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Edinburgh University Completes First Cloud Migration in Scotland

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The university hopes that the multi-million-pound investment will enhance services for students and staff.

Edinburgh University has become the first in Scotland to migrate its core IT systems to the Oracle Cloud.

The three-phase implementation project is being delivered with computer consultancy firm Inoapps, with the first stage of the university’s People and Money programme now live in the Oracle Cloud. This will allow for the initial implementation of its the university’s human resources (HR) system.

Through the implementation of solutions, including Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud, Oracle Recruitment, Oracle Intelligent Adviser and HR Helpdesk, the university will be able to deliver improved working practices and decision-making, supporting HR to become a strategic partner for the organisation.

Migration to the Oracle Cloud is a key aspect of the university’s Service Excellence Programme, a multi-million-pound investment which aims to “enhance key professional services operations to benefit students and staff”.

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Gavin Ian McLachlan, Vice Principal and Chief Information Officer at the University of Edinburgh said: “Migrating our core systems to the cloud is a ground-breaking development which will transform our service delivery capabilities across the university, benefitting students and staff. Inoapps has proved to be a very effective business partner in delivering phase one of this complex project.

“They’ve developed a thorough understanding of our culture, which has been applied at all levels of the new cloud solution and have worked collaboratively with us throughout the project to keep us on track.

“It really feels like a partnership and we are looking forward to working together to successfully deliver the next phase.”

The university says the project will focus on “delivering more user-friendly processes and efficient systems” across the university’s entire operations and to support its work by “modernising and simplifying policies, procedures, structures, and business processes”.

Phase two of the project follows over the course of this year and will include payroll and additional HR capabilities, whilst phase three will complete the implementation by delivering the new finance system, along with performance management, learning and talent management.

Andrew Norris, Commercial Head of UK/EMEA at Inoapps, said: “We’re delighted to support the University of Edinburgh in achieving another first by launching this first phase of its Oracle Cloud migration project.

“Inoapps’ consultants and the team at the university worked collaboratively throughout the project to deliver successfully in the face of complex challenges posed by the backdrop of a national lockdown.

“Everyone can be very proud of this achievement. The university is another step closer to having an integrated HR and finance solution in the cloud from which they will draw benefits for many years to come.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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