OIT Employees Shine at Educause

Photo of two Emory staff who spoke at Educause

Anne Marie Alexander and Jason Stanaland each led lively discussions at this year’s Southeast Regional Educause Conference.

Three OIT employees recently made presentations at the 2013 Southeast Regional Educause Conference. Held from May 29-31 at the Weston Buckhead in Atlanta, the conference theme was Amp It Up! Powering Education with Technology.

The first presentation was co-presented by Anne Marie Alexander (Integration) and John Isenhour, the CTO of Kennesaw State University. The topic was “Identity and Access Management (IAM) in Higher Education” and asked the questions, “Has your campus established an enterprise strategy for identity and access management? Does your IAM architecture facilitate easy migration to the Cloud? Is your IAM system standards-based and interoperable with other identity providers and service providers?”

The discussion session was designed to bring together CIOs, IT Directors, IT architects, managers, and other leaders responsible for IAM to discuss effective practices and solutions, current challenges, and future opportunities. “There was a wide variety of institutional backgrounds during our session, which led to interesting discussions,” said Anne Marie. “One challenge of these regional conferences is to overcome the vastly different levels of IAM sophistication throughout your audience. Every organization is at a different stage in the process.”

Later in the session, OIT Deputy CIO Brett Coryell teamed with Kathryn Gates, the CIO of the University of Mississippi, to lead the “CIO and Executive IT Leader Roundtable.” The roundtable was designed to give leaders the chance to discuss current campus IT issues and solutions.

The following day, Jason Stanaland (Infrastructure) of the Messaging Team co-presented with AirWatch account executive Jason Hart on the topic of “Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in Higher Education.”  The presentation discussed best practices for supporting a multi-OS device fleet, deploying mobile applications, and distributing mobile content.

“There has been a trend in the industry to move more toward ‘bring you own device’ environments and policies,” said Jason. “The way we are implementing enterprise mobility management tools is becoming more dynamic. We focused on enabling devices for application and content management and securing them. Deploying security-oriented functionality on both corporate- and privately-owned devices within an architecture was a major discussion point.”

We are proud of the active role that Emory OIT played in this Educause conference!

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