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Friday, September 28, 2018

Perspectives on the Future of the Profession: Looking Forward, Then and Now | EDUCAUSE Review

IT professionals are engaged in more than could even have been imagined two decades ago. Yet the issues discussed then continue to resonate today and offer insight into the future of the profession.

Nearly twenty years ago, a panel of technology leaders selected by EDUCAUSE Review answered questions about the future of the higher education IT field.1 by Paige Francis, PB Garrett, Cindy Mitchell, Sharon P. Pitt, and Theresa Rowe.


Much has changed since. IT professionals are engaged in more than could even have been imagined two decades ago. Yet the issues discussed then continue to resonate today and offer insight into the future of the profession. Below we offer our thoughts on, and answers to, these same questions...

Where do we go from here? Forward. Technology has evolved from systems to solutions and services. Leadership has changed from task-driven to strategy-focused. Response has moved from reactive to proactive. For the most part, technology leadership and vision has matched the pace of change with little fanfare. Responsibility has pivoted to the entire institution in holding IT professionals accountable for performance and response and for meeting campus needs and wants. The campus as a whole must remain engaged in strategy, understanding that technology is no longer simply a (sometimes confusing) utility but is a strong, complementary facilitator in all facets of the mission and operation of the higher education institution.
 
Just the idea of how these questions above might be answered in 2038 is mind-blowing. 
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Source: EDUCAUSE Review