Which technologies are most important to college and university IT officials?

Technology trends, spending and projects at colleges and universities.

Top IT projects are ranked. Katrina yields more data backups. Fine-tune your disaster plans.

Critical Technologies

Which technologies are most important to college and university IT officials and senior academic officers? Did somebody say “network security”?

SCALE: 1=NOT IMPORTANT; 7=VERY IMPORTANT

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SOURCE: CAMPUS COMPUTING PROJECT

Post-Katrina Data Backups

After Hurricane Katrina, 45 percent of IT managers surveyed by the research firm Gartner Group had backed up their data. In 2004, only 6 percent said they backed up or replicated data.

I.T. to-do list…

According to a poll of college and university IT managers, their top five projects for 2006 are:

1. Upgrade infrastructure

3. Expand wireless networks

2. Increase security/protect data

4. Improve quality of Web site

5. Centralize data center

SOURCE: CDW•G SURVEY

Storm Warnings

A survey of higher ed IT managers found that 56 percent have confidence in their disaster recovery plans, while 36 percent have updated those plans or are in the process of doing so.

Changes required, but unfunded: 3%

Not sure: 5%

Dramatically updated: 8%

Under revision: 28%

No changes required: 56%

SOURCE: CDW•G SURVEY

Oct 31 2006

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