Technology Insights

 

Watch Now: E&I’s New Contract with Columbia Advisory Group

| December 5, 2018 | By Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services We are so excited to welcome Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) to our E&I portfolio through a competitive solicitation by our friends at Texas A&M University. CAG offers a wide variety of IT services to meet the needs of our member institutions. Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) provides best-in-class IT support services for education. They work with a broad-range of top-tier technology partners...

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Watch Now: E&I’s New Contract with D2L

| September 10, 2018 | By Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services After a very thorough solicitation process with an RFP team of member institution technology leaders, D2L, Ltd. (formerly Desire2Learn) and their new Brightspace learning management software (LMS) system has been selected as E&I's learning management software contract provider. It was clear to the team that D2L, with their new cloud-native Brightspace software, is an emerging leader in the LMS market today....

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The New E&I National Coalition on Enterprise Systems & Services

If you have read my articles in this E&I Technology Insights Blog or in EDUCAUSE Review over the past years, you know that I am very concerned about the future of higher education enterprise systems, especially cloud operations. My concerns started with private colleges and universities, but as my conversations on this subject have broadened to public institutions, I have become a bit obsessed with the subject since most of the issues for both groups are the same.

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In Enterprise Tech Operations, Sometimes It’s Not WHAT We Buy But HOW We Buy It

|March 21, 2018 | by Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services As a veteran technology leader in higher education, I could not begin to count the hours that I have spent either on the phone or in person with hardware and software suppliers negotiating (occasionally begging) for better prices for hardware and software. Every higher educational institution that I have served over the past 26 years has had some initiative to cut costs...

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The Question of the Future of Ellucian… and all ERPs

|March 20, 2018 | by Keith Fowlkes,Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services I was recently asked to answer a question for the ages. With the exit of Ellucian’s CEO, what would you do next if you were in charge of Ellucian? It seems like it might be difficult for the company to gain new customers, so what could they do to turn the tide? Coming from the perspective of a former higher education CIO, I...

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Watch: Basic Overview of Learning Management Systems Contract

|March 27, 2018 | by Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services A brief overview of Learning Management Systems (LMS) concepts for preparation on E&I’s upcoming LMS contract offering in under 6 minutes. LMS is a major part of nearly every higher education and K-12 institution in the U.S. today. The new LMS contract with E&I presents a great opportunity for our members to save money and time through our competitive process. About the...

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The Quickly Changing Landscape of Enterprise Computing in Higher Ed

|July 1, 2016 | by Keith Fowlkes,Vice President, Technologyat E&I Cooperative Services The higher education enterprise systems market is changing nearly as quickly as the U.S. higher education system itself. (Note that I said “nearly.”) In the two years that we have spent working to found the Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS), ERP market dynamics and views on institutional return on investment have drastically changed. All colleges and universities are tightening their financial...

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