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The Promise and Performance of Enterprise Systems
December 4, 2002

Abstract The Promise and Performance of Enterprise Systems addresses one of the most important IT issues facing higher education. Incorporating nearly 500 college and university survey r…

Good Enough! IT Investment and Business Process Performance in Higher Education
June 15, 2005

Abstract This ECAR research study takes a complex look at the performance of so-called business processes in higher education, with a special focus on how IT investments have influenced that…

Academic Analytics: The Uses of Management Information and Technology in Higher Education
December 12, 2005

Abstract Since the 1980s, higher education has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on administrative technologies to improve access to information. Institutions implemented new enterprise …

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…

Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education
March 31, 2009

Abstract This 2009 ECAR research study is a comprehensive analysis of how colleges and universities plan, organize, deploy, and support messaging and communication technologies. It provides …

Cloud Storage: An Emerging Market
August 4, 2009

Driven by the need to reduce costs and to provide dependable data delivery and protection, the cloud storage pay-as-you-go service model offers information technology a new way to avoid building…

Alternative IT Sourcing Strategies: From the Campus to the Cloud
August 20, 2009

Abstract This 2009 ECAR research study explores a multitude of strategies used by colleges and university information technology organizations to deliver the breadth of technologies and servic…

Institutional Data Management in Higher Education
December 1, 2009

Abstract This 2009 ECAR study of institutional data management examines the policies and practices by which higher education institutions effectively collect, protect, and use digital informat…

Combining Data Center Consolidation and Server Virtualization: The Path to Nirvana or the Road to Hell?
March 30, 2010

IT organizations combining data center consolidation and server virtualization must understand how the sequence of consolidation operations (i.e., server virtualization before, during, or after d…

The 2011 Enterprise Application Market in Higher Education
June 14, 2012

Key Findings Almost every college and university (>95%) delivers a set of six core applications: student information, HR/payroll, finance, e-mail (for faculty and staff and for students)…

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