Five Priorities for the Higher Ed CIO’s 2021 Agenda

Top of Mind: Five Priorities for the Higher Ed CIO’s 2021 Agenda

If I were to say one thing about 2020, it would be this: Thank goodness that it’s almost over. Despite the many difficult challenges of the year, however, one really important shift occurred in higher education. Institutions realized, perhaps for the first time, the importance and value of technology in their environments. When the whole […]

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 […]

Tips from A CEO: Why Analyst Firms Can Be A CIO’s Most Valuable Resource

Top of Mind: Making the Right Call and Maximizing ROI

In my 20 years as CEO of The Tambellini Group, I’ve advised technology leaders from hundreds of colleges and universities across North America on projects large, small, and in between. Regardless of their institution’s size, budget, or educational mission, the first question our prospective members usually ask me is “What’s the difference between analyst and […]

Things I Never Thought I Would Hear a CIO Say

Top of Mind Podcast: Things I Never Thought I Would Hear a CIO Say

In conversation with Top of Mind host Katelyn Ilkani, Marilyn Smith, former CIO at George Mason University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reflects on the changes she has witnessed over her career. Advisor to GMU’s new CIO, Smith shares her advice to listeners who may aspire to lead a higher education IT department. This […]

Consortium Model for Security with Fred Damiano

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018, Tambellini’s Katelyn Ilkani talks with Fred Damiano, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and CIO of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, about a consortium model for cybersecurity. Damiano discusses how Hobart and William Smith, along with five other institutions, made the strategic decision to jointly work on cybersecurity […]

Moving Finance and HR to Oracle Cloud with Sharon Blanton

Sharon Blanton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and 2018 Tambellini CIO Award Winner, talks with The Tambellini Group’s Katelyn Ilkani about migrating to Oracle Cloud for finance and HCM. Describing this project as a business transformation and technology modernization initiative, Blanton explains TCNJ’s selection process, including the […]

Cloudy Judgement

I’ll admit it: my judgement is cloudy. And while it is getting a little cloudier every day, I can clearly remember when that wasn’t the case. I’ve been in higher education IT long enough to recall a time when technology procurement decisions, be it for software or hardware, were made by talking to the relatively […]