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Hadoop: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
March 30, 2015

Apache Hadoop is an open-source software project for reliable, scalable, distributed computing . Hadoop enables big-data storage and processing by dividing the work across computer clu…

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…

Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015
January 12, 2015

Related Resources ECAR Working Group Technology Spotlights — Quite a few survey respondents indicated they were unfamiliar with various technologies. In Q1 2015 the ECAR W…

Highlights of the 2011 ECAR Symposium: IT as a Game Changer
September 21, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin presents highlights from the 2011 ECAR Symposium, held July 28–29 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to a synthesis of keynote talks by Doug Lynch, University of Pen…

How to Be Agile With Business Analytics
May 4, 2015

As the demands of IT service delivery shift toward bimodal capabilities, analytics and business intelligence leaders must introduce increased agility into the business analytics delivery process,…

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…

Implementing an ERP on Time and on Budget: An Innovative, Inclusive Approach
May 19, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin provides an innovative and practical approach to implementing an institution-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) both on time and on budget. It describes the princ…

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…

Improving IT Governance in Higher Education
August 29, 2006

This research bulletin examines the ways many research universities govern their IT activities, explores some inherent problems in these processes, identifies several good practices, and suggests…

In-Memory Computing: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
August 14, 2015

In-memory computing helps make big-data analytics possible by keeping data in a server’s RAM rather than removing it to databases on separate disk drives. Keeping it at the cached l…