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Improving Data Center Agility With Network Virtualization
May 6, 2014

As virtualization evolves from automated provisioning of virtual servers to end-to-end provisioning of applications , organizations face several network-related challenges. They must not o…

How to Excel at Research Computing in Times of Diminishing Resources, Growing Demand, and Expanding Possibilities
April 30, 2014

For three days in January 2014, more than a hundred thought leaders met in Tempe, Arizona, to discuss the present and future challenges and opportunities for IT’s support of research . Recom…

An Introduction to BYOE Mobile Data Collection
April 24, 2014

Smartphone ownership among college-aged Americans is high and growing , and many students own more than one mobile device. Such devices are increasingly incorporated into the academic live…

BI Reporting, Data Warehouse Systems, and Beyond
April 23, 2014

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service to better understand how higher education institutions approach business intelligence (BI) reporting and data warehouse system…

Supporting Information Governance through Records and Information Management
April 8, 2014

The expanding scope of IT initiatives in higher education institutions now goes well beyond basic desktop and enterprise applications. IT is often asked to focus on efforts to establish…

Emergency Notification Strategy
April 8, 2014

In higher education, the IT department is often the service provider for the institution’s emergency notification system (ENS) . For many institutions, the complexity of providing em…

IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance in Higher Education
March 18, 2014

Key Findings Formal enterprise or IT risk management and compliance programs are the exception rather than the rule. More common are informal processes and procedures for dealing with r…

Just in Time Research: Privacy Practices
February 19, 2014

The January 2014 edition of the ECAR Update subscriber newsletter included an informal poll on information privacy practices . The poll was intended to collect a quick snapshot of the higher e…

Higher Education's Top-Ten Strategic Technologies in 2014
February 12, 2014

Key Findings Analytics dominates the list, with four of the 10 technologies. Institutions are focusing on both learning and administrative analytics. Mobile apps are also prominent, wit…

The Ever-Present Demand for Public Computing Resources
January 15, 2014

This CDS Spotlight focuses on public computing resources , including lab/cluster workstations in buildings, virtual lab/cluster workstations, kiosks, laptop and tablet checkout progr…