Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Leverage Your ERP Move to Transform Operations

  • Sunday, July 14
  • 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 12AB
  • BMO


Cole Clark

Managing Director, Higher Education

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Atlanta, Georgia

Klara Jelinkova

Vice President for International Operations and IT and CIO

Rice University

Houston, Texas

James Kemp

Managing Director, Higher Education

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Avon Lake, Ohio

David Swartz

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

American University

Washington, District of Columbia


The opportunity to modernize technology can bring sweeping change to an institution. It is often difficult, however, to develop a business case that articulates the financial and non-financial impacts of investing in modern cloud-based ERP systems in order to gain campus and board commitment. In this session, speakers from two institutions will explain how they bridged the IT-Finance divide to create an actionable roadmap and establish a foundation for a mindset change across campus. You’ll hear how the institutions weighed the cost/ benefit trade-offs of the cloud and made the case for change that helped engage constituents and build the necessary buy-in for success.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate how technology, people, business practices, and organizations intersect to enable universities to maximize the value derived from significant technology investments
  • Develop a case for change that engages stakeholders from across the institution
  • Consider technology investments as they relate to the institution’s strategic priorities and contrast with the status quo