Supporting Frontline IT Purchasing in the Cloud Era

Gain visibility into unit tech buying and drive use of central IT vendor evaluation expertise

This report profiles the ways innovative institutions are preventing license and functionality duplication, security risks, and bad contracts in today’s hyper-decentralized, "consumerized" market.

Frontline IT purchasing study

The rapid consumerization of IT across different areas of campus is becoming the new normal in technology acquisition. Along with the steady decline in technology price points and the quickening pace of IT penetration, CIOs are working against independent budgets and vendors who market direct-to-end users.

This is a growing challenge for IT leaders—but also an opportunity for meaningful change. While non-expert purchasing has many risks, distributed purchasing environments offer CIOs a tremendous opportunity to facilitate campus digitization. With appropriate measures for discovering distributed purchasing and effective methods for education and partnership with buyers, CIOs can leverage their peers to ensure safe and cost-effective IT acquisition across the institution.

Download the complete executive brief or explore the table of contents below to discover two major areas of opportunity where colleges and universities should focus their energy to have the most significant impact on distributed purchasing engagements.

Section 1: Best Practices in Supporting Frontline IT Purchasing

Scaling expertise in technology procurement demands careful allocation of limited IT resources across a wide user base. To maximize IT's impact, progressive higher education institutions are limiting purchasing authority and driving contracts through discoverable channels, while creating dedicated resources to insert "light-touch" technology expertise directly into end users' procurement processes.

Section 2: Deciphering Opportunities on Your Campus

Recognizing the need for cross-campus support in IT initiatives, the brief includes a discussion section to guide a 60-minute working session convened by the CIO or his/her staff. Four pages of self-evaluation diagnostics will enable institutions to assess the current state of purchasing on campus and identify areas ripe for policy course-correction or resource re-allocation.


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