IT Trends
An Electronic Newsletter for IT Professionals in Higher Ed


  • The 2011 IT Agenda in Higher Ed: 3 Perspectives

    Leaders in higher education IT departments shared their technology plans for 2011 with Campus Technology. Despite predictions of flat IT budgets, their organizations are taking on ambitious projects and actually continuing to beef up services for faculty and students, moving into app development, shoring up wireless infrastructure, virtualizing servers and desktops, and experimenting with newer mobile platforms.


IT News

  • Blackboard Buys Higher Ed Support Firm Presidium

    Blackboard is expanding its footprint in the services and support arena with the purchase of Presidium, a company that provides call center support services to hundreds of higher education clients.

  • Microsoft's Live@edu To Morph into Office 365

    Microsoft has shared additional details for its next generation of Live@edu. Named Office 365, the set of cloud-based applications adds additional collaboration and communication components and is scheduled to appear in the second half of 2011.

  • Meraki Enters Wired Market, Introduces Network as a Service Pricing

    Meraki is taking Cisco head-on and entering the wired networking gear space with the release of two new routers intended for branch deployment. However, the company, which up until now has specialized in catering to the wireless space, continues its practice of pushing device management into the cloud.

  • 3 Universities Knocked by Security Breaches

    Over the last two months, three American universities have been mopping up from data breaches, the largest--at Ohio State University--affecting 760,000 people. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's security incident involved 60,000 people; and a St. Louis University breach affected staff employed by the university for five years or longer.

  • Boston U Goes Online for Donor Management

    Boston University is employing a Web-based application from Blackbaud to support a major fundraising effort.

  • Live@edu Gaining Higher Ed Traction

    Microsoft's Live@edu software has gained 4 million new student users over the last three months around the world.

  • 2 Universities Move Student Process Management Online

    Two universities, both with international programs, have adopted CAMS Enterprise, a Web-based suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications from Three River Systems, for managing student-related processes.