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Spend Data in Education

A Flashlight in the Dark | By Chris Jarvis,Director, Spend Analytics & Market Intelligence; Mike Fox,Strategic Sourcing Analyst; and Ralph Maier,Vice President, Contracts Operations & Business Developmentat E&I Cooperative Services If you find yourself walking in a dark room filled with obstacles, wouldn’t you like to have a flashlight? That flashlight is data – it’s what illuminates that dark room so you can get a handle on your environment. In the world of supply chain,...

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ERP, Cloud, and the Vision of a New Model

How Can Procurement Professionals Get Involved? | By Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technology at E&I Cooperative Services A version of this blog originally appeared in EDUCAUSE Review. Today’s technology leaders in higher education seem to be running into several recurring subjects of concern surrounding enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, student information systems (SIS), and cloud-based systems. CIOs, CTOs, and Directors are basing their planning and buying decisions on these concerns. So, what exactly is happening...

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Adjudication Services

A Background Check Program's Hidden Gem | By Lewis Lustman,Content Marketer at HireRight The 2018 HireRight Benchmark Report reveals that the two things keeping hiring professionals up at night are concerns arising from negligent hiring and compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws and guidance. Adjudication services help employers ensure that all candidates are measured in accordance with company hiring guidelines. When using adjudication services, the results of individual employment background checks are compared...

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Buying Computer & Network Equipment

Why Resellers are the Answer for Technology Procurement | By Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technology at E&I Cooperative Services With today’s tight educational budgets and the ever-increasing needs for technology, support operations professionals are caught between a rock and a hard place. How can support staff keep up with the demands of their campus while controlling costs? Fewer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) options and the struggle to meet customer demands in a high turnover environment means...

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The Virtual Reality Academe

An Enterprise Technology Shift in the Coming Decade | By Keith Fowlkes,Vice President, Technology at E&I Cooperative Services I recently read a great article by David Raths in Campus Technology titled: 7 Tips for Getting Started with VR/AR, which discusses virtual and augmented reality research being conducted by a new organization called VRFirst. As I read through David’s comments on higher education’s involvement in the testing and use of VR/AR technologies, I began wondering how...

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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, Technology at 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, Technology at 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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The Quickly Changing Landscape of Enterprise Computing in Higher Ed

| July 1, 2016 | by Keith Fowlkes,Vice President, Technology at 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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Ensure Strategic Procurement on Campus

9 Tips for Optimizing Your Strategy Next Year & Beyond | By Gary D. Link, C.P.M., Chief Business Development Officer at E&I Cooperative Services The benefits of a strategic procurement operation can be significant and far-reaching, including everything from greater spend visibility and streamlined operations to new cost saving opportunities and increased value to the institution. Consider this quick checklist when attempting to become more strategic this year and the next: 1. Align the goals of your...

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A Race to Zero

The New Normal in Educational Procurement |By Bill Cooper, Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at the University of California Several years ago, I had the opportunity to contribute to a University Business Article entitled Spotlight on Procurement. The focus was on the emerging recognition of procurement as a key strategic contributor to the financial health of a university, rather than the tactical, back office transaction shop and “compliance cop” roles in which it...

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