Academic Information Management

The differences in managing the information infrastructure between commercial enterprises and academic institutions is highlighted in an article in the latest EDUCAUSE Quarterly entitled ‘The Corporate CIO Model and the Higher Education CIO‘. The following quote struck a nerve:

A corporate CIO must address the needs of the company’s customers and suppliers while focusing mostly on meeting the technological needs of the company’s administrators and employees. The higher education CIO, on the other hand, must meet the technological needs of a broader mix of constituencies, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, potential students, and even the parents of potential students. Moreover, a higher education CIO usually has fewer resources available, both financial and staffing, than those found within the corporate environment.

Most of the literature and thinking is concentrated on the corporate model and we would do well to remember the much wider range and type of information users that must co-exist and flourish in our academic environment.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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