Workday Podcast: Radical Cooperation in Higher Learning

Workday Podcast: Radical Cooperation in Higher Learning
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There’s a fair amount of competition among colleges, yet they all share similar business challenges. The CIO from Wellesley College and a vice president from Alchemy, a Workday partner, reveal what happened when three institutions collaborated on a new student information system.

Creating three separate solutions that meet the same needs seems counterproductive. However, few organizations dare to collaborate with their competitors to do just that, which is why the cooperation among California College of the Arts, Bentley University, and Wellesley College is so radical.

These three schools recognized that they all needed a student information system that facilitates registration, protects students’ private information, and gives administrators tools to manage staff, federal aid, employee awards, and fees. So, instead of all three creating their own, nearly identical solutions, together they designed one student information system that each school deployed independently, saving significant time and money.

In this episode of the Workday Podcast, I speak with Ravi Ravishanker, CIO at Wellesley College, and Derek Wolf, vice president of customer success at Alchemy, a Workday services partner. They explain how the colleges chose a technology platform and established a shared set of design principles and best practices—which they used to guide

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