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Thursday, June 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 4 - Strategic Directions and Decisions for Administrative Systems

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To best support its mission and future in higher education, every institution must focus on its core priorities in support of learning and research. As a complement, business operations need to be agile, dynamic, and flexible; and administrative systems should empower workers with ease of use that facilitates efficiency, accuracy, and consistency. As a counter to that vision, however, CIOs and other leaders are continually asked to find ways to reduce total cost of ownership and free resources for institutional strategic initiatives. As IT leaders and professionals, how do we embrace and support all of this, particularly in the administrative systems realm of our jobs? 

In this session, we will (1) offer some thoughts about the future of administrative systems, including the staffing needs and career paths for IT professionals to align with that future; (2) present DePauw’s strategic direction for transitioning from a home-grown ERP system into its future model of enterprise system architecture; and (3) facilitate a structured discussion about key challenges and opportunities for preparing for this future.


Adam Hughes

Director of Administrative Information Systems, DePauw University
Adam Hughes is the Director of Administrative Information Systems at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. With a background in mathematics and computational chemistry, and as a DePauw alum, he is keenly interested in the role that technology plays in adding value to the liberal arts experience for faculty, staff, and students.

Carol Smith

Chief Information Officer, DePauw University

Thursday June 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Science Addition G14 Science Center