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Don’t Be Afraid to Get It Wrong on the Way to Getting It Right

Diana G. Oblinger

Thomas Edison said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Those are wise words for all managers to remember.

We want to avoid “failure.” We want our projects to turn out well, be on-time, be in-budget, and have satisfied customers. We want our careers to have a predictable path, progressing enough at each step to warrant being entrusted with more responsibility. And, we don’t ever want to be asked a question for which we don’t already know the answer.

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7 Reflections

Diana G. Oblinger (doblinger@educause.edu) is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.

As I retire from EDUCAUSE and look back on my time here, I would like to share seven reflections that illustrate beliefs and experiences shared by many of us in higher education information technology. Intertwined with my reflections are the stories of so many of you and how you shared a laugh or an aspiration, lent a hand, or provided encouragement. I hope you find these reflections relevant to your own experience and that you see EDUCAUSE values reflected here. Finally, I hope you see a future even richer than today. 

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Collaboration, Partnership, and Student Success

Diana G. Oblinger (doblinger@educause.edu) is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.

Collaboration and partnership are terms we use often in higher education. We believe that working together is the right thing to do. It is mutually beneficial and mutually reinforcing.

Ten Reasons to Tackle the Top 10 IT Issues

The focus of this first issue in the 50th volume of EDUCAUSE Review is the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2015. These issues represent the critical concerns for our profession. They are complex challenges, encompassing multifaceted human, technological, and organizational issues that can often take years to address. In “Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point,” EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek and the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel describe this year’s top issues and offer advice for tackling each.

Metatrends Conclusions

Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This post concludes a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:                

 

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Reset and Reimagine

While reinforcing the value of higher education as a provider of a quality education for work, life, and citizenship, the authors in this issue of EDUCAUSE Review have reset and reimagined many of the elements of today’s colleges and universities. This process begins with the audience.

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Competition and Control

Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the fifth in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

 

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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Designing a Future of Digital Engagement

“The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday’s campus or even today’s classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological.

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Future Slant: Business Value

By Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the fourth in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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Future Slant: Technology and Work

Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the third in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.