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San Diego Unified School District Selects Oracle to Transform Internal Financial Controls and Processes


Oracle Insight Helps School District Analyze Existing Systems and Identify Critical Needs.

Redwood Shores, CA.-San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), the second largest district in California, and eighth largest urban district in the United States, worked with the Oracle Insight Program to complete an assessment of its IT systems and infrastructure, which led the school district to select a series of Oracle® business intelligence and supply chain applications to meet its needs for increased financial controls and streamlined procurement processes.
Through Oracle Insight, SDUSD was able to work closely with Oracle business and IT strategy experts to identify its key objectives and understand how technology can help address its challenges. The Insight program analyzed SDUSD’s existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, as well as its IT infrastructure and governance structure, and developed a pragmatic and thoughtful roadmap for implementation.
Based on Oracle Insight recommendations, SDUSD will implement Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications to improve and restructure the district’s internal financial controls and processes. Additionally, to streamline procurement processes, reduce administrative burdens and reduce overall spend, the district will implement Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise eSettlements, PeopleSoft Enterprise Supplier Contract Management and PeopleSoft Enterprise eSupplier Connection.
With OBIEE and Oracle BI Applications, the district hopes to establish a better ERP process, as well as improve visibility and access to key data (i.e. student metrics related to attendance and enrollment) for better management and executive level decision-making. Further, with its PeopleSoft Enterprise applications, the district plans to centralize procurement and add advanced procurement capabilities, ultimately reducing spending on goods and services, streamlining procure-to-pay processes and driving policy compliance.
A long-term Oracle customer, SDUSD already utilizes Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management, including PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll for North America, to help ensure that the district’s payroll is accurate, on time and processed efficiently for more than 15,000 employees. The district also uses PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management and PeopleSoft Enterprise Services Procurement applications to improve visibility into financial data and streamline the procurement of goods and services.
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“By analyzing our existing internal financial controls and processes against industry best practices, Oracle Insight, with its high caliber professionals, helped us to determine the best and most efficient ways to improve our internal processes. With our selection of the Oracle tools, we hope to establish better controls, reduce our overall spending and enhance visibility into key student data. The process itself was very valuable, but more importantly the information we received once we completed the process has been invaluable,” said James Masias, chief financial officer, San Diego Unified School District.
“Oracle Insight has helped thousands of customers align their business strategies with enabling technology. San Diego Unified School District found the Insight engagement very helpful in its decision to select Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to improve financial reporting and provide employees at each level of the district with information optimized for their unique role,” said Mark Johnson, senior vice president, Oracle Public Sector.


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