Technology consulting comes in a variety of forms, from management to functional and technical consulting, but one thing remains true no matter what industry you’re in: most traditional contracts are for between three months to a year of full-time on-site consulting. While “traditional” IT consulting works perfectly well for many projects, sometimes both external and internal factors require the flexibility of a nontraditional approach. Here are just a few ways in which nontraditional technology consulting can fit your specific needs.
The relationship between university IT departments and their user bases can be strained at times, especially during large-scale systems implementations. IT’s job is to ensure that users have the training and support they need to take full advantage of technology, but even the most prepared project will run into bumps in the road. In these cases, it’s key to have a thorough plan in place to communicate your IT department’s successes to your stakeholders and smooth over any inevitable difficulties by building a strong relationship beforehand.
With autumn in full swing and 2016 quickly coming to a close, Higher Ed IT departments are preparing for the challenges that the new year has to offer. From cybersecurity to data analytics, there’s a lot to keep in mind as a university CIO or IT director, especially given everything else on your plate. Thankfully, we have you covered with our picks for the must-read Higher Ed IT articles from October.
Most Higher Ed IT departments face similar challenges with budget restraints, hiring and retaining talented staff, and balancing the maintenance of existing systems with the need to implement emerging technologies. As if that weren’t enough, IT departments at state universities also run into a variety of specific problems that can further complicate how they operate. From a decline in state funding, to the needs of an evolving student base, there’s a lot that state university IT departments need to keep in mind, but there are ways to make things easier.
The future of Higher Education is a popular topic of discussion among academics and administrative staff alike. But, while there are plenty of differing positions about what will facilitate the most important changes in the next few years, there seems to be a consensus that technology will be leading the charge. In an attempt to get a better grasp of what to expect in Higher Ed IT in the next 4 years, Optimal Partners is collaborating with eCampus News to survey CIO’s and other IT decision makers at a wide range of universities in the U.S. and ask them about the status of Higher Ed IT. In the meantime, we sat down with our founder and CEO, Nuno Couto, to see what he has to say about what the future will bring for university technology.