TAKING THE PLUNGE: One school’s experience with unified communications
Unifying communications in the higher education ITcomputing environment isn’t easy, but it sure can be worthwhile. According to the “2009 Unified Communications Tracking Poll” from CDW-G (www.cdwg.com), technologists at colleges and universities are finding that unified communications (UC) increases productivity and reduces operating costs across the board.
It’s also easier to manage than a bunch of disparate systems.
So says Chet Strebe, CIO for Information Systems and Instructional Technology with Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau, Wis. Since the early part of this decade, Strebe has engineered a UC deployment that is actually still growing.
Four Tips for Better Unified Communications
It’s no secret that technologists across industry sectors are unified in support of Unified Communications (UC). After decades of approaching voice and data communications as separate silos, a growing number of CIOs now are taking a more centralized approach. According to a late 2008 survey by Gartner (www.gartner.com), 82 percent of respondents were planning a new facility or deploying a program to include component technologies for unified communications.
According to the “2009 Unified Communications Tracking Poll” from CDW-G (www.cdwg.com ), the story is slightly different in higher education. While technologists at colleges and universities are finding that unifying communications over one platform increases productivity and reduces operating costs across the board, there are some unique attributes to UC implementations in that space:
For more information, go to: www.cdwg.com/highereducation