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October 31, 2017

Unit4 and Nuventive Select HIGHER DIGITAL as Digital Product Management Partner

Two edtech software companies are engaging industry product management and user experience experts to help deliver comprehensive, digital-first products and services.

October 31, 2017—Tysons, Va HIGHER DIGITAL®, a consulting firm that delivers expert product management, user experience, and digital transformation services, announces partnerships with global education technology companies Unit4 and Nuventive to provide product assessments, management, and other strategic services.

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 95% of American adults own a cellphone, with 77% of them owning smartphones. That figure has increased by 42 percentage points since Pew first began tracking smartphone ownership in 2011.  In the same study, Pew noted that nearly eight in ten Americans own a desktop or laptop computer, and 50% own a tablet. The steadily increasing device usage is driving change in student expectations and placing incredible pressure on institutions and industry vendors to provide better, more integrated experiences.

“HIGHER DIGITAL’s understanding of the global higher education market, along with their deep experience and success in designing international products, made them the perfect fit for us,” says Jeremy Roche, Chief Product Officer of Netherlands-based Unit4. “The team is focused on helping us to enhance our native, cloud-based student management solution, which enables institutions to be more agile, data-driven, and collaborative for students, faculty, and staff.”

In its work with Unit4 and Nuventive, HIGHER DIGITAL is following its Simplified Enterprise Agile™ (SEA) process, which marries business and financial priorities with agile delivery, leading to more effective innovation and value-to-market. The business-first model simplifies the process of prioritization and communication from enterprise goals through product delivery, while quickly engaging and adapting to end-user expectations and feedback.

“HIGHER DIGITAL’s blend of hands-on product management and user experience expertise was a perfect fit for our current product growth and expansion strategy,” says Dr. Dave Raney, CEO of Nuventive. “HIGHER DIGITAL was able to come in and provide significant value to our product and development teams, and we’re better positioned to deliver excellent solutions to our customers because of it.”

In early 2017, HIGHER DIGITAL was founded to help organizations prepare their businesses for the future, by first making sense of technology they’ve already invested in, while also focusing on how best to deliver on that vision.

“We’re excited to collaborate with two of the most innovative software companies serving the education market,” said Wayne Bovier, Founder and CEO of HIGHER DIGITAL.  “We’re experts in navigating the inevitable changes that tend to drastically shape the future of our industry. Whether it’s cloud, mobile, on-premise, or artificial intelligence, we’re putting our battle-tested methodology and our best thinking to work on behalf of Unit4 and Nuventive in order to help institutions deliver a more compelling and integrated student experience, and improve operational performance and decision-making.”

HIGHER DIGITALTM is a global consulting company specializing in transformative processes, enabling organizations to create and deliver superior products and services. By leveraging the Simplified Enterprise AgileTM approach, HIGHER DIGITAL works with organizations around the world to create a clear and cohesive technology roadmap, helping bring their digital vision to life. For more information, visit


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