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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…

Google Apps in the Enterprise: A Promotion-Enhancing or Career-Limiting Move for Enterprise Architects?
November 9, 2007

In February 2007, Google announced Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE), a collaboration and communication solution offered as software as a service (SaaS). Initially combining a portal, e-mail, i…

Next Generation Administrative Systems: Philosophy, Principles, and Technology
September 11, 2007

It is time to think differently about administrative systems in colleges and universities. Using the Kuali Student Service System as an illustration, this ECAR research bulletin discusses a visio…

Using Social Software to Enhance IT Operations
July 3, 2007

This research bulletin offers representative examples of social software in action within IT organizations at three institutions -- Duke University; the University of California, San Diego; and t…

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…

Business Process Modeling: Adding Value or Overhead?
May 8, 2006

New approaches to business process modeling can provide a map for IT services that are truly aligned to institutional goals. Institutions that adopt business process modeling techniques and inte…

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…

The Next-Generation Infrastructure
January 8, 2002

This Research Bulletin describes the infrastructure needed to "glue" current and future IT applications together, creating a truly seamless, user-centric IT environment. The user is at …

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