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EDUCAUSE’s Top 10 IT Issues Reveal Need for Effective Resourcing – Apogee Shares Three Key Ways Schools Can Transform Their Technology Investments
February 23, 2016

AUSTIN, TX – February 23, 2016 – Colleges and universities are choosing to replace ineffective legacy technologies and practices with newer, more practical resourcing models and infrastructure, according to EDUCAUSE. In its January 11, 2016, article headlined “Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate,” EDUCAUSE reported that schools are not only grappling with a multitude of changes in technology, but are also struggling to “apply existing methods to new problems”.

Apogee, higher education’s largest ResNet and video solutions provider, understands the competing priorities that administrators face as they build the technological foundations on which their organizations will thrive or fail. The company has partnered with hundreds of schools to analyze their institutional goals and draw up sustainable roadmaps for growth, all built with flexible funding models that support innovation.

Here are the three ways that Apogee believes schools will transform and grow, while positioning their institutions to capitalize on emerging technologies.

1) Recognize the Need for Efficacy:
EDUCAUSE noted that “In 2016, higher education IT organizations are divesting themselves of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and of practices that have become inefficient.” They are also “reinvesting to develop the necessary capabilities and resources to use information technology to achieve competitive institutional differentiation in student success, affordability, and teaching and research excellence.”

With this overarching goal in mind, Apogee agrees with EDUCAUSE that higher education IT organizations are now being run more like business units, rather than cost centers. To EDUCAUSE’s recognition of the need for schools to develop new funding models to sustain growth, Apogee is proud of the tenets of budgetary stability and risk reduction built into the company’s DNA. Apogee combats rapidly-inflating costs through guaranteed service levels built into every partner university agreement, and maintains adaptable solutions that predict and stay ahead of quickly developing technologies and changing student preferences.

2) Make 2016 the Year of the Student
There has been a fundamental shift in the way higher ed institutions apply and prioritize key technology innovations. Recognizing that a good student experience is a competitive advantage in a fiercely-combative educational landscape, EDUCAUSE notes that schools that are focused on smart IT investments can potentially improve student life and outcomes.

“In many ways, the consumer revolution has forced schools to rethink the way they engage with our end customers – students. The explosion of mobile and smart devices, and student appetite for content has resulted in a greater emphasis on technology as being not just a key driver for education, but as a foundational element for student satisfaction, engagement and retention,” Chuck Brady, CEO

To cater to this millennial hunger for content, Apogee has developed Stream2, the company’s next-generation customizable IPTV solution. Stream2 combines entertainment and university content to create a unique experience that meaningfully speaks to today’s students. Universities can now provide the sophisticated entertainment programming that students have come to expect, along with tailored campus-related content, proven to keep students engaged and an active part of campus life.

3) Adapt quickly in times of change
EDUCAUSE expounded on the need for schools to create IT processes, organizational structures, staff roles and cultures that are open and flexible enough to adapt to change. For more than 20 years, Apogee has served as an extension of their IT teams, creating adaptive environments conducive to the adoption of new technologies, while allowing CFOs to develop predictable budgets for unpredictable IT needs.

Through its outsourced ResNet and video solutions, the company has continuously helped its partner universities to move toward greater agility by:

  • Scaling infrastructure to meet the growing needs of students, but balancing demand with cost management. Apogee offers flexible financing, guaranteed service levels and budget predictability, even as bandwidth grows
  • Enhancing the student experience and retention by providing value-added services such as wireless, traditional cable TV and IPTV
  • Delivering infrastructure reliability, compliance and performance, even during peak hours
  • Preventing outages and troubleshooting problems in a timely manner with 24/7/365 monitoring and support

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) & video solutions in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing Officers to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. Find out why nine out of 10 schools that outsource their ResNet choose Apogee at apogee.us.

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