Higher Education & Research

Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 9:30am - 2:30pm

Sir Williams Lyon Road, Coventry

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Colin Colegate, Head of Higher Education at SAP will deliver an SAP update.

Steve Rumsby and Leighton Joskey from University of Warwick and George Credland from the University of Sheffield will be sharing their Universities Strategy Update – current and future plans.

Warwick are undergoing an implementation of SuccessFactors with on-premises Payroll, and will talk about the strategy behind that project and future expectations. Our on-premises ERP system is already running on HANA, and Steve will talk about how that process went, why they went for Suite on HANA not S4, and what their plans are for S4. They will also talk about other plans, such as analytics.

Sheffield now have all the prerequisites for the move to HANA. Their support partners are pushing them to jump straight to S/4 rather than follow the Suite on HANA route. Apparently the “compatibility packs” for legacy areas such as SAP HCM and payroll are now supported to 2025 rather than 2020. Sheffield still have cconcerns that S/4 functionality has limitations v.s. the old business suite, but have been assured some areas that were missing such as funds and grants are now included in S/4. Sheffiled will be reviewing eRecruitment at the end of this year and they are very interested to know what other SAP University customers have adopted.

The topic will follow into a Universities Strategy Update – open discussion. This is a private session for the universities only. We would like you to come prepared to speak about your organisations scope, your challenges and lessons learnt so far on any current projects.

Daniel Poole from Northumbria university will discuss their current views and thinking of the impact of SAPs roadmap and the steps their currently thinking of taking in response. This is more of a motivation of discussion rather than a more traditional presentation and questions.

Jude Williams from Edenhouse Solutions Limited will be showing you how you can use SAP’s latest analytics technologies to gain insight into your University information to help you improve enrollment, retention, results and profitability.

Hear how Edenhouse Higher Education customers - including the Universities of Liverpool, Birmingham, Strathclyde, Sheffield, Birmingham City, De Montfort, London South Bank and London School of Economics have used SAP BusinessObjects to improve insight into performance, from student conversions to research funding. Included in the presentation will be a demonstration of the latest analytics software from SAP – including mobile analytics and Cloud and will also take a closer look at one of our analytics projects - at the University of Liverpool.

The University of Liverpool worked with Edenhouse to create a data warehouse, using SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator to pull their disparate information systems together – including finance, student records systems, HR, Research Information and spreadsheets. A range of Key Performance Indicators were created to reflect the Universities 12 Key Ambitions, using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards providing highly visual and interactive experience for end users.

Edenhouse delivered formal Dashboard Design training for around 40 users at the university, along with the skills transfer during the project, and now many users now create their own highly visual dashboards to answer their own business questions. The University’s first dashboard reflected its emphasis on research, providing a top level view of each Faculty’s performance against targets across the different funding sources – from industry to research council and charity. The Faculties are also using SAP BusinessObjects to gain further insight into the funding process, drilling down through the data to understand how many grants have been applied for, in what areas, and the success rate has enabled each Faculty to consider how best to broaden the research portfolio.

Following the success of the initial dashboard, the University outlined 19 dashboards to reflect the requirements of the University’s 12 Key Ambitions. Dashboards are available to any member of the University staff via TULIP – The University of Liverpool Information Portal - and currently include Research Income, Research Applications and Awards, Financial Analysis – including Course Costs, Revenue and Profit, Student Population Analysis, Enrollment, Student Conversion Rates and Student Satisfaction Levels. SAP is providing real time access to up to date performance information combined with the ability to drill down from University to Faculty, School and Department level. This reduces the time spent collating information and support strategic development with live dashboard information during committee meetings enabling better informed and quicker decision making.

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