Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The CIO is struggling for relevance in the university environment

This post suggests that students are less reliant on university services; they are happy with a "dumb pipe" to Web 2.0 services. So university CIOs are basically cast as telecomm providers rather than, well, CIOs.
No wonder that the prevailing discussion among the university CIOs was about "relevance". Users no longer value what they do. It doesn't require a "C" title to keep fat pipes to the wide-open Internet open. A zillion free hosted services on the web have replaced the functionality of the IT departments service by service, just as minerals replace the cells in dinosaur bones. Talk of extinction was in the air, and rightly so.

The Long Tail: Who needs a CIO?

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