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Select Gartner research for ECAR subscribers

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EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues and ECAR Top-Ten Strategic Technologies

EDUCAUSE Research Team

The Research Team provides services through ECAR and CDS. Research programs are guided by EDUCAUSE members, Board of Directors, Executive Team, advisory groups, and expert panels.

News and Events

How to Be Agile with Business Analytics

Get insights into increasing analytic agility with this new Gartner research for ECAR subscribers. 

TCO for Cloud Services

A common justification for moving to the cloud is cost savings, but savings are difficult to prove. This framework helps you ID the total cost of ownership for cloud-based IT services.

IT Trends: What's Influential and What's Just Starting to Take Hold

61% or more of institutions confirmed that the four trends are exerting a major influence on their IT strategies.

Autonomics, OAuth, and Near Field—OH MY!

Scratching your head? You're not alone. Learn about these and other technologies in our new ECAR Working Group Technology Spotlight series.

IT Service Delivery: Current Methods and Future Directions

This report takes a close look at the shift in IT service delivery from the management of technologies to the management of services.

IPAS Evaluation and Assessment

This report compares and contrasts the evaluation and assessment experiences of four institutions that have recently launched IPAS projects.


To work on technology challenges with fellow IT leaders, join an ECAR Working Group. Upcoming projects include Using the LMS to Produce Predictive Analytics, Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud, and The Cost of Distributed IT. Learn More >

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