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Technical Strategy

Across the 23 campuses in the CSU system and a federated CIO organizational structure, the Chancellor’s Office is responsible for the school's ERP system and its performance, reliability and security in support of over 485,000 students, nearly 56,000 faculty and staff, hundreds of buildings, and dozens of off-campus sites.

CSU runs one of the largest Oracle/PeopleSoft implementations in the world. Unisys transformed it from an on-premises, CapEx-intensive infrastructure to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Building on that core cloud ERP platform, Unisys expanded CSU’s application portfolio to support additional services for the campuses. With support from Unisys, CSU can better deliver educational services, provide access to data, and integrate securely with campus initiatives to facilitate innovation for each campus and its student experience.

A hybrid-cloud supporting campus-specific applications

Graduation rates up 60% since 2019

“Each campus has a unique profile and individual approach to student engagement,” said Rudy Gonzalez, Unisys CSU Program Director. “For example, San Diego State’s approach differs from Fresno State and is unlike Los Angeles. Therefore, we are pleased to partner with the CSU Office of the Chancellor to support the digital strategies at each campus by enabling a hybrid-cloud architecture strategy and providing better data delivery, access, and integration.”

“Unisys has enabled us to think bigger, do work differently, and achieve a bigger vision faster.” said Mike Berman, Chief Information Officer for the CSU system. “In all our interactions, I have been comfortable that Unisys understands our critical success factors and how to right-source our solution so that we can transform on our terms. Today we continue to choose Unisys not only because they deliver on their services and commitments, but they also continue to listen to our needs and suggest cost-effective, innovative solutions that meet us where we are.”

A resilient solution

The COVID-19 pandemic and CSU’s shift to more online teaching and learning turned the school’s focus to the cloud, cloud security, and mobile student experiences. After transitioning to remote learning, CSU ranks among the largest online universities in the world, and graduation rates have risen from approximately 40% to over 60% since 2019. The cloud is key to CSU’s strategy to connect students with available resources easily and efficiently.

Unisys deployed its Cloud and Infrastructure solutions to deliver a secure hybrid-cloud infrastructure leveraging the AWS Cloud. The solution included: using the Morpheus Cloud Management Platform to integrate and orchestrate on-premises and cloud services; using Ansible and Jenkins for infrastructure automation; leveraging the Delphix data management platform to virtualize data and make it more portable; integrating the Securonix SIEM platform to increase the security posture; with ServiceNow for service management and Advanced Analytics in AWS data lakes.

Unisys does cloud really well. From strategy through implementation, operations and optimization, our goal is to make cloud adoption and modernization easier and more secure.

Unisys has enabled us to think bigger, do work differently, and achieve a bigger vision faster. In all our interactions, I have been comfortable that Unisys understands our critical success factors and how to right-source our solution so that we can transform on our terms.
Mike Berman

Chief Information Officer for the CSU system

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