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January 26, 2010

iStrategy Solutions Customer UMBC Named 2009 Ventana Research Customer Leadership Award Winner

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Michael Urbonas
Director of Product Marketing
iStrategy Solutions

Eleanor Lewis
Senior Director, Communications

OWINGS MILLS, MD – January 15, 2010 - iStrategy Solutions ("iStrategy"), the leading provider of higher education analytic reporting and data warehouse solutions, announced that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was recently honored as the 2009 Ventana Research Customer Leadership Award Winner.

The Ventana Research team of global research experts annually honors organizations that have successfully integrated people, process, information and technology to significantly improve organizational performance. UMBC was recognized for its effective utilization of the iStrategy HigherEd Analytics Student Module to enable a culture of informed, data-driven decision making across the university, resulting in improved student outcomes, effectively managed course capacities, optimized student recruitment expenditures and more.

In honoring UMBC's success with the iStrategy HigherEd Student Analytics Module, Ventana Research President Mark Smith called particular attention to recent remarks by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC. "While [many online retailers] use analytics to predict what books customers will want to purchase, too few institutions are analyzing data about our students to predict the likelihood of their success," Dr. Freeman Hrabowski said. "(That's why) we are so excited about iStrategy...I can ask a number of different questions in just a few
minutes and get all the answers myself…We can now take our analysis to a
whole new level."

"UMBC is a great example of a successful higher education institution living the ideals promoted by Ventana Research: active leadership in bringing together people, process, information and technology," said Mark Max, CEO of iStrategy Solutions. "UMBC's success is strong evidence that an institutional culture that embraces fact-based decision making, combined with the widespread adoption of effective analytic reporting capabilities, will help achieve significant institutional improvements in student outcomes, enrollment management objectives, financial and HR management, advancement and much more."

To learn more about the successful use of higher education data analytics, reporting, dashboards and more to improve institutional performance by UMBC and other award-winning colleges and universities, please visit

About iStrategy Solutions
Founded in 1999, iStrategy is the leading developer of pre-packaged data warehouse application and analytics software exclusively for higher education institutions. The iStrategy HigherEd Analytics Suite integrates out-of-the-box with Banner, PeopleSoft, and Datatel ERP systems, providing executives, managers and staff with self-service reporting, dashboards, business intelligence and more. iStrategy enables timely, data-driven decision making to improve institutional performance in student recruiting and retention; enrollment and financial aid management; budgeting, finance, human resources management, advancement and much more. The privately held firm is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland. Please learn more about the company and the success of its customers at

Posted by elewis at January 26, 2010 9:12 AM