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You Have 99 Jobs. Why is Network Infrastructure One of Them?

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You Have 99 Jobs. Why is Network Infrastructure One of Them?

By Teresa de Onis Last month, I wrote about the higher ed burnout problem and how real it is. I want to return to that topic this week and explore a concept that can help IT teams combat burnout and high workplace stress levels: rightsizing. This topic is important because the pandemic proved that higher ed can be agile when it needs to be. ‘Rona – as I like to call the pandemic – also exposed the underbelly: the gaps in processes to innovate, shortcomings of technology infrastructure, and unsustainable operational and financial models. The pandemic clarified the reasons why over a majority of Americans question the return on investment (ROI) of a college education, as we see calls for greater accessibility, equality, and equity that will not die down once the pandemic is over. The door has opened for higher ed to use this time to let go of…

The Liminal State of Higher Ed

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The Liminal State of Higher Ed

By Teresa de Onis Apogee is headquartered in Austin, Texas, at the boundary between the Texas Hill Country and the prairies of East Texas. We enjoy abundant greenery and forestation with lakes and streams, and our average high temperature in February is a comfy 65 degrees with an average of just four days of rainfall during the month. So, imagine our shock here when Winter Storm Uri hit, and we dipped into the single digits and experienced a statewide emergency. Millions were left without power and water for days between February 13-19. Things normalized on February 20 and all the snow and ice melted as we reached an exquisite high of 67 degrees that day. I knew the storm was coming but had no inkling it would be so cruel. I presumed the roads wouldn’t be drivable since our city isn’t prepared to make them safe, so I stocked up…

It’s Time to Rightsize

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It’s Time to Rightsize

By Teresa de Onis A friend’s daughter is a freshman at a small university here in Texas. On a recent Sunday morning, her Wi-Fi connection in her residence hall dropped. [Sidenote: NOT an Apogee partner, ahem.] Thinking the problem must be on her end, she fired off a rapid series of urgent texts to dad. My internet’s not working. Why can’t I connect? Uggggh. Campus group chats lit up to discuss. Wi-Fi was down all over campus. You’d be forgiven for assuming internet usage among college students would be low on an early Sunday morning. But the story above reaffirms what most of us already knew: Generation Z would rather lose an arm than lose their internet connection. Recent statistics around Generation Z internet usage back this up. More than any previous generation, Gen Z begins using electronic devices at an early age. While younger members of the cohort may…

Rightsize Your Campus Network

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Rightsize Your Campus Network

By Rajiv Shenoy, Matt Loecke, and Teresa de Onis Summary Higher ed will now be forever seen through the eyes of “before COVID-19 and after.” Some schools will fail. Others will win. Students-first leaders must face this crisis with unflinching agility and resolve. There is no accidental success. This white paper dives into the actions you can take now. Introduction The coronavirus instantly upended modern life and threatens to bring higher education to its knees. We can’t let that happen! The full collegiate experience is uniquely American, and it is imperative that the higher education system emerge from the current pandemic crisis stronger than before. Higher education’s mission of increasing prosperity, conducting ground-breaking research, and transforming lives and society must prevail. For the authors of this white paper, college was a rite of passage that changed our lives. It was where Rajiv met his wife and started his business. It…