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.
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.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private equity investor Hellman & Friedman acquired rival SunGard Higher Education from SunGard Data Systems for about $1.7 billion in 2012. SunGard Higher Education served public universities, private colleges, and other institutions. It had customers in about 40 countries and operated from offices in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
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.
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