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Oct 14th, 2010
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Ballroom D
Pacific Time

As higher education faces dramatic changes in the financial, student, and competitive landscapes, what is the role of the CIO? Some institutions are focusing on the bottom line and favoring IT leaders who can deliver—who can be the plumber keeping it all going on safely and quietly in the walls and under the walkways. Others seek IT leaders who actively co-shape research and education with the faculty and leaders of the academy. Still others aren't sure or ambiguously proclaim both—or try to balance the opposite poles. This session will rigorously debate the pros and cons of "CIO as plumber" and "CIO as strategist" for the needs of higher education in this decade.

Plumber or Strategist: The Trailer



At #educause10 point/counterpoint session "The CIO: Plumber or Strategist or Monkey?". Entertaining and informative! #E10_PCP07

#E10_PCP07 What is ur advice to CIOs that have to be strategic plumbers? Have a blueprint, listen to ur constituents, execute & keep score!

RT @pumpkiny: Questions for Voss/Wheeler on Plumber/Strategist? Tweet 'em in but b sure to use session tag..#E10_PCP07 #educause10

RT@ EDUCAUSEreview: #educause10 Wheeler: think edge, leverage, & trust rather than centralization vs. decentralization #e10_pcp07

Questions for Voss/Wheeler on Plumber/Strategist? Tweet 'em in but b sure to use session tag..#E10_PCP07 #educause10

#E10_PCP07 Voss' advice: Better learn how to look at things broadly. No one will give you money to do stuff! #EDUCAUSE10

#E10_PCP07 What if you are taking risks as a CIO? Make them purposeful and strategic. Ensure they are manageable. #EDUCUASE10

#E10_PCP07 Reframe the conversation on the centralized/decentralized debate: concentrate on edge, leverage and trust.

#E10_PCP07 Advice to young and aspiring CIOs: Learn how to do things that can help exert influence on the core mission.

#E10_PCP07 If you are assessing a CIO job: Investigate the job and ensure it's the right fit for you! #EDUCAUSE10

Wheeler: Operational effectiveness is NOT strategy #educause10 #E10_PCP07

At #educause10 point/counterpoint session "The CIO: Plumber or Strategist?". Entertaining and informative! #E10_PCP07

Bring on the questions for The CIO: Plumber or Strategist...comment/tweet and we'll infuse them into the session...


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