February 2019 Thoughts and Updates

One thing I am thinking about a lot these days is how to communicate more regularly here at this site. One easy way to do that is to share my thoughts on some of the recent initiatives happening around ITS. I doubt I will do this every month, but lots of things have...

Advice

I always find it interesting when I get an email from someone asking for my advice on something that I really don’t know much about. Typically it is for an esoteric slice of information technology that isn’t really in my wheel house. I usually oblige, but...

Partners Wanted

My goal is to write at least one of these community-wide messages each semester. Since we’re already in the thick of the spring term, I want to take the time to do so now so that I can tell you about some of the ways that we have been supporting the fantastic work...

January 2019 ITS Re Org Update

Since starting at Northeastern in July of 2018 I have been thinking carefully about ways to make ITS a more modern technology organization, to meet the demands of Northeastern 2025, and to provide more learning and career growth opportunities. I took my time to try to...

The Rules of Engagement

Thanks to all for a great All-Hands Meeting last week. To those who were there, you got to see me embarrass myself (and my kids) a little bit. That may be motivation enough for those of you not able to attend to watch the video recording that we’ll be sharing on...

Team(work)

Change isn’t easy. Whether it is a technical change, an organizational change, or a culture shift, variations from what we are used to are difficult. Those latter two types of change are often the hardest. I bring this up is because ITS itself must change to keep up...

To Retrain or to Hire? That Is the Tech Talent Question

A good read, sent to me by a colleague this morning. The CIOs I know are having this conversation all the time, but it may be slightly more nuanced in higher education. While we know our institutions are facing a wave of digital disruption, we also know that we are...

Answering the Bell

Welcome to the new school year! Fall on campus brings so much excitement. For me, this new school year is especially exciting because this will be my first at Northeastern University. In the short time that I’ve been here, I’ve hit the ground learning about the great...