HESS Consortium BUSINESS PARTNER QUARTERLY article submissions

HESS Business Partner – Scheduled Articles
HESS Business Partner
D2L
Article / Announcement Title
Getting Creative About Course Content with D2L Brightspace Creator+
Article / Announcement Abstract

D2L Brightspace Creator+ transforms education by providing educators with intuitive tools for streamlined course creation, fostering interactive learning experiences, and simplifying assessment processes. Without the need of 3rd party tools or coding expertise, Creator+ empowers educators to go beyond traditional methods, creating dynamic and engaging content that keeps students motivated. Explore how Maine Virtual Academy focused on building accessible, personalized learning for their diverse student population through Creator+ and how you can get started with building the future of education, teaching and learning.

HESS Business Partner
Paymerang
Article / Announcement Title
5 Ways Automation Accelerates Month-End Close
Article / Announcement Abstract

According to a 2023 AFP Report, finance teams face challenges like lengthy invoice processing times and high exception rates. Automation addresses these issues by providing faster invoice processing, accelerated approvals, and real-time reporting, reducing the time spent on manual tasks. Additionally, digital document management eliminates the need for physical file searches, and quick and accurate reconciliation saves time and enhances accuracy. Embrace AP automation to streamline month-end close, turning your finance team into strategic advisors and eliminating the fear associated with this process. Read more on the Paymerang blog.

HESS Business Partner
First American Education Finance
Article / Announcement Title
Enterprise Software Financing for HESS Member Institutions
Article / Announcement Abstract

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven Higher Education environment, investing in software is a necessity. However, ERP upgrades and implementations can be challenging for schools due to the large, upfront costs and constant maintenance required. Evaluating financing options can help address the short-term budget constraints caused by a long and costly implementation process, allowing software (i.e. ERP systems, licensing fees, etc) to be an affordable investment.  

Whether you are in the early planning stages of a software project, in the middle of updating your existing software and systems, or recently completed an ERP implementation — consider how financing with First American is a smart way to spread out your costs and maximize your investment.

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HESS Business Partner
Drivestream
Article / Announcement Title
Journey to the Future: The Unforgettable CompleteCloud Experience in Higher Ed”
Article / Announcement Abstract

Experience the future of higher education with CompleteCloud! This revolutionary 5 or 10-year, fixed-price cloud solution offers a transformative journey for private, non-profit institutions. Embrace the power of Oracle Cloud ERP, HCM, and Student applications with ease and financial flexibility. Our comprehensive support and seamless implementation services are designed to elevate your institution’s capabilities without the burden of high costs. Join the vibrant HESS Collective community and thrive in a collaborative environment that fosters shared knowledge and collective advancement in the higher education landscape.

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HESS Business Partner
Strata Information Group
Article / Announcement Title
Top 5 Cybersecurity Concerns For Higher Education
Article / Announcement Abstract

To enhance the learning experience, streamline administrative processes, and foster collaboration, higher education institutions have embraced technology advancements. However, with the growing reliance on technology comes an increased risk of cyber threats making higher education institutions prime targets. Learn the top cybersecurity concerns for higher education institutions and how to address them in this article. Read more!

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HESS Business Partner
Moran Technology Consulting
Article / Announcement Title
GLBA Is Not a Project
Article / Announcement Abstract

Most higher education institutions need to comply with the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA). Recent changes to the FTC Safeguards Rule have prompted institutions to re-think how they approach GLBA compliance. The impact on staffing, monitoring activities, regular risk assessments, and more have shifted the balance for many institutions who can no longer set it and forget it. GLBA is not a project, it is a program of continuous improvement, and creating a tailored roadmap for improvement is critical to making GLBA programmatic.

For particular questions about your information security & compliance program and how MTC can help you can make needed improvements, reach out to adam.vedra@morantechnology.com

 

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HESS Business Partner
Brander Group Inc.
Article / Announcement Title
Bandwidth Usage & Demand Forecast for 2024
Article / Announcement Abstract

The Evolution of Internet Bandwidth

 

Over the course of the evolution of the worldwide internet, the demand for faster bandwidth speeds on fixed networks has remained to consistently increase every year. However, contrary to what most people would think, recent changes in technology and consumer behavior indicate that this trend may be slowing down or even coming to a halt.

The surge in online video streaming has been a major driver of bandwidth demand. Yet, there are limits to this shift as well. Deloitte predicts that by 2024, more than 90% of the most commonly used online applications on fixed internet broadband networks in developed markets will have the same recommended bitrate as the year before. These applications encompass streaming video and audio, video calling, online gaming, and home security.

HESS Business Partner
Doctums
Article / Announcement Title
Shaping the Future: A Comprehensive Inquiry into AI’s Role in Higher Education
Article / Announcement Abstract
We are excited to announce a collaborative effort between HESS and Doctums. Together, we have embarked on a comprehensive study exploring the current state, potential applications, and pivotal considerations surrounding AI in higher education.

Our aim is to shed light on the rapidly evolving landscape of AI, its implications, and methodologies to mitigate risks. The insights drawn from this study will not only help institutions navigate the AI terrain but will also serve as a foundation for future educational strategies.

As a HESS member, participation is entirely complimentary. Furthermore, we’re delighted to share that the results will be made available to all HESS members.

Your perspective and experience are instrumental. By participating, you enrich the dataset, ensuring it truly captures the depth and diversity of AI’s role in our sector.

Join us in this endeavor and help shape the narrative around AI in higher education. Your contributions are invaluable.

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HESS Business Partner
First American Education Finance
Article / Announcement Title
First American at The HESS Consortium National Conference
Article / Announcement Abstract

The First American team is looking forward to connecting with HESS members this month at the HESS National Conference. Stop by our table to learn more about our capabilities and expertise in financing software & technology projects. You’ll also have a chance to enter to win a Yeti cooler!


First American Education Finance is a financial services company dedicated exclusively to serving Higher Education. For over 20 years, we’ve worked to develop custom financing solutions for more than 800 schools nationwide. Whether you’re looking to refresh your faculty & staff devices, or finance an ERP implementation, we will work with your institution to customize a program to meet your needs.


See you at the conference!

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HESS Business Partner
Granite Telecommunications
Article / Announcement Title
Granite EPIK Recognized for Industry Innovation for POTS Alternative Technology
Article / Announcement Abstract

QUINCY, Mass.March 17, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Granite Telecommunications, a $1.8 billion provider of communications and technology solutions to multi-location businesses and government agencies, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Granite EPIK as a recipient of a 2023 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.

Let’s talk about your landscape, lets run a complimentary analysis – and there are no costs involved and no obligation to commit. Please feel free to book time on my calendar via the Calendly link below:

  • https://www.calendly.com/granite-higher-education-solutions

 

 

 

HESS Business Partner
Strata Information Group
Article / Announcement Title
What is an Internal Penetration Test
Article / Announcement Abstract

What is an Internal Penetration Test?

An Internal Penetration Test is conducted from within your network. It mimics the perspective of an attacker that has already gained a foothold in your network. This can be a direct exploitation of a public facing system or via social engineering, or a malicious insider. This assessment uses a combination of automated and manual exploitation techniques. The goal is to determine what a bad actor can do at this point. An internal penetration test has similar goals to an external penetration test, but completely changes the perspective and assess different threat vectors.

Why do an Internal Penetration Test? How will it help your institution remain safe from cyber attacks? 

 

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HESS Business Partner
Drivestream
Article / Announcement Title
Oracle Student Financial Planning – A Comprehensive Guide
Article / Announcement Abstract

In the face of economic challenges, higher education institutions and students are struggling with financial aid complexities. Oracle has introduced the Oracle Student Financial Planning (SFP) module, a transformative tool that automates over 90% of the financial aid process. This module, part of Oracle Fusion Cloud Student, simplifies financial aid management, ensuring timely aid delivery and promoting responsible borrowing. It offers an intuitive interface for students, providing real-time updates and workflows for the entire financial aid journey. Key features include a student self-service application, institutional student information record processing, award/package automation, and a comprehensive analytics platform. Oracle SFP can function as a standalone solution, catering to various academic models. Drivestream, a leader in higher education solutions, champions the Oracle SFP tool for its ability to enhance student experiences and optimize institutional operations.

HESS Business Partner
Transact Campus
Article / Announcement Title
Introducing Transact Campus. Your go-to-source for next-generation campus Integrated Payments, Campus ID Solutions, and Campus Commerce Solutions.
Article / Announcement Abstract

Transact offers a highly configurable, mobile-centric campus technology ecosystem. Offerings range from integrated payment for tuition and fees to multi-purpose campus IDs that can be used for everything from door and event access to campus commerce for meal plans, mobile ordering, retail payments, and more.

Offering multiple implementations with a single point-of-contact allows for centralized, streamlined data, improved operational efficiencies, and reduced administration costs. Moreover, real-time data enables administrators to avoid costly mistakes use best practices depending on the situation at hand.

Transact solutions empower administrators to elevate the student experience and cultivate loyalty well past graduation, all while reducing complexity for students, families, and staff.

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HESS Business Partner
Brander Group Inc.
Article / Announcement Title
Signs of a Stable & Healthy IPv4 Market – October 2023
Article / Announcement Abstract

A healthy market, whether it’s a financial market, real estate market, or any other type of market, is characterized by certain signs and conditions that indicate stability, efficiency, and fairness.  The IPv4 market began in response to the exhaustion of a rare technology and a surge in client demand in 2015.

From the start, we saw an increase in IPv4 prices of around +20% per year, and then came the correction in Q4 of 2021.  After an 18-month roller coaster in the IPv4 industry, we can finally say that we are seeing signs of a healthy market from a demand standpoint.

In September 2023, there were 147 transfer requests, which is +3% higher than the average in 2023.  In addition to consistent demand with a stable market, the transfer requests are also +10% higher than last year’s average of 134 per month. With that said, we wanted to change things up in this month’s entry.  Here are some key signs of a healthy market, regardless of industry:

  1. Liquidity: A healthy market has sufficient trading volume and liquidity. It requires enough buyers and sellers, making it easy to transfer assets without significant price fluctuations.
  2. Transparency: Information about the assets being traded is readily available and accessible to all market participants.
  3. Price Stability: Prices in a healthy market tend to grow slowly over time. While some volatility is normal, extreme price swings can indicate instability.
  4. Fair Competition: A healthy market promotes fair competition. It ensures that no single entity or group has an unfair advantage over others.
  5. Regulatory Oversight: Effective regulation and oversight help maintain market integrity. Regulatory bodies ensure that market participants follow rules and ethical standards.
  6. Efficiency: Healthy markets efficiently allocate resources. Prices reflect the supply and demand for assets, helping to ensure that resources are used optimally.
  7. Low Bid-Ask Spread: The bid-ask spread is the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept. A healthy market has a relatively narrow bid-ask spread, ensuring that transactions can occur.
  8. Accessibility: A healthy market is accessible to a wide range of participants. It is not limited to a select few.
  9. Market Depth: Healthy markets have depth, meaning there are a significant number of buyers and sellers at different price levels.
  10. Price Discovery: Prices in a healthy market are determined by a healthy balance of supply and demand.
  11. Information Flow: Accurate and timely information flows freely within a healthy market.
  12. Economic Stability: A healthy market is often associated with broader economic stability. A stable macroeconomic environment can support market growth.
  13. Resilience: Healthy markets demonstrate resilience in the face of economic shocks or crises. They can absorb short-term shocks without experiencing severe disruptions.

It’s important to note that markets can evolve and change over time, and these signs of a healthy market may vary depending on the specific type of market and the prevailing economic and regulatory conditions.

HESS Business Partner
Moran Technology Consulting
Article / Announcement Title
HESS-ERP Replacement Support Toolkit Expanded with New Offerings
Article / Announcement Abstract

Moran Technology Consulting, Inc. (MTC), a HESS partner and premier higher education IT Management Consulting firm has recently updated its ERP Transformation Toolkit to support the HESS community on their ERP Transformation journeys.

Based on what we’ve seen in recent client engagements, market analysis, and HESS discussions, our refreshed HESS – ERP Replacement Support Toolkit offers the latest in ERP transformation services across management consulting, digital identity and security, data and analytics, organizational change management, and implementation project management and quality assurance. As a HESS partner, MTC offers exclusive pricing for Coalition and HESS members so that institutions can easily access support across the entire ERP transformation lifecycle. 

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