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

Serious Backpacker, Grandfather, Volunteer, Advisor, Mentor and still Technologically Aware Greg retired as a technologist who served as a Chief Information Officer in Higher Education at Western Washington University, Missouri University of Science, Technology, George Fox University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard. Other early jobs included IT activity in the oil shale and coal mining industries along with owning a computer store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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

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