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A Different Kind of ERP: Extending and Renewing Legacy Systems
March 4, 2003

Rather than make the significant investment required for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, some campuses explicitly choose a strategy of retaining and renewing their legacy systems. T…

Aligning IT Strategy to Open Source, Partnering, and Web Services
November 25, 2003

This research bulletin examines the current state of open source initiatives in higher education. It provides a roadmap for incorporating open source application development in an information tec…

Collective Wisdom on E-Mail Outsourcing
November 17, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin covers experiences and lessons learned from 10 IT leaders who have transitioned their institutions to an outsourced e-mail solution. It provides data from the 2009 EC…

Considering Open Source: A Framework for Evaluating Software in the New Economy
January 2, 2007

Open source software and the community source movement are raising questions for administrators about whether and when to adopt or devote resources to software development projects, provoking que…

Electronic Records Management: Today’s High Stakes
April 20, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin discusses the issues involved in successful electronic records management and provides guidance on how to start and sustain an electronic records management program a…

Implementing Google Apps for Faculty and Staff
October 19, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin explains how Boise State University addressed important concerns about security and strategic alignment in finalizing its decision to move to Google Apps for Educatio…

IT Infrastructure to Support Analytics: Laying the Groundwork for Institutional Analytics
October 23, 2012

Analytics has become a hot topic in the educational community, and several key questions must be addressed concerning the infrastructure of an analytics program. These issues include the …

Leveraging IT Infrastructure for HIPAA Training
July 6, 2004

Faced with the challenge of quickly developing, delivering, tracking, and reporting customized HIPAA training for 17,000 workers and students, the University of Minnesota leveraged important piec…

Records Management in a Digital World
August 6, 2002

College and university administrators are interested in records management because records document the activities of the institution and are essential in making informed decisions and maintainin…

Web Space 9: A Journey Through Time
July 18, 2006

This bulletin discusses the processes being applied to refine the focus of the University of Toronto's institution-wide Web space to better serve the community in a more coordinated manner. …