Landscape attended Educause19 in Chicago last week, where there were over 8000 HE professionals from 40 plus countries and over 275 technology, service and solution providers. The UK had great HE representation, among these were UCISA representatives, Adrian Ellison and Sally Bogg. Not to mention UCISA bursary winners Eleanor Draycott, Jason Parke and Mary Hill.
Best-Selling Author and PBS host, Steven Johnson, did a talk on, ‘Where Good Ideas Come From’ sharing insight into what platforms support new ideas and creativity. He explained the importance of collaboration and diversity, with Twitter being the most important collaborative social media tool and urged us to follow diverse people and groups.
Another speaker, Reshma Saujani, Founder, CEO and Author of ‘Girls Who Code’ encourages girls to be ‘brave rather than perfect’ through her fantastic movement, which aims to close the gender gap in technology.
Educause #1 Issue Announced
The most eagerly awaited session, at Educause, is always the ‘Educause Top 10 IT Issues’ and for 2019 the number one issue is Information Security. No different from last year and a continuing trend. We are currently working with a number of forward-thinking software providers and are actively positioning a number of solutions in this area. Barracuda is one such technology we are promoting as it is the only email protection software incorporating AI. Unlike other products it tackles email account take over/fraud and phishing attacks using a system that learns user mailbox behaviour in real time and checks patterns through a filtering Sentinel system. Any suspicious activity is quarantined before hitting the mailbox so mitigating and managing a wider risk profile than other traditional email security gateways.
It was great to play with some clever tech, such as the Microsoft Chatbot and received some helpful tips on using MS Teams as a great collaboration tool. At the Okta stand we were introduced to their Cloud Identity and Access Management Solution which has over 5000 app integrations that can significantly help reduce IT costs. Another tech company, Foxit, also caught our eye with their PhantomPDF software that turns scanned and digital files into ones that are accessible for users with visual and mobile impairments. We think this may come in useful for meeting the recent 2018 accessibility regulations.
Digital Transformation Projects
We were introduced to some great digital transformation projects, such as the MIST AI driven Wi-Fi infrastructure, implemented for the 4000 students and staff at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. The new AI-driven network resulted in quicker connections, fewer dropouts, less downtime and a much easier and quicker process to determine any problem’s and repair them. Landscape are currently working with MIST and have now introduced this technology to the UK education sector.
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