This Week in Review – April 30th to May 6th


Market Leading Fundraising Performance Management Provider, Reeher, Acquired by Blackbaud

Reeher announced today that it has been acquired by Blackbaud. Reeher, who created the industry's first shared management system, will extend Blackbaud's benchmarking capabilities and provide additional tools for fundraising teams.

"Bringing together Blackbaud's industry-leading analytics and benchmarking capabilities with Reeher's best-in-class individual fundraiser benchmarking is going to create an unparalleled advantage for our customers," said Blackbaud Chief Products Officer Kevin McDearis.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Enterprise Resource Planning - University of Arkansas

UA System Selects Workday as ERP Solution

After 30 months of planning and a thorough selection process, the University of Arkansas System selected Workday as the new solution for enterprise resource planning. Workday, a cloud-based service that will serve as the single platform for finance, HR and payroll, will modernize financial and human resource processes at more than 15 institutions across the state.

Source: University of Arkansas News

Learning Management System - Arizona State University

Arizona State Plans Switch From Blackboard to Canvas

After a 20 month process, Arizona State University (ASU) has selected Canvas by Instructure as the campuswide LMS.

ASU's current Blackboard LMS will run in parallel to Canvas until June 30, 2019.

This transition will offer faculty significant opportunities to reimagine their courses and leverage a range of new teaching and learning services for their students.

Source: Inside HigherEd

Online Program Management - Baylor University

Baylor University and 2U, Inc. Partner for The First Time on Three Online Graduate Programs

2U, Inc. today announced a partnership with Baylor University to deliver three online graduate degree programs.

"The launch of online graduate programs in a collaborative partnership with 2U will undergird our efforts, advance Baylor's online academic presence and expand access to students who desire a distinct, Christian-focused education," says Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

Source: Barchart


Ellucian CEO: University CIOs Should Expect a Big Focus (and New Strategy) Around Cloud

Former Microsoft and Cisco exec Laura Ipsen made a major career change in December when she took the position as CEO of Ellucian.

The new chief plans to bring her experience migrating businesses and organizations to the cloud and her understanding of disruption to Ellucian and, by extension, to higher education.

Source: edscoop


Chrome River Appoints Financial Software Veteran Sunil Kayiti as CTO

Sunil Kayiti, former Managing Director of Eze Software Group, has joined Chrome River as Chief Technical Officer. In his new role, he will lead a global team of more than 100 engineers who design and develop Chrome River’s solutions and oversee the company’s technology infrastructure.

Source: Business Wire


Hamline Chief Information Officer Named CIO of the Year

Mark Kondrak, Chief Information Office at Hamline University was announced as the winner of the Twin Cities CIO Leadership Association 2018 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards, in the nonprofit category.

“We have emerged as pioneers of digital transformation in education, opening frontiers that are leading to innovations, greater agility, and new business models for the university,” said Mark Kondrak.

Source: Hamline University News


Gartner Calls for CIOs to Push Their CEOs to Commit to Digital Change

New research from Gartner says CIOs must push their executives to commit to digital change.

Mark Raskino, a Gartner Fellow in the CEO and Digital Business Leadership research team, believes that now is a good time for CIOs to make their voices heard, as the role has become more respected in recent years.

The journey for disciplined digital business change needs to begin promptly before a potential recession and a declining faith in big tech makes it more challenging to do so.

Source: CIO


New Chief Information Officer Announced

Beginning July 1, Simeon Ananou, who has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, will be the new chief information officer for the University of Vermont.

Ananou said that he is honored by his appointment and is looking forward to beginning his work.

Source: The Vermont Cynic