Change is Good

A common phrase that we throw out in IT circles relates to how quickly technology is changing, yes it is, and sometimes we yearn for a moratorium on this change to give us a chance to catch up. Not going to happen, so love it or leave it, probably is the philosophy IT leaders need to live by. So I love it. But let’s make sure we understand what change really means. I think most of the time change in IT organizations means optimizing, tweaking, tuning or adjusting what we already have just as much as it means adding or replacing. But the key is not to be satisfied. Our networks are a prime example, you really have to be reviewing all aspects of your provisioning and protecting constantly to stay ahead of the game.

Another area where change is the rule is with online learning tools. Not only are you constantly trying to stay on top of what you have but usage patterns can dramatically change causing your tool set strategy to become ineffective. Oh for the days when IT did not empower academics to dream and be creative. But the work that creative faculty cause IT provides the joy that gets us up every morning. No really, that is what it is all about. We are about to finish a snappy little interface between our new PeopleSoft ERP and our Moodle based LMS that builds courses with some logic for automation where needed or faculty control where not. It will probably create all kinds of new support opportunities, this is good.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on June 29, 2010, in ERP, Moodle. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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