With this year quickly coming to a close, there’s no better time to give back to the institutions and individuals that you work with day to day. That might mean donating to your alma mater or reaching out to help those in the Higher Ed community, but either way you decide to make a difference, your efforts will be rewarded. In fact, you’d be surprised at just how beneficial giving back can be towards expanding your professional network.
While Higher Ed may be slower to adopt new trends than other industries, that doesn’t mean that IT professionals necessarily have the time to keep up with every emerging technology on the horizon. From virtual reality to wearables, there’s a lot to keep track of. Thankfully, we have you covered with our picks for last month’s must-read Higher Ed IT articles from around the web.
Earlier this month, we were graciously invited to attend the 6th annual New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s (HERC) Diversity Conference at Wheelock College in Boston. The event brought together HERC members, special guests, vendors, and volunteers from across the region to discuss the benefits of diversity within Higher Ed and to celebrate New England HERC’s 10 year anniversary. We, at Optimal Partners, are committed to promoting diversity in university technology and are honored to have been a part of a conference covering such an important issue.
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.