Last week, I had the privilege of attending the MCSA TechFee hearings. I also attended last year, and it is a great example of IT governance and engagement by our student community.
Listening to the MCSA discussion reminded me of TechFee's mission. While funding of current technology is important, the students also clearly want technology that will bring us to the next level.
I spoke about this topic recently, how technology changes at a rapid pace. That's why we always need to look ahead to what is coming next. Ask yourself these questions: What is the next "new thing" that will have the biggest impact to teaching & learning? To research? And as stewards of the University technology (and taxpayer dollars) what will advance the campus to the top tier?
I've previously shared my vision of some coming changes: small computing devices, "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device), mobile learning, application virtualization, responsive web design, and more. If we don't keep an eye to the future, to how the IT landscape is changing, then we'll find ourselves in a continual race to catch up, rather than breaking new ground.