Tag Archives: IT Planning

IT Staffing Ratios Benchmarks

IT staffing ratios benchmarks should be checked each year against your own IT staffing ratios to be sure you still match up with current IT staffing trends. As important as it is to check industry specific IT staffing ratios benchmarks, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Information Technology Control and Audit Fourth Edition

Information Technology Control and Audit, Fourth Edition is one of a handful of books I think of as a must have reference book on every CIO’s bookshelf or in the IT department library. Now in its fourth edition, Information Technology Control … Continue reading

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Big Data in Higher Education

Big data in higher education is one topic I will finally admit that I just can’t get excited about. Mostly because I question the existence of big data in higher education and the collective willingness to take any action on … Continue reading

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Creating a Customer Centric IT Organization Chart

The IT organization chart is much more than the IT organization structure or the IT operating model it symbolizes it is also a communication tool. The IT organization chart is an expression of the CIO’s values and orientation as the … Continue reading

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IT Stress Test – Lessons from Submarines

IT stress test scenarios using lessons from submarines will determine the IT department’s minimum operating levels and what is truly critical. Using some analogies from my time on submarines seemed like an interesting and relevant way to further illustrate the … Continue reading

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IT Stress Test for Colleges and Universities

An IT stress test is a “what-if” scenario analysis of an IT department’s ability to scale down or scale up its costs, staffing, and capacity in response to changes in the economy, funding, or other forms of business stress. With … Continue reading

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IT Organization Structure and Operating Models

Reorganizing IT departments and questions on choosing the right IT organization structure, or the right IT organizational chart, are still common issues. There are also issues filled with many traps and potentially career-limiting decisions. Of course, you could always outsource … Continue reading

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Alternative Payment Systems Reducing the Cost of College

Alternative payment systems can reduce the cost of college for students, add convenience, and eliminate the cost of tuition payment systems. In many ways this should be a no-brainer for CFO’s and CIO’s. Yet roughly 50% of all colleges and … Continue reading

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IT Governance and the LMS – Principles of IT Governance

IT Governance and the LMS is an attempt to explain IT governance operationally as it relates to any application using the LMS as an example. So although this post will substitute the ‘any application’ with the LMS, readers should be … Continue reading

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5 Myths of IT Governance

I discovered 5 myths of IT governance while following a recent discussion of college CIO’s which are common misconceptions of IT governance. This post picks up from the Definition of IT Governance: What many colleges get wrong by focusing on more general … Continue reading

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