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D. Henschen
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9/10/2013 | 9:16:50 PM
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That's very much what they have in mind. Workday execs say incumbent student systems were built for school admin, but students want and need something that makes dealing with the school Amazon shopping simple. The example above about getting an alert about consequences if you're attempting to change your major would be a case in point. That's just one example about having intelligent connections between course schedules, degree requirements, student aid and more -- not to mention more social stuff around offering feedback on professors, etc.
In short, much of the talk is about providing a more student-oriented system. Now it's a matter of delivering on the promise.
David F. Carr
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9/10/2013 | 7:03:59 PM
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Turns out a college local to me in South Florida is one of several working with Workday to design this student tracking system to their specs.Just received this by email:

Broward College, which serves 67,000 students throughout the Fort Lauderdale area, announced today that is has partnered with Workday, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, to help design the first student application built in the last 20 years for higher education - and the first in the cloud.

Challenged with antiquated systems that were not built
for the needs of todayGÇÖs students or institutions, Broward has joined other select higher education institutions to help Workday design a mobile-first cloud application built for modern day that will transform the way colleges are able to serve students.


J. David Armstrong, Jr., president, Broward College, joined Dave Duffield, co-founder and co-CEO, Workday, on stage today at WorkdayGÇÖs annual customer conference, Workday Rising, to publicly announce plans to build the new application, Workday Student.
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David F. Carr,
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9/10/2013 | 6:39:07 PM
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If they can orient student information systems toward the needs of the student, rather than the administrators only, that could be a winner tapping into the trend of consumer-driven IT.
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D. Henschen,
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9/10/2013 | 2:19:48 PM
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On big data, the only question I had left unanswered was how Datameer does its integration and analysis tricks running on top of S3 and EC2? Anyone?

On higher ed, big problems not solved by current student systems? Colleges and universities are having a hard time with demand planning in part because there are so many non-traditional, part-time, online and on- and off-again students that take up
to six years to graduate. College and university financial pressures also make it difficult for students to register for high-demand, degree-required classes. Workday says students need "guided pathways" (think wizards) to alert them to the graduation and financial ramifications of their choices. If a student explores options to switch majors, for example, Workday Student will be able to warn when and whether financial aid might run out, the vendor says.

Workday is clearly hip to the latest demands. Now it's building an application from
scratch with input from partner customers to deliver what Workday says will be the
first new student system introduced in the last 20 years.


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