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ECAR

WORKING
GROUPS
Year in Review
Karen A. Wetzel, Program Manager, ECAR Working Groups
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference • October 27, 2015

ECAR Working Groups bring together IT professionals from
diverse institutions to address converging challenges and
enable higher education institutions to prepare for the future.

FOCUS AREAS

CYBERINFRASTRUCTU
RE
Focused on distributed
computing, big data,
networks, communications technology, etc.

DATA & ANALYSIS
There is an increasing
need to focus on the
emerging challenges to
how institutions
manage and use data.

COMMUNICATIONS

CLOUD

IT support for
communications and
collaboration goes far
beyond basic
telephony in order to
provide essential
services.

Cloud services are
transforming how
higher education
stores, accesses, and
uses data.

IT SERVICES,
MANAGEMENT, &
LEADERSHIP

MOBILE

A focus on IT as a
service and the need to
ensure that funding,
management, and
leadership support those
services.

The Internet of Things,
network needs, mobile
applications, mobile
user experience,
accessibility, and use
in teaching and
learning.

A FOCUS ON CLOUD

Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud







An Introduction
Developing Cloud-Aware Governance
Transforming the IT Organization
Building a Migration Plan
Managing Risk
Operationalizing the Cloud
Supporting Users

Research Computing in the Cloud
TCO for Cloud Services

IT service delivery, mobility, funding, data management,
research, infrastructure, security, and leadership are all being
affected by the move to the cloud.

DATA REIGNS


Developing an Institutional DMP Service (2013)
Research Data Storage Framework (2014)
Big Data Series (2014-2015):






An Introduction
Infrastructure
Security/Privacy
Curation

Data Governance
Data Stewardship
Data Protection
Predictive Learning Analytics

“To optimize services and operations, and to be competitive,
universities must have … a common, informed mindset that
values data as an institutional asset for advancing the university’s
mission.”

WE’RE SEEING AN IMPACT






Model IT Service Catalog
Cost of Distributed IT
Funding Models
ITSM
Information Security Leaders
Developing IT Leaders
IT Strategic Plans

“The IT department is no longer simply responsible for
provisioning IT infrastructure and services, but increasingly
helps to re-envision business and service models—all in a
context of cost and accountability pressures.”
- Technology Leadership in Higher Education:
Defining the Strategic Leader of Tomorrow

IT’S ABOUT ENGAGEMENT

294 146 9
MEMBERS

INSTITUTION
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COUNTRIE
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PLUS REVIEWERS, CONTRIBUTORS, AND
MORE

2015 BY THE NUMBERS

PRODUCED

IN PROGRESS

➜ 7 Technology Spotlights
➜ 11 Working Group Papers
➜ 3 EDUCAUSE Review Articles
➜ 9 Presentations

➜ 3 Technology Spotlights
➜ 13 Working Group Papers
(six by end of 2015)
➜ More in planning

GROUPS
➜ 17 WORKING GROUPS
➜ STRATEGIES COMMITTEE

From 2010 – 2014 there were 14 papers published by 5
working groups. In 2015 alone, we have published 17 papers
from 8 groups thus far… and aren’t done!

2015 PUBLICATIONS & PROJECTS
PUBLISHED

IN PROGRESS

➜ Technology Spotlights (1-7)
➜ Technology Leadership and the CIO
➜ The Compelling Case for Data
Governance
➜ The Higher Education IT Service Catalog:
A Working Model for Comparison and
Collaboration
➜ TCO for Cloud Services: A Framework
➜ Preparing the IT Organization for the
Cloud (Parts 1-3)
➜ Big Data in the Campus Landscape:
Security and Privacy
➜ Research Computing in the Cloud:
Functional Considerations for Research
➜ Calculating the Cost of Distributed IT
➜ Predictive Learning Analytics: Fueling
Actionable Intelligence

➜ Technology Spotlights (8-10)
➜ Big Data in the Campus Landscape:
Curation
➜ Data Owners: Establishing
Stewardship Models
➜ Data Protection: A Fundamental Shift
➜ Developing Future IT Leaders
➜ IT Funding Models: Current
Limitations and Needs
➜ IT Service Management
➜ The IT Strategic Plan is Dead; Long
Live the IT Strategic Plan
➜ Information Security Leadership
➜ Managing Mobile Apps in Higher Ed:
Best Practices
➜ Preparing Your IT Organization for
the Cloud (Parts 4-7)
➜ Risk Management for
Communications Technology

LOOKING AHEAD: 2016
IN QUEUE
➜ 10 Technology Spotlights
➜ 8 Working Group Publications
➜ Integration of ECAR Research Bulletins
IN PLANNING
➜ Expanded Engagement: Webinars, workshops,
etc.
➜ Digital Liberal Arts
➜ Higher Ed Partnerships
➜ Privacy
➜ Research Computing
WHAT YOU CAN DO
➜ Share about ECAR-WG at the conference
➜ Listen for and bring new project ideas
➜ Engage colleagues

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KEEP INFORMED
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KEEP IN TOUCH
ECARWG@educause.edu or
kwetzel@educause.edu