The Higher Ed technology landscape is rapidly changing from year to year, as vendors consolidate their products, companies go out of business, and new products enter the market. Needless to say, it can be difficult to keep tabs on every tech vendor and product that is available to your university. Thankfully, Eduventures released their annual Higher Ed Technology Landscape report last February. The report brings together tech vendors that serve Higher Ed and visually organizes them into 40 distinct market segments. If you’re looking for a snapshot of Higher Ed’s technology offerings available to your university, Eduventures’ landscape map could be incredibly useful.
If you’ve ever looked into enterprise customer (or constituent) relationship management (CRM) services before, there’s a good chance you already know about Salesforce. They are generally considered the industry leading enterprise CRM platform and have solutions specifically tailored for Higher Ed institutions. That being said, there is plenty of competition in the Higher Ed CRM space and it’s important to take a look at both the good and the bad of Salesforce to see whether it’s a service worth looking into further. For the sake of brevity, here’s a list of the top 5 pros and cons of Salesforce in Higher Ed.
While Higher Ed may be slow to adopt new technologies, that doesn’t mean it is any easier for IT professionals to keep up with every emerging technology and trend. Let us save you time out of your busy schedule with our picks for the must-read Higher Ed IT articles from last month.
Higher Ed’s unique culture allows tech professionals to connect with one another and collaborate in ways that would be nearly impossible in a corporate environment. In an effort to strengthen these connections between university IT professionals in New England, Optimal Partners helped sponsor and organize the first event for the Higher Ed IT Professionals Meetup group on Thursday, May 25th. We’d like to thank James Stoffel, Joshua Wilson, Ian Roy, and Hazal Uzunkaya, as well as everyone else in attendance for helping make the meeting such a success.
While the future of Higher Ed technology is up for discussion, one thing is for certain: change is inevitable. Just as new technologies change the way we communicate, do business, and entertain ourselves, so too will it change how professors teach and how students learn, albeit likely at a slightly slower pace. We recently sat down with Dr. Peyton Helm, Interim Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth, to discuss how he believes advancements in technology will affect Higher Education in the future.