Harper OKs $8 Million Computer Upgrade Change Will Help Students, Employees Do More through the Web, Officials Say

By Puente, Michael | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 23, 2004 | Go to article overview

Harper OKs $8 Million Computer Upgrade Change Will Help Students, Employees Do More through the Web, Officials Say


Puente, Michael, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Michael Puente Daily Herald Staff Writer

From course registration to transcript processing, almost everything that's computerized at Harper College in Palatine will be upgraded in the coming two years.

The massive, $8 million undertaking will completely revamp Harper's Enterprise Resource Planning, which includes all of the college's antiquated business software and computer infrastructure.

"The current ERP system is over 12 years old and was not designed to handle the capacity and the new tasks we've placed on it," said Terrence Felton, director of applications systems at Harper. "Students expect to do almost everything via computer and the Web, and we need systems to accommodate that demand now and in years to come."

This week, the college's board of trustees approved spending the money for the upgrade.

The college began exploring options for a new computer system more than a year ago.

In March, the college began accepting proposals for a new system.

After months of vendor demonstrations, assessment and analysis, Oracle Corp. was chosen to provide the bulk of the new system.

"The new ERP will drive substantial gains in productivity, since students will be able to perform many routine functions through the Web and their own portal such as registering and paying for classes, checking grades, and so on," Felton said. …

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