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March 29, 2012

Datatel and SunGard Higher Education Merger Rechristened to Ellucian

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Earlier this year, Hellman & Friedman, Datatel+SGHE, and SunGard Data Systems together had announced merging the businesses of Datatel and SunGard Higher Education to form a new company that would help institutions succeed in changing education environment. During this announcement, the organizations had reported that the new company would have a new name in the first half of 2012.

The new company, until recently called Datatel+SGHE, has been rechristened to Ellucian, reported a press release.

Facilitating education institutions to thrive in a dynamic world, Ellucian delivers a broad portfolio of technology solutions that have been developed in collaboration with a global education community. Ellucian provides strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, attain greater transparency, and increase efficiencies.

According to John F. Speer, president and CEO of Ellucian, the new company is much more than two companies coming together, because it embodies both the companies’ focus on helping education institutions thrive in an increasingly dynamic world.

Speer added, “The Ellucian brand represents innovative solutions developed in collaboration with a global education community. It stands for providing solutions and sound, strategic guidance to help institutions navigate change, achieve greater transparency and drive efficiencies. And it reflects our unique ability and responsibility to work with our client community to discover new ideas and insights that will help move education forward.”

Offering a broader solution portfolio to give clients more choices and capabilities to address their evolving needs, Ellucian accelerates innovation with an expanded pool of research and development resources and community contributions to deliver the solutions clients need now and in the future, faster and more efficiently.

In addition, Ellucian cultivates the collective intelligence of a global client community to benefit all its members, such as 2,300 colleges, universities, foundations and state systems in 40 countries.

“Ellucian evokes the clarity and light that learning brings to life, aspects that we aspire to share in our relationships with institutions of higher, further and vocational education around the world,” said Michelle Reed, chief marketing officer at Ellucian, in a statement. “We are a passionate team, motivated by the possibilities of technology and education. The Ellucian brand amplifies who we are and what we want to be for our clients.”

In recent news, Datatel+SGHE - now Ellucian - and Blackboard (News - Alert) Inc. had announced a strategic partnership to integrate Colleague with Blackboard Learn 9.1 through Ellucian’s Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP). With the help of this collaboration, institutions are able to manage information from their administrative and academic systems to improve the overall learning experience.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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