Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

In my work with higher education technology leaders across the country this year, it seems that there are several recurring subjects of concern. Given that much of my focus is on ERP and cloud-based systems, CIOs, CTOs, and directors of technology share their concerns about a few central items that are clearly forming their opinions, their planning directions, and their buying decisions in the ERP/SIS and cloud-systems markets.

A brief overview of Learning Management Systems (LMS) concepts for preparation on E&I’s upcoming LMS contract offering in under 6 minutes. Copyright 2018 E&I Cooperative Services, Inc. (length: 6:45)

Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

As I write this, I’m on a plane headed to Philadelphia for EDUCAUSE 2017, as many others are also. For higher education technology geeks like myself, it is like Christmas in October! Don’t judge me...

First and foremost, I’m looking forward to seeing my close friends in technology leadership from across the country and sharing the work we have been doing with E&I Cooperative Services and the HESS Consortium. I am also looking forward to seeing some new technologies for colleges and universities and learning about how they fit into the fabric of higher education today.

That is a hard thing to assess these days, how new technologies fit and how they can be adopted into technology operations as well as academic instruction. What are the next steps in higher education and technology? Of course, my thinking this is centered primarily on hopes of seeing real and meaningful innovation from the operational and administrative software and systems solution providers on this trip.

Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

I was recently asked to answer a question for the ages!!  THE QUESTION WAS:  With the exit of Ellucian's CEO, what would you do next if you were in charge of Ellucian? It seems like it might be difficult for the company to gain new customers, so what could they do to turn the tide?

Coming from a former higher education CIO perspective, I believe that Ellucian is in the same situation as many of its competitors.  Ellucian management has to look at the changing landscape of higher education and adjust its goals and objectives. The U.S. ERP market in higher education is saturated.  That means that the only way that ERP companies can grow is through sales of new products and services and to convert other companies’ customers to theirs.  Ellucian has been losing some of its market share in both their Banner and Colleague products to newcomers to the market... but all is not lost.

So… to finally answer the question.

Everything you need to know about cloud technologies (the basics) in under 6 minutes so that you can communicate the basics with our members on our E&I cloud services contracts.

Author: 
Keith Fowlkes

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