Tambellini Group 2009 SIS Market Report Reveals Trends and Leaders

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The Tambellini Group (TTG) has just published a new research report: “Student Information Systems U.S. Higher Education Market Share, Insights and Trends: 2004-2008.” In the paper, TTG analyzes and reveals data on SIS purchases made by US higher education institutions over a 5-year period. The report focuses on top-tier vendors Campus Management, Datatel, Jenzabar, Oracle, SAP, and SunGard Higher Education, which emerged as the market leader. The report is available for purchase at edu1world.org.

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Student Information Systems U.S. Higher Education Market Share, Insights and Trends: 2004-2008.

The Tambellini Group (TTG), a consultancy providing market insights to higher education technology vendors and decision makers, has published a new research report: “Student Information Systems U.S. Higher Education Market Share, Insights and Trends: 2004-2008.” Student Information Systems include capabilities for admissions, financial aid, student billing, registration, grades, transcripts, academic advising, and student services.

In the paper, TTG analyzes and reveals data on Student Information Systems (SIS) purchases made by US higher education institutions over a 5-year period. The report focuses on the top-tier vendors contracted by institutions between 2004 and 2008. The data is broken out by both institution size and institution type and shows which vendors captured which segments of the market across the 5-year span and in 2008 alone.

According to the report, “Between 2004 and 2008, approximately 777 U.S. higher education institutions, defined as individual campuses, selected a new SIS from a top-tier higher education software vendor. The Tambellini Group tracks 7,986 U.S. higher education institutions. The data indicates that between 2004 and 2008, nearly 10% of U.S. higher education institutions selected a new SIS. The top-tier vendors analyzed were Campus Management, Datatel, Jenzabar, Oracle, SAP and SunGard Higher Education.”

Says TTG President Vicki Tambellini, “In 2008, the market leader, SunGard Higher Education won 37% of the SIS institution selections with its Banner product. Despite strong competition, the data shows that between 2004 and 2008, SunGard Higher Education held the leading position for the aggregate of the 5 years. Another notable data point was Jenzabar, which moved up to capture 35% of the private not-for-profit, 4-year or above market in 2008. They are clearly doing a great job of up selling, servicing and supporting their existing customers.”

According to Tambellini, SIS systems are expensive and she believes that universities will be looking to maintain their current systems in the coming years, adding applications that work with and enhance what they already have.

Verified higher education software vendor market share and market trend data of this magnitude is hard to come by. While technology surveys exist, TTG is uniquely proactive in their approach. They do not merely rely on self-reporting. The data is compiled by TTG researchers who proactively track and verify technology purchases made by higher education institutions throughout the US and globally. TTG researchers use proprietary research methods that include a lot of “digging.”

Since 2001, The Tambellini Group (formerly Synergy3) has been gathering publicly available data on student information system selections from a variety of sources including press releases, institution materials, news articles, and vendor case studies. In 2009, TTG entered into an alliance with Datatel, which provides additional research data. Whenever possible, multiple data sources are used to verify the data. The TTG Higher Education Technology Profile Database now includes data on over 4,600 institutions, tracks information for over 80 data fields, and lists more than 23,000 technology products and vendors.

TTG reports on technology purchase decisions with signed contracts, whether or not fully implemented. This allows for clear comparative data year over year.

The TTG Higher Education Technology Profile Database is currently available on edu1world.org where registered members can search the data. Higher education institution employees receive free edu1world membership, and vendors pay a nominal fee for services, including access to the database. Institutions and vendors can order custom reports from TTG when looking for comparative data.

The full report -- “Student Information Systems: U.S. Higher Education Market Share, Insights and Trends: 2004-2008” -- is available on edu1world.org for $1,500 for full-time higher education employees and $2,500 for non-higher education employees. To purchase the report please contact kim.collins@thetambellinigroup.com or go to edu1world.org. All licensed users of the report will be eligible to participate in a webinar to be held on February 19th where the results and implications of the report will be presented by Vicki Tambellini.

For more information about the report, The Tambellini Group, or edu1world, please contact Vicki Tambellini.

About The Tambellini Group

The Tambellini Group is a consultancy providing trusted market insights through innovative tools, high-quality research and industry expertise that minimizes the risks associated with technology purchase decisions, improves vendor-customer relationships, and enables breakthrough results for decision makers who work in or serve the education, government and not-for-profit markets. The Tambellini Group, founded and led by Vicki Tambellini, is headquartered in Irvington, Virginia.

Edu1world LLC, a project of The Tambellini Group, is a Web 2.0 resource and expert network exclusively for higher education CIO’s, professionals, faculty, associations, and vendors who develop, support and work with technology solutions. It is a community where members from around the world share lessons learned, research best practices and vendor solutions, learn about technology trends, and access the expert content they need to succeed. The edu1world mission is to deliver a state of the art web 2.0 SaaS application that builds transparency between technology vendors and educational institutions and unites the vendor community with the education industry for the benefit of all.

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