Jasper on track at Waikato Uni

Waikato University's Jasper student enrolment system handled the demands of summer school with fewer staff than in the past and with faster turnaround.

Waikato University’s Jasper student enrolment system handled the demands of summer school with fewer staff than in the past and with faster turnaround.

Jasper has had several functionality and process improvements since it went live a year ago. The system, which replaced the Sears student management system the university had used for 12 years, is performing to expectations as the university prepares for its first semester next month, says IT services director Derek Postlewaight.

Things have been “boring and quiet” in terms of IT processing over the past 12 months. “And I like quiet.”

Jasper was sold to the university by Jade for a figure Postlewaight last year told Computerworld would “leave change out of $5 million”. He says last year’s staff cutbacks at Jade haven’t affected its ability to support Jasper.

"A couple of people we dealt with at Jade changed, but the level of support continued and there was no impact on either the project or operations.” Jasper beat several other contenders to replace Sears, including PeopleSoft.

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