The Futures of Continuing Education

Top of Mind: The Futures of Continuing Education

Continuing education is experiencing something of a renaissance. In the years immediately preceding the pandemic, continuing education programs were already seeing significant growth as corporate demand for workforce training, certifications, skills development, and specialization increased. Although higher education enrollments experienced significant declines, especially among community colleges, interest in and demand for continuing education did not […]

Keeping it Personal: Technology and the Student Experience

Top of Mind Podcast: Keeping it Personal

The definition of student experience is an ever-changing one. As technology advances, students’ expectations shift to newly introduced possibilities. Inevitably, this affects student experience. However, what’s important to consider is whether implementing a solution just because it’s available is worthwhile to your institution. In this episode, new show host Elizabeth Farrell talks to Dr. Melissa […]

IT Campaign Playbook: CIOs Share Tips for a Successful CRM Enterprise Transition

Top of Mind: CIOs Share Tips for a Successful CRM Enterprise Transition

Election day may have come and gone, but political experts will continue to examine and pick apart every candidate’s results to make sense of why their campaigns worked or failed. While higher education technology leaders aren’t elected officials, the most effective ones know that the path to a successful digital transformation begins with a strong […]

The Deployment Journey: Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

Top of Mind: The Deployment Journey

We learned about project management and change management at enterprise scale. We learned about conversion for very large systems. And we learned that customizing systems to meet our needs led to disastrous long-term costs, locked us into decades-old decisions, and prevented business innovation. The experiences from those years inform the work we do today in […]

Business Process Optimization Before an ERP Project?

Top of Mind: Business Process Optimization Before an ERP Project?

For many, the idea that software would drive business processes is problematic. The thinking is that software should support good processes, not drive their design. This made great sense when software was designed to meet the need from scratch or could easily be customized to meet the process design. The result, however, was custom software […]

Administrative Systems in the Short and Long Term

Top of Mind: Administrative Systems in the Short and Long Term

Co-Columnist: Dave Kieffer, Vice President, Research, Large Enterprise Systems, The Tambellini Group Requirements for administrative computing systems have changed in the last decade. Students, faculty, and staff now need the ability to easily and intuitively perform tasks and to view information on any device, at any time, from any location. Administrative offices need efficiency in […]

Insights for Public Universities: Tambellini’s 2020 Finance and HCM Market Trends and Leaders Report

Top of MInd: Insights into 2020 Finance and HCM Market Trends and Leaders Report

With the publication of Tambellini’s 2020 Financial Management and Human Capital Management Systems US Higher Education Market Share, Trends, and Leaders Report, many institutions can benefit from the in-depth view of the finance and HCM technology selections across the higher education landscape. However, public universities can draw specific insights from the report’s information and help […]

Easing Out of COVID-19: Three Things for IT Leaders to Focus On

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

For much of higher education, the descent into the current COVID-19 state looked—and for those in the midst of it, may have felt—a little bit like a crash landing. Many institutions began engaging in continuity planning weeks in advance, but when the decision was made to “go remote,” first for instruction and then for administration, […]

Redefining Work Roles and What’s Important, Part 2

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

It is no longer possible to deliver documents by campus mail, to walk them over to another office and drop them in a colleague’s inbox, or to assemble packets of information and courier them to their destination. It is no longer possible to sign contracts in person, with or without a notary witness. Yet, it […]