University of San Francisco Moves to the Cloud with Ellucian

Jesuit university selects proven, cloud-based solution to drive innovation and keep pace with an increasingly complex security landscape

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ellucian, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced that the University of San Francisco (USF), a premier Jesuit university, has elected to move Ellucian Banner to the cloud. Banner cloud will allow the institution to focus on innovation and digital transformation while taking advantage of increased security and disaster recovery.

To better support its large population of national and international students, USF began the process of overhauling all its software systems, including its student information systems to address the ever-increasing demand for an improved and secure digital experience.

“We were working on a tight timeline to upgrade our on-premise server farm and encrypt our student data; Ellucian quickly helped us determine that moving Banner to the cloud would not only help us to address our data defense needs but would also be easier to maintain and increase our disaster recovery and business continuity posture,” said University of San Francisco Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Opinder Bawa. “Ellucian’s focus on higher education and record of successful Banner cloud implementations weighed heavily into our decision. We look forward to working with Ellucian to help keep student data secure and accessible.”

University of San Francisco will be supported by an agile and high-performing cloud platform, managed and maintained by Ellucian, allowing for easy access to the most current application features. The managed cloud delivery model enhances scalability and data security, while reducing the need for supplementary spending on back-end infrastructure for disaster recovery. By relying on Ellucian for these services, the USF staff will be empowered to shift their focus to more valuable business process improvements and student-centered activities on campus.

“The three critical factors that drove USF to move to cloud––easier maintenance, data security and business continuity––will be increasingly important to institutions in the coming years. Cloud technology is poised to address these priorities while creating IT efficiencies that allow for greater focus on strategic initiatives and driving innovation,” said Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen. “I look forward to a strong partnership with USF as we set their cloud transformation in motion and help to create a great experience for both students and staff.”

About Ellucian

Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in 50+ countries—enhancing the operations of institutions and enriching the experience for nearly 20 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With a full suite of cloud ready solutions, Ellucian provides institutions with the choice and flexibility in how, what and when they deploy solutions in the cloud. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. Founded in 1855, USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit


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