Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6 Keys to Working with Vendors in a Next-Gen Enterprise IT World - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As IT departments become "brokers" rather than single-service providers, vendor management skills are becoming paramount. Here's how two institutions deal with contracts, vendor relationships and more. When Educause called out "next-generation enterprise IT" as one of its top 10 IT issues in 2017, the higher education technology association also asked members of its advisory board to explain just what's meant by that. Michael Quiner, CIO at Oregon's Linn-Benton Community College, says "The new baseline for enterprise IT is to anticipate the needs of the institution and look outside the services and systems traditionally found in the IT department," Quiner explained. "The new goal of enterprise IT is to make the college's 'Christmas list' a reality by looking beyond what our campus already has on our IT shelves and by becoming a broker instead of a single-service provider."

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