Individuals and institutions adopt technology at different rates: a few are on the bleeding edge, a few are the last to change, and most fall somewhere in the comfortable middle of the bell curve of adoption.
The higher education community is no exception (see Figure 2).
The second half of the chessboard is one reason for the inflection point we have reached.
As they stretch and struggle to help colleges and universities use technology to address challenges of student success, affordability, and accountability, IT organizations are retooling and restructuring to adapt to challenges of their own.
Information technology has reached an inflection point.
The pace of change seems not to be slowing but, rather, is increasing and is happening on many fronts.
And anyone who has experienced a new system rollout knows how important good change management is to the success of an initiative.
Managing information security in the light of ongoing new technology opportunities for both IT and higher education professionals presents another set of challenges.
There is reason to believe that higher education information technology has reached an inflection point—the point at which the trends that have dominated thought leadership and have motivated early adopters are now cascading into the mainstream.