Unit4, a world leader in enterprise systems for higher education, has announced that Relay Graduate School of Education implemented Unit4 Business World ERP running on the Microsoft Azure platform to consolidate and streamline business operations across multiple campuses.

The end-to-end solution replaces multiple legacy systems, creating a simpler, more intuitive workflow that saves time and improves processes across all departments.

Headquartered in New York City and with 18 campuses across the U.S., Relay Graduate School of Education is dedicated to teaching teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. The institution operates 18 campuses across the country, reaching nearly 5,000 educators. Relay’s approach to teacher preparation and its dedication to partnerships with local public schools has led to rapid growth over the past two years, with expanded online learning programs and the opening of nine new campuses since 2016.

 “Unit4 Business World is a cloud-first solution, and we love that the platform provides a complete and holistic view of activities across all our departments and campuses,” said Edmund O’Neill, Senior Director of Technology at Relay Graduate School of Education. “Immediately when I log in via our institutional single sign-on, being able to bounce from check requests, to paid time off balances, to expense reports helps save me time and brain space. As someone who loves data, I can’t overstate how much of a gamechanger Unit4’s detailed, yet usable format is for pulling reports and analyses compared to the multiple, siloed solutions we relied on before.”

Unit4 Business World provides Relay’s faculty and staff with a single, standalone ERP platform that simplifies work-related tasks through a unified and user-friendly interface. All Relay employees use the platform to perform business-related tasks, such as completing financial and budget information, filling out purchase and expense reports, and requesting time off. Since launch, Relay faculty and staff have cited significant time savings from Business World. Additionally, as a hosted cloud solution, Relay benefits from minimal time spent on IT and infrastructure, freeing up resources to focus on business-related goals and initiatives.

“Relay’s forward-thinking approach to academics and its unique vision for teacher preparation has always been at the heart of the institution,” said Jeremy Roche, chief product officer at Unit4. “With a modern, cloud-hosted enterprise solution, this innovative institution is further elevating its ability to deliver a seamless educational experience, helping shape tomorrow’s educators.”

Relay is also deploying Unit4 Student Management, which will modernise, academics, financial aid, and analytics, all previously managed across a variety of systems. Additionally, the platform will improve communications with both teachers and alumni of the institution.

About Relay Graduate School of Education: The Relay Graduate School of Education is a national, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education whose mission is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Now serving over 3,500 teachers in 18 cities and more than 1,200 leaders nationwide, Relay is eager to bring about transformational change in educator preparation. Relay is committed to using practice and feedback to become the place where a new generation of continuously improving, results-focused individuals can fulfill their destiny in the world’s greatest profession. 

About Unit4 in Higher Education: Unit4 is in business for people. We’ve specialised in software for service organisations since the early 1980s. Today, we build the smartest enterprise applications on the planet. Our technology is central to the organisations we serve – it improves efficiency and productivity and allows people to spend more time on meaningful work. Using the latest AI, machine learning and digital technologies, our customers can make more sense of business-critical data than ever before. We provide ERP, performance management and student information systems to over 1000 colleges and universities globally to help them accelerate growth, boost student success, and improve institutional effectiveness. Clients include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, HEC Paris, University of Waterloo, American University of Paris, Manchester Metropolitan University, Robert Morris University, Baylor College of Medicine, Hult International, and University of Dubai.

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