three critical factors that drove USF to move to cloud – easier maintenance, data security and business continuity – will be increasingly important to institutions in the coming years,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO of Ellucian. “Cloud technology is poised to address these priorities while creating IT efficiencies that allow for greater focus on strategic initiatives and driving innovation. I look forward to a strong partnership with USF as we set their cloud transformation in motion and help to create a great experience for both students and staff.”

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