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Jenzabar Provides Baker College With an Innovative Solution for Long-Term Success

Jenzabar, Inc., a leading provider of software, services and strategies for higher education, announced today that Baker College System, the largest independent college in Michigan, selected Jenzabar’s SaaS-based ERP offering and Managed Services.

With over 35,000 students, the Baker College System is a non-profit institution offering more than 150 programs at 17 campus locations as well as an online program and a College of Graduate Studies. Baker College was using a legacy system that was developed in-house. The College found it difficult to dedicate the resources needed to develop value-added functionality. As a result, Baker College was seeking an alternate ERP solution that would provide an enhanced feature set, more robust functionality, true mobility, retention tools, and business intelligence technologies to help make data-driven decisions.

One of the school’s primary objectives is to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and regulations. Moving to a fully hosted system became a major branding initiative for Baker College that was called Baker Expedition, Exploring Enterprise Resource Possibilities. The essence of the project was to explore and identify an IT solution that would carry the College far into the future, and establish a long-term business relationship with a provider that would focus on Baker’s success.

“We selected Jenzabar for several reasons,” said Jacqui Spicer, CIO and Vice President for Information Technology at Baker College.  “One of them is because of the people at Jenzabar. We wanted a true business partner and it was apparent to our institution that Jenzabar would get in the trenches with us to ensure that our implementation was a success.”

Baker’s criteria involved finding a product that offered a hosted or SaaS solution.  Jenzabar’s SaaS solution allows the IT team to focus on critical activities while providing constituents with state-of-the-art services and solutions. Jenzabar JX, the next generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, was built from the ground up with the latest technology. Offered as a SaaS-based solution, Jenzabar JX provides an innovative product and services suite that will tackle the growing demands of Baker College’s constituents today and beyond.

“To host or not to host is no longer a question in today’s IT landscape. The future of IT will focus on managing services and providing innovative solutions,” said Spicer. “The Jenzabar JX product is modern and innovative. Jenzabar is dedicated to enhancing the product and truly listens to their customer base to deliver products and services that customers truly want.”

“Baker had a specific IT model in mind that would meet their long-term business goals,” said Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Jenzabar Chairman and CEO. “Our team did a deep analysis of Baker’s business plan and presented a solution that was best suited for the institution. The Jenzabar JX ERP system combined with the SaaS model met all of their criteria, and fit Baker’s business strategy and vision for the future.”