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BCNET: Collaboratively Building a Multi-Institutional Shared Green Data Center
June 10, 2010

This ECAR case study examines the work of BCNET, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that builds high-performance networks for British Columbia's research and education institutions. BCN…

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…

Best Practices for IT Disaster Recovery: Reducing Risks On-Site and in the Cloud
January 27, 2015

Technology advancements are transforming IT DR and ITSCM practices. Leveraging people, processes and technology best practices is critical to success, whether recovering on-premises or in a cloud…

Beyond the Help Desk: Creating a Culture of Service in the IT Organization
August 25, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin describes strategies used by the IT organizations at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Dickinson University to develop a plan for improving the culture of ser…

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…

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…

Big Data in the Campus Landscape
September 12, 2014

This paper is a publication of the ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group. The topic of big data continues to receive a great deal of publicity because of its promise for openin…

Big Research Support from a Small IT Organization: Montana State University Billings
February 1, 2013

For the typical, small central IT organization with limited funding, finding the adequate resources to provide requisite infrastructure, equipment, software, and technical support can be ch…

Bioinformatics: New Technology Models for Research, Education, and Service
April 13, 2004

Bioinformatics applies principles of information sciences and technologies to complex life sciences data. Life sciences research and education are increasingly dependent on bioinformatics and adv…

Blended Learning
March 30, 2004

Seven years of research at the University of Central Florida (UCF) has found that blended courses--those that combine face-to-face instruction with online learning and reduced classroom contact h…