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Business and Policy Areas
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The effectiveness of your information technology environment impacts virtually every business and academic process. NACUBO strives to surface late-breaking trends and resources to keep you up to date. We also collaborate heavily with EDUCAUSE, the association for professionals who plan and manage technology.

Featured Resources

2016 Report from the Enterprise IT Summit

2015 Report from the Administrative IT Summit

2014 Maximizing Value in a Time of Change

2013 Final Report on Administrative IT Services and Systems

In September 2013, NACUBO and EDUCAUSE convened a joint working group to explore how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of campus administrative IT systems. The NACUBO/EDUCAUSE Working Group on Administrative Services and Systems—Final Report describes the group's deliberations and key findings.

Other Resources

College and University Business Administration, 7th Edition - Information Technology
This chapter addresses, from a business officer perspective, the major issues affecting the selection, deployment, use, and financing of information technology. The focus is on topics that are of interest to business officers because they have institutional, functional, and financial impact. Topics covered include IT governance and funding, managing IT costs and effectiveness, enterprise computing, security, the policy environment, academic technologies, and disaster recovery and business continuity.

Examining the Risks of Operating in the Cloud — This webcast discussed common pitfalls, information security strategies, compliance issues with state and federal regulations, and how to manage risks as more assets move to the cloud. Webcast registrants received an advance copy of the white paper, "Managing the Risks of Operating in the Cloud," authored by webcast presenter Philip D. Porter and Michael E. Larner, of Hogan Lovells law firm. (Recorded September 28, 2011)

The Business Case for the Cloud — This webcast can help you gain a better understanding of your integration needs and how finance officers and technology chiefs might work together to make the best decisions for their institutions. Participants received access to an advance copy of the white paper, Capturing the Cloud, Defining the Business Case, authored by SunGard Higher Education. This is the first in a series of white papers and webcasts that will discuss driving trends; near-term concerns including risk, security, and governance issues; uncertainty about return on investment and service provider certification; and questions regarding which business and academic activities are best suited for the cloud. (Recorded May 20, 2011)

Key Findings of EDUCAUSE/NACUBO Cloud Computing Workshop - In February 2010, chief information officers, chief business officers, and industry leaders gathered in Tempe, Arizona, for a two-day EDUCAUSE/NACUBO Cloud Computing Workshop to explore what shape a higher education cloud might take and to identify opportunities and models for partnerships. A white paper entitled Shaping the Higher Education Cloud captures key findings from the workshop, including recommendations for cloud action.

Technology Topics

  • IT Essentials: General information and Business Officer articles, and more information about EDUCAUSE services, too.
  • Privacy: Colleges and universities have an obligation to protect sensitive information and to prevent their systems from being used for attacks on others.

Business Officer Magazine Articles