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The Changing Face of IT Service Delivery

Today's higher education IT organization may bear little resemblance to tomorrow's.

IT Service Desk Management Systems

Find out where they stand in today's higher education enterprise application market.

Calculating the Cost of Distributed IT Staff and Applications

The need to know and manage the total cost of IT across campus has never been greater.

User Authentication Technologies Beyond the Password

User authentication is an essential element of modern IT systems, yet understanding options and balancing requirements remain complex.

How to Be Agile with Business Analytics

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

IPAS Evaluation and Assessment

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


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