Top 10 IT Issues

Trends and Forecasts to Inform IT Planning
Understand what's important and where to focus with these annual reports.

Selection of the 2017 Issues Is Underway

With help from the IT Issues Panel and a representative sample of community IT leaders, EDUCAUSE is currently working on the 2017 top 10 IT issues and strategic technologies and trends in higher education. Survey findings and resources will be published in the January/February 2017 issue of EDUCAUSE Review. The 2017 issues will be previewed in an EDUCAUSE Annual Conference session: The EDUCAUSE 2017 Top 10 IT Issues.


The 2016 Top 10 IT Issues

With community input, EDUCAUSE selected the 2016 top 10 IT issues and strategic technologies in higher education. The issues reflect three overarching themes:

Divest— Higher education IT organizations are divesting of locally optimized and delivered technologies, architectures, and processes and moving to standardized, and cloud-based services and architectures.

Reinvest— Institutions are reinvesting in key areas to ensure readiness to manage a re-architected IT function and support mission differentiation with IT.

Differentiate— Colleges and universities are using IT as a strategic differentiator to enhance the institution’s particular culture, missions, and strategies, particularly in analytics and in teaching and learning.




About the Top 10 Research on Higher Education IT Issues and Strategic Technologies

The trends and forecasts revealed in the annual EDUCAUSE Top 10 research — including the IT issues and strategic technologies reports — are used by higher education leaders and decision makers to know what's important and where to focus in their IT planning and management. The lists of top IT issues and strategic technologies are developed by a panel of experts comprised of IT and non-IT leaders, CIOs, and faculty members and then voted on by the EDUCAUSE community in an annual survey.

The annual IT Issues article (see 2016 above) is published in EDUCAUSE Review. The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research publishes the annual strategic technologies report and supporting materials. View the ECAR 2016 Strategic Technologies reports. The research also guides EDUCAUSE enterprise IT, information security, professional development, and teaching and learning programs.

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