With IT budgets shrinking and challenging economic conditions persisting, an increasing number of higher education institutions are being forced to do more with less. The University of Michigan-Flint, one of the university's two regional campuses, is no exception.
Tulsa Community College has selected Early Alert and Connect from Starfish Retention Solutions to enable the college to identify at-risk students in real time. The system will help campus staff to connect those students with support resources such as an academic advisor, dean of students, healthcare personnel, and other services that can assist the student when help is needed.
Microsoft this week released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, which provides updates to the relational database management system, but no new features.
Moodle, the widely deployed open source learning management system, now has the ability to communicate in real time with Oracle's student information system, the Student Administration Integration Pack, thanks to new features developed by Moodlerooms.
The Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center receives about 50,000 faxes every month. To save paper and the environment, improve efficiency, and avoid the pitfalls of paper-based filing systems, they moved to an outsourced electronic fax service. They've achieved their goals, and the staff and users are 'hooked' on the new service.
Victoria University is building a new, green data center with the help of IBM. The Australian university said it expects the data center to address its increasing data management needs for the next decade and save $300,000 in energy costs in the process.
Apple has given its Xserve line of rackmount servers a performance boost. The new models use Intel Nehalem processors and deliver, according to Apple, "up to an 89 percent improvement in performance per watt."
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has selected eThority Enterprise Edition to perform business intelligence work.
Two universities--Kean University in Union, NJ and Emory University in Atlanta, GA--have gone public with their use of Datawatch's Monarch data mining software to teach students how to perform business intelligence work.
Microsoft announced an online service for IT pros that enables them to test incoming e-mail traffic to Microsoft Exchange Server.