Tuesday Afternoon Learning Opps

Approaches to Enterprise System Implementation in the New SaaS Environment

  • Tuesday, August 01
  • 01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Minneapolis Conv Ctr
  • 208C
  • MS


David Hemingson

Partner and Leader, Higher Education and Academic Medical Centers Practice

Information Services Group (ISG)

Reston, Virginia

Peter Murray

Vice President/Chief Information Officer

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Dawn Rhodes

Chief Business & Finance Officer and Vice President

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland


Colleges, universities, and academic medical centers are rapidly moving to the cloud for administrative systems and services. In this new environment, subscriptions replace large, one-time license fees for Software-as-a-Service systems, changing the economics, timing, and acquirer-software vendor balance of control. This session’s speakers will discuss how the economics of SaaS-based enterprise software acquisition differ from traditional ERP acquisitions, the implications those changes have on enterprise software implementation, the tasks that may occur before engaging a system integrator, and the benefits this approach can provide to an institution.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare the economics, timing, and acquirer-vendor balance of control of enterprise SaaS system acquisition vis-à-vis traditional on-premise system acquisition.
  • Revisit the traditional approach to enterprise system implementation to shorten project duration, reduce project risk, and potentially reduce overall cost.
  • Discuss institutional advantages that can arise from the implementation of enterprise applications.