Technology is changing every aspect of campus life. Students are bringing up to seven mobile devices to campus, faculty demands more from IT to support innovative educational tools, and administrators want to market a plugged-in campus that appeals to tech-savvy recruits.
There’s a saying in Game of Thrones: when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. IT monitoring for universities might not be quite as dramatic, but for IT managers and system administrators the saying is similar: you either win, or you disconnect.
Higher-ed IT teams are in a difficult position. Even as the explosive growth in mobile devices and data usage on campuses is growing faster than ever, the team – and the team’s budget – often stays the same.
School is back in session for colleges and universities, meaning your campus is swarming with waves of device-toting students and staff running bandwidth-hungry applications. And like Scotty onboard the starship Enterprise (“She cannae take much more captain!”), IT managers have to get more out of an academic network that’s already being pushed to the limit.