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University of California Merced Selects Oracle Cloud Enterprise Platforms

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AUSTIN, Texas and MERCED, Calif. — The University of California Merced is using a pair of Oracle Cloud enterprise platforms to support its ongoing growth.

In under a year, the University of California Merced implemented Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), according to Oracle last month. 

UC Merced will use automation and predictive analytics to increase enterprise efficiencies, improve insights, and “make more informed decisions.”

The implementations will allow staff to focus more time on “delivering value to students.” 

Oracle’s Fusion Cloud Applications Suite can support UC Merced with integrated processes, a common data model, and a consistent user experience (UX). 

With the Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud EPM platforms, UC Merced plans to streamline business operations, better control university resources, and improve reporting capabilities. 

The school will also get access to “hundreds” of new features from Oracle every 90 days.

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UC Merced has experienced “swift growth” partly due to its focus on first-generation and underrepresented student populations, according to Oracle.

As the university grew, its existing enterprise systems and manual processes “could not scale to keep pace with the school’s expansion.” 

UC Merced needed an integrated and flexible suite of cloud applications that could provide a “holistic view” of its operations with embedded automation and analytics. 

After a review of solutions, UC Merced selected Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud EPM. 

“Under our campus’s new ‘Strategic Plan,’ we anticipate continued high growth as we look toward 2030,” said Kurt Schnier, interim vice chancellor and CFO, UC Merced.

“Our previous financial systems were outdated and not equipped to keep pace with our campus’ goals.”  

Schnier said the university is confident that Oracle will be the “foundation needed to modernize our operations.”

Hari Sankar, group vice president at Oracle, said after the implementations, UC Merced‘s staff will be able to “play a more strategic role in the university’s growth and student development, rather than spending time on manual administrative tasks.”

UC Merced, established in 2005, has over 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

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