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Shelter from the Storm: IT and Business Continuity in Higher Education
March 29, 2007

Abstract This study looks at IT unit readiness to foster and support the functioning of colleges and universities that are challenged by disruption. Responding to a well-documented increase …

Beyond the Phone System: Converged Real-Time Communications for Enterprises
February 1, 2007

It has been widely assumed that next generation "phone systems" will be based on Internet Protocol private branch exchanges (IP-PBXs). The ever-increasing ubiquity of IP networks can i…

The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2006
December 22, 2006

Abstract A longitudinal extension of the 2004 and 2005 ECAR studies of students and information technology, this 2006 study is based on quantitative data from nearly 29,000 freshman and seni…

Safeguarding the Tower: IT Security in Higher Education 2006
October 12, 2006

Abstract When ECAR studied IT security in 2003, we discovered that despite efforts to develop a secure IT infrastructure in higher education, uneven management awareness and a culture that e…

IT Engagement in Research: A Baseline Study
August 28, 2006

Abstract This ECAR study explores the practices and perspectives of IT organizations that support the academic research enterprise. To collect, analyze, and distribute information across an …

Trends in Social Software
June 26, 2006

Adoption of blogs, wikis, tagging, bookmarking services, folksonomies, social networking software, and media-oriented services (e.g., podcasting) has been extraordinary over the past few years. …

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…

Making Business Sense of Information Security
March 21, 2006

A well-managed security program starts at the top and must provide strong governance, business risk management, auditing, and control processes. This Burton Group study proposes a security techn…

Identity Management in Higher Education: A Baseline Study
April 18, 2006

Abstract This ECAR research study illuminates findings from a survey of identity management practices in higher education. In addition to exploring the adoption of identity management techno…

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 …

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