To help IT pros automate the provisioning and management of services deployed to the recently released Windows Azure cloud offering, Microsoft has released a new version of its Windows Azure Service Management (WASM) Cmdlets for PowerShell.
The University of Maine in Orono will be using a governance model from 4tell Solutions to track sustainability efforts. The company sells a number of reporting systems that draw data from multiple sources to provide a dashboard view of performance in specific areas. The university will be using iPlan Sustainable Performance Governance.
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA has gone public with its use of cloud computing for application integration. The college is using a cloud integration platform from Cast Iron Systems to secure two-way exchange of real-time information between SalesForce CRM, Westmont's on-demand constituent relationship management application, and its Datatel enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, which runs on the college's private network.
Liquidware Labs has added a new function within its migration assessment tool that enables IT administrators to perform a "one-click" assessment of the readiness of desktops for the migration.
TopSchool has begun rolling out a set of Web services that allows its customers to extend the functionality of the company's student lifecycle management applications.
Leo Irakliotis has been the victim of an institutional security breach. Yet, after two years of monitoring his credit reports, the new dean of Nova Southeastern University's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences said the possibility of the thief using his Social Security number for illegal activity doesn't concern him nearly as much as the general incompetence of people who have access to his personal information as a matter of course in their jobs.
Gathering data isn't much of a problem for colleges in today's information age, but getting that data into a format that's useful for administrators, faculty, and students is a completely different story. To help manage and disseminate the information being generated in this electronic age, some schools are turning to the very source of the overload: the technology itself.
The American College of Healthcare Sciences, which provides holistic health education online, has selected TopSchool for student lifecycle management.
Four community colleges in New Hampshire have adopted software for data analysis from Rapid Insight, a company based in that state. Manchester Community College, White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Nashua Community College, and River Valley Community College in Claremont have all selected Rapid Insight as their analytical software provider.
Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario has gone public with a 2009 upgrade to its databases into a clustered environment to improve the availability, performance, and scalability of its Oracle PeopleSoft applications.