IT 'insourcing' at Creighton U
Campus Technology Magazine
Instead of looking outward for a vendor-supplied solution, Nebraska's Creighton University tapped into its own staff's brainpower to develop a consolidated calendaring system from scratch. The result was not only an initial cost savings--even with a financial incentive offered--but also the addition of a new revenue stream for the school as third-party organizations became interested in using the internally developed code.
• By Bridget McCrea
When colleges need a new piece of technology to solve a challenge or handle a specific task, the natural route is to consider options offered by one or more vendors, talk to other institutional IT teams about what they're using and, eventually, purchase and install a solution.
When Creighton University of Omaha, NE needed a more robust, campus-wide calendaring system, Brian A. Young took a decidedly different route. As vice president and CIO for the school, Young enlisted the help of his three-person IT team to develop the best possible solution to a problem that had been plaguing the institution for years.
It's Time to Insource
Campus Technology Magazine
One CIO 'insources' a new calendaring solution, and gets top-flight technology in exchange for creative and financial incentives.
• By Brian A. Young
DURING MY TENURE as the vice president and CIO for Creighton University (NE), I have had plenty of explore and implement new technologies that support our mission of teaching, research, and patient care. Yet,always with the implementation of new technologies comes the search for resources (both financial as well as human)needed to develop, implement, and support applications and infrastructure. Of course, exploring each new technology challenge gives us the opportunity to apply lessons learned, as well as the latitude to search our creative spirit for unique ways to bring the best solutions to campus. It is this kind of innovative approach that has enabled Creighton technologists to plan and successfully institute many projects that enhance our mission-- all to the benefit of our students,faculty, and staff.
Business Officer Magazine
SUBMITTED BY Brian A. Young, vice president and chief information officer, Creighton University, Omaha
College campuses are likely suspects when it comes to organizations with multiple constituent groups that must each manage a rich schedule of events. Communicating these activities to diverse target audiences (including individual schools, colleges, programs, and campus groups) results in a huge number of independent calendars and messaging systems. Confusion, overlapping events, double booking of resources, and difficulty in locating particular events often ensues.
This was clearly the case at Creighton University, Omaha, before the information technology department's leadership issued an “insourcing” challenge to the IT staff.