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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…

A Framework for HIPAA IT Security Compliance: Leveraging for Security
December 7, 2004

This research bulletin describes a functional framework for higher education compliance with the HIPAA IT security final rule. The framework, which can be adapted for individual universities, inc…

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…

Being Prepared for Technology Snow Days
December 10, 2002

With increasing use of instructional technology comes the probability that the technology will sometimes fail. Although many policies and procedures exist for more traditional outages (such as ca…

Campus IT Security: Governance, Strategy, Policy, and Enforcement
August 15, 2006

Successful implementation of an effective information, data, and system "security blanket" for higher education institutions requires recognition of and action upon the cultural, politi…

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…

Computer and Network Security and Higher Education's Core Values
March 18, 2003

Colleges and universities have a host of security vulnerabilities. Insecure computers and networks have been exploited to launch a variety of attacks on computers--in the academy as well as in so…

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…

Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World
July 28, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin reviews some of the basic tenets of copyright in the digital millennium. Specifically, it discusses the ways in which copyright law, fair use provisions, and the TEACH…

Decentralized IT Governance and Policy in Higher Education
March 10, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin focuses on the challenges and strategies related to integrating IT governance and policy across multiple university entities (schools, colleges, departments, and campu…

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