MALVERN, Pa. and BOSTON, March 9, 2009 — SunGard Higher Education and Experian QAS have expanded their relationship and product integration to help higher education advancement offices improve data entry efficiency, mail delivery rates, and communication with alumni and other constituents.
“Accurate data is an absolutely critical component for a successful advancement office,” said Bruce Downsbrough, assistant vice president, Advancement Services at The University of Tennessee. “QAS helps us control consistent data entry standards at every data entry point across the 400 miles and 2 time zones of the multi-campus University of Tennessee system. That consistency helps strengthen the data integrity in our SunGard Higher Education Advance system and also helps us comply with U.S. Postal Service and University style book standards for more effective campaigns.”
Experian QAS already offers integration with SunGard Higher Education’s Banner administrative system and Banner Advancement system. Integration has been extended to SunGard Higher Education’s Advance constituent management software system. QAS Pro Web is now available as a fully integrated solution for Advance Web 9.3 to make address data entry faster and more accurate with fewer keystrokes. The new Advance version also includes integration with Microsoft® Outlook® to help support remote and traveling staff members.
The QAS Pro Web integration with Advance automatically verifies address data submitted to Advance as part of the standard address entry or update workflow. This mechanism prevents errors from entering advancement databases, increasing the usefulness and reliability of constituent data while also enhancing the ability to communicate effectively with constituents and helping reduce undeliverable mail.
“Experian QAS is pleased to work closely with SunGard Higher Education’s technology team to provide this turnkey integration,” said Chris Williams, vice president of client and technical services, Experian QAS. “Verifying address data in real-time as it is captured allows advancement groups to have confidence in the quality of data they are using in fundraising and other alumni outreach and can help deliver substantial cost savings. Our new integrated solution makes this verification nearly effortless for the Advance Web community.”
“Customers expect SunGard Higher Education to help them continually improve the efficiency of their operations while also giving them the tools to more fully engage with their constituents,” said Fred Weiss, executive vice president, advancement solutions, SunGard Higher Education. “In this economic environment it is more important than ever to have effective and efficient fundraising and alumni relations programs.”
About Experian QAS
Experian QAS is an address data quality software pioneer. The company's products capture, validate, cleanse, standardize and enrich customer contact information. Experian QAS provides data validation software and services to more than 10,000 customers worldwide in retail, education, health care, insurance, finance, government and other sectors. The company was established in 1990 and has offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit www.qas.com.
Experian is a global leader in providing information, analytical and marketing services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions.
Combining its unique information tools and deep understanding of individuals, markets and economies, Experian partners with organizations around the world to establish and strengthen customer relationships and provide their businesses with competitive advantage.
For consumers, Experian delivers critical information that enables them to make financial and purchasing decisions with greater control and confidence. Clients include organizations from financial services, retail and catalog, telecommunications, utilities, media, insurance, automotive, leisure, e-commerce, manufacturing, property and government sectors.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Experian has corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and has operational headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Nottingham, UK. The Group employs approximately 15,500 people in 38 countries worldwide, supporting clients in more than 65 countries around the world. Continuing sales for the year ended March 31, 2008, were in excess of $4 billion. For more information, visit www.experianplc.com.
About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software, systems integration, strategic consulting and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 colleges, universities, campuses, foundations and state systems strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability and better educational experiences. Visit www.sungardhe.com.
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries, including the world’s 25 largest financial services companies.
SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.
With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 472 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented five times. For more information, please visit SunGard at www.sungard.com.
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