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Hi, everyone,
I had an interesting email chat with a vendor who asked questions about a recent post where the poster, a university CIO, said they needed recommendations for a direction.  The nature of the work was in the vendor's field and the vendor wondered about making connections with the CIO.  I re-read the post, and I could see how the vendor would feel free to contact the individual, but since the list rules are as they are, I discouraged the contact.

I'm suggesting that everyone on the list keep in mind that vendors are on the list.  If you post about seeking a system, or a consultant, or a solution, please also state if you want to hear from vendors.  If you really want the recommendations of CIO peers and not vendor contacts, please state that. 

There are times when we post on the list and we do want vendor contacts - I've done that myself.  If we can state that clearly, we will help vendors connect with those people who really need the contacts.

Thanks much for your consideration.

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Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University
 
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Theresa:

Very wise advice.

Robert.



From: Theresa Rowe <rowe@OAKLAND.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:48 PM
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [CIO] Gentle Reminder: Vendors on the list

Hi, everyone,
I had an interesting email chat with a vendor who asked questions about a recent post where the poster, a university CIO, said they needed recommendations for a direction.  The nature of the work was in the vendor's field and the vendor wondered about making connections with the CIO.  I re-read the post, and I could see how the vendor would feel free to contact the individual, but since the list rules are as they are, I discouraged the contact.

I'm suggesting that everyone on the list keep in mind that vendors are on the list.  If you post about seeking a system, or a consultant, or a solution, please also state if you want to hear from vendors.  If you really want the recommendations of CIO peers and not vendor contacts, please state that. 

There are times when we post on the list and we do want vendor contacts - I've done that myself.  If we can state that clearly, we will help vendors connect with those people who really need the contacts.

Thanks much for your consideration.

--
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University
 
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Message from bauer.rick@gmail.com

Robert:

Now, did you want the vendors to read that, too? :)

thanks for good guidance. We folks who sell things have a tremendous amount of respect for the high signal/noise ratio on the listserv; I think secretly many of us envy your responsibilities and work.

Rick Bauer, CompTIA