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Keyword: management

magnifying glassYou’ve probably spent a lot of time and money to ensure compliance with government regulations and industry best practices. Whether you deal with SOX, HIPAA, PCI, or another set of controls for your industry, you’ve probably made a substantial investment to ensure you’re fully compliant.

Information systems play a critical role in many of these frameworks. Data security is intimately linked to privacy rules. Retention requirements are easily met through backups. IT staff and management are well versed in the rulebook, but what about your end users? While it is often easy to understand the technical controls that need to be in place, your internal policies and procedures are often equally as important. ...Read More

Are you using policies and procedures (P&Ps) to satisfy regulatory requirements or to accelerate workforce performance and results?

Many organizations use P&Ps to mitigate legal risk; we think that’s important but it’s just as important to ensure consistent delivery of products or services. So instead of thinking of P&Ps as a defensive measure or “checking the box” to avoid legal exposure, consider using this process as a way to improve the efficiency of operations, reduce costs and to increase the quality of products or services....Read More

Too many organizations have made substantial investments in IT only to see those initiatives fail spectacularly despite their potential. Whether it’s a new ERP system, a cutting edge SaaS solution, or just a routine system refresh, your investments will be wasted if your staff doesn’t know how to best utilize the tools provided.

Here’s three things to consider about training:

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IT equals constant change. The rapid pace of growth and change is often reflected in ad hoc organizational designs. Managers rarely have the time to plan (or reassess) IT org design requirements. Soon you’ve got staff wearing multiple hats that conflict with one another. Internal priorities become unclear as staff headcount grows and reporting chains become murky. New hires are simply thrown into the mix, left to deal with the existing internal politics and unclear boundaries. So things get done, but the execution is no longer world class. Finally, service delivery issues increase and retention degrades, creating the need for a focused org design discussion....Read More

Is there a place for BYOD (Bring your own device) in Higher Education? Well, given that over 60% of employees already use their personal devices for work in some way, the question is no longer relevant. A more appropriate question is “What are the BYOD related benefits and costs?”, and this blog will help you begin to think about this question for your institution.

When answering this question, I think BYOD has different applicability for the 3 categories of users in a Higher Education environment:

  1. Employees (Faculty and staff)
  2. Students
  3. Visitors
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Mar 2015