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 2,400 higher education institutions in 40 countries, develops software that integrates administrative and academic computing systems. Its products manage information about students, -- grading, finances, financial aid, and advancement -- and streamline 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.
Headquartered in Fairfax, Viginia, Ellucian serves education institutions in the Asia/Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. It has almost 10 offices in the US, two in Mexico, and one in each of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Ireland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, and the UK.
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. In 2013 Ellucian released an updated version of its software for mobile applications. Ellucian Mobile combines three administrative programs – Banner, Colleague, and PowerCampus – that can manage admissions, academic records, billing, financial aid, fundraising, and student information. It’s offered in four languages – English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Hellman & Friedman combined the two established brands into a new company to better compete with such competitors as Oracle, Campus Management, and Jenzabar.
In 2013 Ellucian bolstered its capabilities to help higher education take advantage of the strategic benefits of cloud computing. It launched a comprehensive set of cloud computing products and services including application hosting and management services, and a rapidly growing family of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2014 Ellucian acquired CampusIT, a provider of student management systems for higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland. The acquisition made Ellucian one of the largest providers of education products and services for higher, further, and vocational education in the UK and Ireland.
Ellucian's predecessor Datatel 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 bought Datatel.