Magazine article University Business

IT Departments Making Strides, Facing Cuts

Magazine article University Business

IT Departments Making Strides, Facing Cuts

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CAMPUS IT DEPARTMENTS MADE GREAT STRIDES IN IMPROVING emergency notification systems between fall 2007 and fall 2008, according to the 2008 Campus Computing Survey. The number of colleges and universities reporting no operational emergency notification system fell to 5.5 percent in fall 2008; last year one-quarter did not have one. Community colleges are least likely to have a system, with 13 percent of them reporting not having one. All public universities participating in the survey reported having systems in place.

The use of delivery methods for these systems also increased, with text messaging rising by more than 75 percent, voicemail to campus phones and off-campus phones increasing by about 50 percent, and e-mail notification growing by nearly a third. "Campus officials have come to recognize that technology is an essential component" in managing campus crisis strategies, says Kenneth C. Green, Campus Computing Project's founding director.

For the first time, the survey included Software as a Service (SaaS) and Open Source administrative applications. Respondents were asked if their schools would migrate to either by 2013. …

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