Chief Optimist - Higher Education Insight for higher education leaders Digital Platform Seeks to Match Employers, Job Seekers and Courses Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Without a four-year degree, finding a job in today’s market is challenging. LinkedIn, Arizona State University, edX and the Markle Foundation are putting their collective smarts and resources together to make it a little easier. Rework America Connected hones in on individuals with two-year degrees or less. The goal is to connect job seekers with employers while offering the chance to enroll in classes if their credentials don’t quite match up yet. When You Clean Up Your Digital Spaghetti, Anything Is Possible Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT (1:07) Companies now have reams of data, thousands of processes and limitless potential. But before you realize that potential, you’ll need to clean up your “digital spaghetti,” as author and researcher Dr. George Westerman puts it. Transform Into a Digital Master Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT (0:50) Dr. George Westerman, author and innovation researcher, discusses rethinking assumptions and taking risks in order to become a Digital Master. 10 Ways to Change a Higher Ed IT Culture Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Every university talks about transforming their IT, but how many are actually following through? After a humbling external review and audit in 2010, the IT department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had no choice but to face the facts and change. Five years later, let’s just say companies like Dell, Oracle and Intel now regularly pay visits to La Crosse to put on a technology showcase open to faculty, staff and students from all over Wisconsin. Talk about a culture shift! Optimism in the Modern Workplace Revealed Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Xerox surveyed over 5,000 people regarding their optimism in the workplace. See the results and learn why optimism is so important for business success. 6 workflow advantages to help you tackle automation hesitation. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT If you're experiencing "automation hesitation," take a look at these benefits of improving workflows. The automated life: Make 24 hours feel like 25 Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Check out these apps and tools that can help you get more done in 24 hours. New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT When it comes to finding highly skilled IT talent, firms usually look for those with expertise in data and analytics, cloud computing, software development, operations and information security. That could be changing. Many employers now look for talent with softer skills, like being able to work well in a team environment and effective written and oral communication abilities. 5 Ways to Create a “Post-PC Environment” Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT As higher education institutions move away from PCs, students are beginning to access everything they need from one generally inexpensive device. Here are five ways Indiana University is effectively moving beyond the traditional personal computer. What Will Keep the CIO Pipeline Flowing? Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT As technology becomes an integral part of our lives, and as it evolves, the next generation of CIOs will have to have a whole new set of skills and training. This is especially true for CIOs in higher education. What should current tech leaders do to prepare and educate the IT leaders of the future? Unpacking the Value of Higher Ed Chief Optimist Exclusive Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Technology has changed not just the way businesses are modeled, but now higher education, too. Students are expecting more from their education, as are the employers who hire them when they graduate. The push for a higher quality education is forcing IT leaders to be more strategic about their investments—and many of them are turning to students to help. New Digital Signage Event for Higher Ed Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT A new conference and trade show just hit the circuit. The EduComm Expo from Exponation will make its big debut in Atlanta in September. At this two-day event, attendees will participate in seminars and workshops that focus on best practices for deployment, utilization and management of campus communications and education technology. How to Choose the Right Cloud Services Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cloud computing can be confusing, let alone choosing the right cloud solution. With a basic understanding of the technical terms and different types of cloud solutions, you can easily start narrowing down the best options for your organization. The Changing Cost of Open Source Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT The $0 price tag of community-built software used to appeal to universities. But this could be an instance when it pays to pay, especially when it comes to faster delivery of outcomes, completion of products and an improved user experience. Also, open source could be critical to risk mitigation in the cloud era. Advice to CIOs: When you’re introducing new tech, focus on the middle Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT When it comes to innovation and technology, it can be hard for CIOs to know exactly what groups to listen to throughout their organization. According to the CIO of a large organization, it’s important to focus on the 80 percent of people who fall right in between the innovators and early adopters and the laggards. Because those two groups that sandwich the middle group are often the hardest to please. [Infographic] From Orientation to Graduation: 9 Factors that Impact Student Engagement Xerox Exclusive Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Colleges and universities are feeling the heat to recruit the right students and keep them engaged and focused through graduation. Here are nine factors that impact student engagement through all four years. Six Emerging Trends Driving Technology in Education Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Universities continue to face more pressure to advance the culture of innovation and to foster environments that accelerate learning and creativity. This has turned into a long-term trend that is expected to impact decision making over the next five years. Here are six trends driving technology adoption on campuses across the country. Higher Education CIOs Weigh in on 2015 Priorities Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT The start of a new calendar year doesn’t mark a new beginning for those in higher education—unless you’re a CIO. At colleges and universities across the country, 2015 holds lots of potential for pushing technology strategies forward. From enhancing the customer experience on campus to using big data to target promising students, here is what four higher-ed CIOs say are their priorities. Twelve Analytics Suggestions for 2015 in #highered Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT When it comes to digital analytics in higher education, many institutions know it’s important but struggle making it a regular practice. At the 2015 Higher Ed Analytics Conference, 12 speakers shared their suggestions on what higher ed leaders should do to help make digital analytics a part of the routine. From focusing on goals to focusing on the money, read what they had to say. The 5 P’s of In-Plant Efficiency at Wartburg College Graham Garner Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT See how a Xerox and the five P’s helped Wartburg College get the most out of their in-plant. Prioritize agility in these five key areas today. Jim Joyce Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT You know why agility is important. Now read what Jim Joyce says are the five key areas to make it a focus in your organization. Promising Payback on CIO/CMO Collaboration Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT As more and more CIOs and CMOs collaborate to help their organizations stay agile and focused, the results are proving to be impactful—especially for accelerated growth. How would President John Adams use the internet? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Many universities are still using the traditional model of education. Read on for more about integrated traditional and digital education. Infographic: Think you're secure? Why you may be surprised. Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Even with secure firewalls, anti-virus software and strict rules and regulations in place, your organization can still face this one big threat. The Notebook Evolved Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Evernote leveraged the smartphone and the cloud to revolutionize the human memory. Why Failure Is Critical for Innovation Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT (3:25) Steve Hoover, CEO, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, explains why being open to failure and rewarding it are common attributes of highly innovative cultures. Ready, Willing and Agile in Higher Ed Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jim Joyce, Xerox Vice President, talks about the way converging technologies are bringing new agility to the workplace, its workers and the world at large. Former Secretary of State to Deliver Keynote at Business Process Event Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT This exciting 2-day event will feature Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. What’s Next in the Future of Work Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mike Zimmer sits down with Fortune magazine to discuss what opportunities lie ahead in this constantly connected world of work. The Future of Work Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT (9:37) See how the workplace is changing and what’s next for organizations looking to stay ahead in this exclusive interview with Fortune magazine and Mike Zimmer, President of Large Enterprise Operations—U.S. at Xerox. The Mobile Revolution: Way Bigger Than Apps Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT (1:07) It's easy to see how apps have changed the way we use mobile phones, but more is coming in mobile. Much more. Futurist Robert Scoble explains what the mobile revolution really means in this interview from the new Chief Optimist magazine issue. The Miracle of Little Data Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT (1:32) In this interview from the new issue of Chief Optimist magazine about convergence, futurist Shel Israel explains why the future will be less about “big data” and more about what he calls "the miracle of little data." Connecting to the Future of Work Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT What Xerox® ConnectKey® can do for business processes and security. Delivering a Higher Standard of Education Chris Swezey Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Why Berklee College of Music is putting students first, thinking creatively and partnering up. How One College is Improving Processes Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT (0:36) Chris Swezey, Director of Auxiliary Services at Berklee College of Music, explains. New Ways to Secure Your Intellectual Property Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Why protecting your school’s most prized information requires a look at your printers. Thumbs Up For Collegiate Cost Control Ed Gala Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Universities are finding creative ways to keep tuition costs down and deliver better student services. Why Embracing One-of-a-Kind Ideas is Essential for Survival Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT (2:06) Doing things a little better than everyone else no longer cuts it. We live in an age where standout originality controls the game. See why cofounder of Fast Company Bill Taylor says to compete you need to redefine competition. How are companies of all sizes taking pressure off their resources? Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT (4:15) Companies large and small are looking to Managed Print Services to free up precious resources. Angèle Boyd, Group VP and General Manager of Imaging/Output Document Solutions at IDC, details what to look for in a provider. Meeting the “Change Challenge” in Higher Education Loretta Parham Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Change as a result of technology is uncontrollable. Get on board and be a part of it to ensure that the mission of your organization is fulfilled. Manage People at the Speed of Change Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Ann Rhoades’ guide to building a dynamic culture fit to revolutionize an industry. Safeguarding Student Privacy Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT What many colleges and universities are doing to ensure their students’ data is safe and sound. Why is adaptation worth executive-level attention? Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT (1:35) There are more things competing for the average executive’s attention today than ever before. But the best execs recognize that adaptation is what keeps companies alive. Former founding EVP of People at JetBlue Ann Rhoades explains. How do you find employees capable of change? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT (1:37) They say change is never easy. But for some people, it is. Former Executive VP of People at JetBlue, Ann Rhoades, explains how to find employees who are capable of adapting at the speed of business today. Educational Technology Overload Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Turning fear and avoidance into a defining opportunity. Why Optimists Will Win the Future William C. Taylor Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Four questions leaders should answer as they steer their organizations into the future. College Campuses Uncover New Revenue Sources Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT How to leverage your print shop to boost savings and bring in new revenue. How do leaders keep change initiatives going? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT (3:05) What do Peter Drucker, Machiavelli and Mike Tyson have in common? They all know plans to effect major change can be easily derailed. Kevin Warren, President of Xerox U.S. Client Operations, explains. Three Keys to Building a Business that Embraces Change Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT (1:53) President of Xerox U.S. Client Operations Kevin Warren sees change as cause for optimism. Why is change a good? How do you harness it? And what can you do to keep adapting? Watch to find out. Personalization Pays Off for Higher Education Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Finding unique ways to differentiate is easy with a Managed Print Services partner.