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Wednesday, 29th October 2008

Outsourcing, Open Source and Budget Cuts

Outsourcing, Open Source and Budget Cuts

It turns out information technology wasn’t immune to the past year’s worsening economic conditions. As colleges across the country adjust their budgets and prepare for possible belt tightening ahead, support for campus network and computing functions could take a hit.

The evidence can be found in the 2008 Campus Computing Project survey of IT in American higher education, released today at the annual Educause conference, held this week in Orlando. The survey also highlights trends that show no signs of slowing down, such as outsourcing of e-mail services and adoptions of mass notification systems for security purposes, and pinpoints some changes to watch for in the future, such as the acceptance of open source and use of clickers in the classroom.

Source: Inside Higher Ed


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