Stanford Base Case

By Deborah Gage  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print

Stanford Base Case

Headquarters: Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: (650) 723-2300

Business/Purpose: Teaching and research

Size: 6,654 undergraduate, 7,800 graduate students enrolled in 2003

Chief Information Officer: Chris Handley

Challenges: Replace a mainframe system with Oracle software for financial applications and PeopleSoft for human-resources applications.

Baseline Goals:

  • Finish adapting financial systems to Oracle software by September, after five-year delay.

  • Maintain quality of information system operations, amid budget cuts of 5% to 10% per year.

  • Cut annual software ownership costs, which run up to 18% of purchase price, by outsourcing and thus licensing fewer modules.

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    Based in Silicon Valley, Debbie was a founding member of Ziff Davis Media's Sm@rt Partner, where she developed investigative projects and wrote a column on start-ups. She has covered the high-tech industry since 1994 and has also worked for Minnesota Public Radio, covering state politics. She has written freelance op-ed pieces on public education for the San Jose Mercury News, and has also won several national awards for her work co-producing a documentary. She has a B.A. from Minnesota State University.


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