BLOOMINGTON, IN - September 18, 2013 -- Kuali Days, the annual conference put on by the Kuali Foundation for the higher education community, will take place in San Diego, Nov. 18 to 21. The early registration numbers indicate strong potential attendance.
This annual event, now in its ninth year, brings together nearly one thousand evaluators, adopters, users, and developers of the Kuali platform to learn, discuss, and connect on ways to reduce costs, streamline business processes, and improve CAMPUS administration through the use of Kuali community built, open source software solutions.
"Kuali is a community that is designing, developing and supporting great open source software by higher education, for higher education. Kuali Days is the open event where anyone can find out what has been developed and how it is being used, and is the primary event where interested members of the higher education community gather to actively collaborate in the creation of a better future for enterprise software for colleges and universities of all sizes and types," said David Lassner, Interim President of University of Hawaii, and a founding Kuali Foundation board member.
The Kuali community provides enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for higher education, making it available free of license fees to all of higher education, collectively saving higher education hundreds of millions in ERP costs every year. Thousands of users at colleges and universities large and small are currently using Kuali administrative software.
Kuali offers eight major software systems for financial management, research / grants administration, student services, human resources / payroll, library management, business continuity, middleware / workflow, and enterprise mobility.
"We are all struggling to both reduce the cost of education and invest in innovation in teaching, learning, and research," said Eric Denna, CIO, University of Utah and Utah System of Higher Education. "Unlike a decade ago, we don't have the money to invest tens of millions of dollars in new administrative systems. Fortunately, we now have options because of the Kuali community. It is exciting to be engaged in a community that is determined to reduce the cost of administrative systems by sharing knowledge about the best practices in administrative processes and the software to support the best practices. Kuali Days is our premier community event when we gather to share what we are learning and what we have produced."
The four-day Kuali Days event offers over a hundred sessions ranging from a basic introduction and overview of what Kuali is and what it can do, to deep dive into its specific functionalities as well as new and emerging features. The conference will include a Newcomer's Session for first-time attendees as well as workshops for users interested in each component of the Kuali suite.
For more information about the sessions please visit the online program.
"It has been an exciting journey to be a part of the Kuali movement and see its positive impact on higher ed," says Randy Ozden, President and CEO of Vivantech, a leading Kuali commercial affiliate, and the Platinum Sponsor of this year's conference. "Perhaps Kuali's greatest goal is to help institutions as they face increased pressure and tighter resources by allowing them the opportunity to focus more on their mission to continue to deliver excellence in teaching and research. Kuali Days, now a much-anticipated annual event, is a prime opportunity to collaborate and further expand on helping institutions."
As traditional ERP models continue to cost institutions millions, the non-profit Kuali community is committed to providing sustainable, license free, open source solutions that allow schools to keep their money in their mission.
Kuali includes a vibrant community of 10 Kuali Commercial Affiliates (KCAs), vendors that provide an ecosystem of services to help deliver and support Kuali software at institutions. To see the full list of KCAs, click here.
About The Kuali Foundation
The Kuali Foundation offers open source administrative software built by higher education, for higher education. Seventy member organizations from around the world build Kuali software including 8 major software systems for financial management, research / grants administration, student services, human resources / payroll, library management, business continuity, middleware / workflow, and enterprise mobility. The Kuali community is committed to providing sustainable, license free, open source software that helps schools keep their money for their mission by significantly reducing administrative costs. Thousands of users at dozens of colleges and universities, large and small, currently use Kuali administrative software.
For more information or to register for Kuali Days, please visit, www.kuali.org/kd/2013. For more information on The Kuali Foundation, please visit www.kuali.org.