Integration: What it is and why it matters for higher education

These ready-to-use resources will help IT leaders explain to a non-technical audience what integration is and why it matters in higher education.

These resources summarize the IT Forum's best practices in enterprise integration for non-technical audiences, allowing CIOs and technology leaders to involve campus leadership teams in investments to keep campus agile in an increasingly digital world.

Explaining integration to non-technical higher education audiences

As the number of technologies on campus increases, IT teams are working constantly to integrate and manage the institution’s growing digital portfolio. But chasing project after project has left colleges and universities with a spider web of direct integrations between old and new systems, which is now crippling their ability to adopt and use new technologies. Overhauling this legacy integration architecture is expensive and requires close collaboration between project sponsors and IT.

Communicating these technical needs to non-technical stakeholders is a growing challenge for IT leaders—but also an opportunity to gain support for a digital strategy that unites the institution's various silos. Educated campus partners are invaluable for implementing longer-term digital roadmaps and improving technology ROI. With careful delineation of the costs, risks, and opportunities of enterprise integration, CIOs can leverage their peers to accelerate progress towards a holistic digital platform for the institution.

Download the campus leadership brief and our plug-and-play board presentation to access ready-made resources for kick-starting institutional integration strategies. Both resources include a non-technical exploration of integration, a compelling case for why it matters in higher education, and a call-to-arms for institutional peers on any campus.

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