Ellucian (formerly Datatel+SGHE) doesn't care if you're a Bruin (USC), a Longhorn (University of Texas), or a Hurricane (University of Miami), as long as you've got data that needs managing. The company, which serves higher education institutions in North America, develops software that integrates administrative and academic computing systems. Its products manage information about students, -- grading, finances, financial aid, and advancement -- and it streamlines such processes as enterprise resource planning, IT, e-recruitment, and alumni communications. The company took its current form when owner Hellman & Friedman combined it with SunGard Higher Education (SGHE) in 2012.
The private equity investor acquired rival SunGard Higher Education from SunGard Data Systems for about $1.7 billion in 2012. SunGard Higher Education served public universities, such as the University of New Mexico and Texas State University; private colleges, such as Dartmouth and the Sorbonne; and other institutions, including the Tennessee Board of Regents. It had customers in about 40 countries and operates from offices in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Hellman & Friedman is combining the two established brands into a new company to better compete with such competitors as Oracle, Campus Management, and Jenzabar.
Ellucian's focus on providing software to colleges and universities has enabled it to differentiate itself from competitors in a crowded marketplace. Clients have included Marywood University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and The John Marshall Law School. The company's long-term clients include Juilliard, Washington and Lee University, and Barnard College.
New product innovations in recent years have included expanding its product capabilities to work with mobile devices, as well as adding new tools for recruiting and for sending emergency messages across entire campuses.
Ellucian's predecessor was founded in 1968 by Ken Kendrick and Tom Davidson; they sold the company in 2005 to members of their executive team (backed by Thoma Cressey and Trident Capital). The company changed hands again in 2009 when Hellman & Friedman purchased the company, along with JMI Equity Fund and predecessor Datatel executives and employees.
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