Athens, GA.— The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that it has joined the Kuali Foundation (http://kuali.org), a non-profit organization that supports the development of open-source software for the higher education community. Kuali Foundation Community Members pool resources to develop and sustain many of the software systems needed for higher education.
In addition to joining the Kuali Foundation, UGA is planning a Kuali Rice implementation. Kuali Rice, the middleware product upon which Kuali applications are built, can also be used as a stand-alone platform for application development. Using Rice, developers are able to build robust systems with common enterprise workflow functionality, customizable and configurable user interfaces with a clean and universal look and feel, and general notification features to allow for a consolidated list of work "action items." All of this adds up to a re-usable development framework that encourages a simplified approach to developing true business functionality as modular applications.
According to Timothy Chester, VP for Information Technology, "The Kuali Foundation has provided us with a nice set of workflow tools, that we have evaluated along with several other vendor based, proprietary products. We have found that the Kuali Rice tools fit our needs quite nicely, while also allowing us to keep our costs for software as low as possible."
Tim Burgess, Sr. Vice President for Finance and Administration, added, "We continually look for ways to be increasingly innovative and to operate more efficiently, especially since the ability to streamline business processes and reduce administrative burden enables us to focus more time, effort and resources on our academic missions. Using the Kuali Rice tools, we are planning to implement several such enhancements to workflow activities and will immediately use Kuali Rice to transition paper processes to electronic work-flow and to re-engineer existing electronic processes."
What is Kuali?
Kuali is a growing community of universities, colleges, businesses, and other organizations partnering to build and sustain open-source software for higher education, by higher education. Kuali software is designed for all sizes of institutions, from land-grant research universities to community colleges. The members of the Kuali Community share a common vision - open, modular, and distributed systems. Kuali software is released under the Educational Community License and is available to anyone for any use or modification WITHOUT a fee.
How to Become a Member
Kuali Membership is the means for any college, university, commercial, and other not-for-profit organization to get involved in sustaining and evolving the Kuali software. Kuali membership dues pay for staff and resources to oversee the Foundation and projects current and future.