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2009 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Think Stops: Financial Challenges, Sustainability, Consumerization of IT

2009 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Think Stops: Financial Challenges, Sustainability, Consumerization of IT

Think Stop #1

Financial Challenges Think Stop #1 What response to the financial crisis will strengthen your organization and your institution? Responses: Lean = $,  Smart entrepreneurs do this: In an up market, raise capital; in a down market, build value,  Decentralization, The reduction of a culture of wasting resources will also help,  Willingness to use “cloud resources.” We don’t need to own it or mange it to derive benefit from it,  Focus on good programs that will benefit the community, build job skills, and allow people to grow and develop new skills in their current careers.

Think Stop #1 What response to the financial crisis will strengthen your organization and your institution?

  • Lean = $
  • Smart entrepreneurs do this: In an up market, raise capital; in a down market, build value
  • Decentralization
  • The reduction of a culture of wasting resources will also help
  • Willingness to use “cloud resources.”
  • We don’t need to own it or mange it to derive benefit from it
  • Focus on good programs that will benefit the community, build job skills, and allow people to grow and develop new skills in their current careers.

Think Stop #2

Sustainability  Think Stop #2 Green IT: What is your institution doing to promote sustainable green IT?  Responses:  Reduce paper (online forms, wiki’s, surveys),  More online classes = less use of facilities?  Telecommuting?!!?  Blade servers, Virtualization: server, storage,  Responsible purchasing/disposal of IT assets,  Offering incentives for employees to buy homes close to campus,  Rolling blackouts per diem,  Hot aisle / cold aisle configs,  Duplex printing,  Workshop for faculty: “Sustainability”   Verdiem Power Management or Night Watchman,  Recent Gartner report has green at bottom of list,  Teach professors to use computer commenting so they are more open to getting assignments online.

Think Stop #2 Green IT: What is your institution doing to promote sustainable green IT? 

  • Reduce paper (online forms, wiki’s, surveys)
  • More online classes = less use of facilities? 
  • Telecommuting?!!? 
  • Blade servers
  • Virtualization: server, storage
  • Responsible purchasing/disposal of IT assets
  • Offering incentives for employees to buy homes close to campus
  • Rolling blackouts per diem
  • Hot aisle / cold aisle configs
  • Duplex printing
  • Workshop for faculty: “Sustainability”  
  • Verdiem Power Management or Night Watchman
  • Recent Gartner report has green at bottom of list
  • Teach professors to use computer commenting so they are more open to getting assignments online.

Think Stop #3

Technology Revolution Think Stop #3  Consumerization of IT: What is the role? Does it matter or we becoming utility? What will be doing in 5-10 years?  Responses:  IT’s role: business as usual…respond with support and adoption as best possible. See change as a chance to be proactive and stand out.  IT’s role: Fire chief, policeman, nurse, doctor, educator…(need I say more).  Advisor connector.  IT’s role: remove ALL barriers to access; leadership with vision and action plan required.  Assist user community in comparison/contrast of similar products. Be a consumer advocate…  How can compete with what they have at home? (?unreadable for a family of 4)

Think Stop #3  Consumerization of IT: What is the role? Does it matter or we becoming utility? What will be doing in 5-10 years? 

  • IT’s role: business as usual…respond with support and adoption as best possible. See change as a chance to be proactive and stand out.
  • IT’s role: Fire chief, policeman, nurse, doctor, educator…(need I say more). 
  • Advisor connector. 
  • IT’s role: remove ALL barriers to access; leadership with vision and action plan required.  Assist user community in comparison/contrast of similar products.
  • Be a consumer advocate… 
  • How can compete with what they have at home? (?unreadable for a family of 4)

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