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The IT Forum partners with higher ed leaders in this field, providing you with the tools and resources to diagnose institutional challenges, guide cross-functional initiatives on campus, and provide smart IT investment guidance. To enable you to train and empower your team and guide institutional transformation, we provide guidance on the following areas:

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Leaders across the institution must invest in data governance efforts and establish a baseline understanding of the important role of quality data in campus operations and innovation. First, educate stakeholders about the avoidable costs and risks that bad data governance perpetuates, then focus on high-performing peers and best practices to build consensus for action. Establishing…

Chaotic, inconvenient, and inaccurate: words all used by IT Forum partners to describe their institution’s approach to technology project intake. For most universities and colleges, it’s because IT project requests have multiplied over recent years and their traditional, ad hoc approaches to intake have become overwhelmed. Without fair and standardized project intake processes, CIOs are…

The revolution has arrived. But it’s not on the premises—it’s in the cloud. The IT Forum’s ongoing research into IT organizational design makes it clear that the transition to cloud services is having perceptible impact on IT staffs. Data centers are closing and downsizing, systems and database administration roles are declining in importance, and new…

The IT Forum’s 2018 research focused on digital transformation and its implications for higher education. During our national meeting series, we asked CIOs and IT leaders for examples of digital transformation projects, big or small, from their campuses. We heard many real-world, tangible examples of innovation in higher education – from attendance trackers to smart…

IT strategic planning requires cooperation among many campus constituencies and broad information collection. The IT organization must commit to the creation of a future vision in which vital interests of constituents across the institution are at stake. In short, it is not a small undertaking, and CIOs need to take the time to check their…

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Join us at a 2019-2020 National Meeting As the skills and structure required to run an efficient and effective IT organization are shifting, CIOs must retool, reskill, and reorganize within their function to promote successful digital transformation on their campus. But with the knowledge that any hiring and investment decisions of today will be outmoded…

About the Webconference Over the last year, colleges and universities have been asking the IT Forum how they can assess if virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR) technology is a good fit for their campus. To address these questions, we’ve brought together four panelists from institutions that have adopted VR/AR technology. If VR/AR technology is on…

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