Campus officials chose Ciber as their implementation partner and, under a separate request for proposal, as the campus’ managed services provider of infrastructure, application management and functional support for the new software.
UCSB elected to deploy Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials after an extensive needs assessment and review of multiple systems. Additionally, since the UC Office of the President chose Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management as its new human resources and payroll system for all UC locations, the implementation of Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials allows UCSB to share best practices and leverage synergies between these solutions. Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials already operates at three other UC campuses, and implementing a system installed within the UC system meets the needs of the UC Regents’ resolution regarding administrative efficiencies.
“Oracle's PeopleSoft applications are designed to address the most complex business requirements. They provide comprehensive business and industry solutions, enabling organizations to increase productivity, accelerate business performance and lower total cost of ownership,” said Paco Aubrejuan, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications. “Ciber is a member in Oracle PartnerNetwork and has a long-standing record of successful implementations and on-going support.”
“UCSB can see huge gains in operational efficiency with this investment in Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications,” said Mike Dillon, Ciber’s vice president and Oracle practice leader. “Users can gain enhanced reporting capabilities for informed decision making, as well as process improvements that could free up funds for UCSB’s educational, research and public services missions.”
The Financial System Implementation Project will feature a two-phase, two-year implementation plan. Phase one covers general ledger, budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable and asset management. These core functionalities, which dramatically improve the stability and efficiency of the campus financial solution, also will allow UCSB to decommission their current mainframe-based solution. Phase two of the implementation adds functionality for accounts receivable, grants, contracts, billing and project management.
A Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), Ciber has helped more than 1,000 clients in more than 2,000 separate engagements leverage their Oracle applications to improve business processes, reduce costs and provide support for management decision-making. In the higher education market, Ciber has implemented applications at more than 175 institutions in the United States and Canada.
About UC Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara, commonly known as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB, is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses in the University of California system. The main campus, which is located in Santa Barbara, Calif., is the fifth-largest in the UC system, with some 19,800 undergraduate and 3,050 graduate students. A comprehensive doctoral university, UCSB is organized into five colleges offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. U.S. News and World Report’s guide,“America’s Best Colleges,” the most widely read college guide in the country, ranks UCSB number 10 among all public universities.
About Ciber, Inc.
Ciber (ciber.com) is a client-focused, results-driven IT consulting company. Its 6,000 consultants provide the business acumen, technical skills and flexibility to help businesses and governments around the globe get the most from technology. Since 1974 Ciber has combined the stability and resources of a large consultancy with the agility and personal touch of a local firm. Ciber (CBR) trades on the New York Stock Exchange and earned approximately $1 billion in annual revenue during 2011.
About Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN)
Oracle PartnerNetwork (oracle.com/partners) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success.
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