Pandemic: Navigating Transformative Change

Top of Mind: Navigating Transformative Change

The year 2020 is like no other we’ve seen in our lifetime. When normality has fallen by the wayside and systemic change is necessary, questions abound. How will campus reopen in the fall? What changes are necessary to support students, staff, and faculty on campus throughout a pandemic? Transformative change has distinct challenges, regardless of […]

Four Trends that Say IT Leaders Should Help Lead the Way

Top of Mind: Four Trends that Say IT Leaders Should Help Lead the Way

For the last decade, and perhaps more, technology leaders in higher education have been engaged in a debate about the CIO as “strategist” or “plumber” and whether the CIO should have a seat at the senior leadership table. Some have gotten there, only to realize that not all seats are created equally. And then the […]

The Rise of the “Next Normal”: A Three-Pronged Approach for Higher Education IT Leaders

Top of Mind: The Rise of the “Next Normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced higher education institutions to change quickly, and potentially for good. It has shown that colleges and universities can do what was previously unimaginable—enable an entirely remote academic and administrative environment and do it within a matter of weeks. The unyielding constraints of a global health crisis have forced institutions to […]

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, […]

Balancing Strategic Priorities in a Time of Crisis

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

There’s an age-old tension between urgent and important, and most IT leaders know it all too well. “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important,” or so the saying goes. But this is much easier said than done. During ‘normal’ times, one’s day can easily get derailed by a system outage, audit […]

#DearVendor: Those Cold Calls, Though

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

A couple of weeks ago, I had plans to write about cold calls as my next #DearVendor post. Then COVID-19 hit and those plans—and seemingly all plans—flew right out the window. So I turned my attention instead to writing about how technology companies could best support their higher education constituents during this unprecedented time (see […]

Talent Management in Higher Education

Attracting and retaining IT staff in higher education has always been a challenge, given constrained budgets that are typical in the higher education landscape. These constraints result in lower salaries for people with technical skills, people who can leverage those skills for higher-paying jobs in industry and the public sector. Also, as colleges and universities […]

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 […]

Leading a Cybersecurity Program within Higher Education with Mike Corn

As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018 (NCSAM 2018), Tambellini’s Katelyn Ilkani talks with Mike Corn, Chief Information Security Officer of University of California San Diego and a Tambellini Group member, about leading cybersecurity efforts within higher education. This discussion covers the importance of security training for campus constituents and ways to deliver training, […]