SunGard SCT Announces Enhanced SCT Luminis Portal, Communication, and Collaboration Technologies

August 19, 2004

MALVERN, Pa., August 18, 2004 — SunGard SCT, an operating unit of SunGard (NYSE:SDS), today announced general availability of the SCT Luminis Platform III.2, the latest evolution of one of the most widely implemented portal products in higher education. The portal, infrastructure and enterprise application suite help institutions bring information, services, and communities together in a unified digital campus, and create a more personalized campus experience.

“The SCT Luminis Platform III helps us give students, faculty and staff quick, easy access to the vast services and information available at Plymouth State University. It is single sign-on to our campus world,” said Dwight Fischer, CIO, Plymouth State University. “In addition to integrating our SCT Banner student services, WebCT course management and a host of related information systems, we now have the foundation to build communications and views targeting specific audiences with individualized services and support.”

The SCT Luminis Platform III provides the technology and common software services that help campus constituents accomplish their goals and become more involved in the education experience. It is an essential component of the larger SCT Luminis product family, which unites academics, administration, and community life into a single network of people and services. Based on open standards, the SCT Luminis Platform III effectively integrates and delivers all of these critical components, giving institutions more flexibility in extending the life of their existing systems and incorporating future technologies.

“The Platform III.2 version provides the administrative control enhancements that our clients have requested, including new HP platform, Sun messaging, and Yale CAS single sign-on options,” said David Murray, vice president of SCT Luminis solutions. “The SCT Luminis Platform provides flexibility and integration capabilities that allow institutions to make their own choices regarding the systems and applications that best serve their constituents.”

The SCT Luminis Platform III is the result of four years of development, implementation of Campus Pipeline and Luminis technologies at more than 250 institutions, involvement in the JA-SIG uPortal open source community, partnership with industry leaders such as Sun Microsystems, and feedback from the SunGard SCT Pillar Institutions.

Key benefits of the SCT Luminis Platform III include extending the value of institutional resources, helping improve productivity, fostering community, and strengthening institutional branding. Enhancements in version III.2 include:

  • HP-UX OS certification for institutions using hardware from Hewlett Packard;
  • Sun Java Enterprise System Messaging Express Integration, providing another choice in email client;
  • Group and Course Studio enhancements that present greater collaboration and communication capabilities; and
  • Support for Yale CAS single sign-on protocol as an additional choice in selecting the appropriate protocol to meet an institution’s unique needs.

In addition to SCT Luminis Platform III.2, suites offered within the SCT Luminis product family include: the SCT Luminis Content Management Suite, for creating and managing internal and external Web sites and digital resources; and the SCT Luminis Data Integration Suite, which facilitates the unification of portals, applications and databases into a unified, interoperable information and service resource.

About Plymouth State University
Plymouth State University is a coeducational, residential university with an enrollment of approximately 3,800 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students. Plymouth State was founded in 1871 and over the years has expanded to 170 acres and forty-six buildings.

About SunGard SCT
SunGard SCT is a leading provider of software and services for higher education. SunGard SCT solutions help institutions create the Unified Digital Campus, an environment in which systems, individuals, and communities can interact seamlessly for learning, teaching, and administration. SunGard SCT supports more than 1,300 clients worldwide with administrative and academic solutions; portal, collaboration, and content management solutions; information access and business intelligence solutions; and integration solutions. For more information, visit

About SunGard
SunGard is a global leader in integrated software and processing solutions, primarily for financial services. SunGard also helps information-dependent enterprises of all types to ensure the continuity of their business. SunGard serves more than 20,000 customers in more than 50 countries, including the world’s 50 largest financial services companies. SunGard (NYSE:SDS) is a member of the S&P 500 and has annual revenue of $3 billion. Visit SunGard at

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