Bowles says cut the crap!

| September 11, 2009

These are truly interesting times. There is an adulterous relationship between philanthropy and corruption. When I hear that an agency is dedicated to education and service, or the upliftment of the needy, my gut instinct is to check and make sure it is not a con. Too many times in this capitalist society the needs […]

The Primary Function of a CIO and Higher Education During The Budget Crisis

| September 10, 2009

Over the past several weeks I have been receiving phone calls from CIO’s and administrators around the country. Inquiring into the most effective way to cut their Information Technology budget, during these times of ever shrinking budgets throughout higher education. The budget cut numbers for Technology that I’ve been hearing throughout our industry range from […]

Maintenance Monstrocities

| August 21, 2009

It is not always easy being the manager of delicate budgets dedicated to the precious IT systems so critical to the operations of an entire university. It seems that with the large dollar amounts come excessive purchasing regulations, tedious contractual monstrosities, and of course critical, crucial, “if we don’t buy the platinum level we will […]

Budget Freeze Tag

| August 19, 2009

The current NC State financial climate, so eloquently depicted as a “distasteful” trickle down crisis related to Federal deficits, by NC senator Perdue, has truly trickled down. (see link below) The crisis has greatly affected every level of the marketplace. It has hit so hard that even the state personnel line item felt the crunch […]