Latest headlines: Scott Tiner on plans in higher ed for this summer, Chris Pennell on IT and AV changes this past year and more
December 13, 2021 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 23
Excuse me, pardon me, sorry for adding to your inbox during the holiday season of coupons and sales galore, but this is the news!
If you work in higher ed, yes you’re probably getting ready for the holiday season of students being back at home (if they aren’t home already) but you may also already be thinking about the plans for this summer. Let’s cut to the chase. Are your plans for the summer on hold? How will the supply chain issues affect the new equipment you’re likely eager to get your hands on? Are you having to make some adjustments to the technology specifications at your institution?
In the midst of all this uncertainty, I would like to offer you a look at how the market is doing in the most recent education column from Futuresource Consulting. Check out how desktop computers are still a must-have at universities, but that there is a new emphasis to tech that helps bridge the gap between in-classroom and at-home learning.
There’s no telling where 2022 will lead us, but I hope as you wind down for the holidays, you get a chance to reflect on how far we’ve come since 2020.
The point of this blog is to think about what higher education institutions are going to do over the next year. If you have worked in the higher ed vertical, you know that we are gearing up for our big spending and installation season. We are starting to design our spaces, and within the next several months, we will be printing out purchase orders for all the equipment. However, this year is going to be different.
There’s no doubt that the higher education sector has experienced a difficult period over the last 18 to 24 months. Profound and far-reaching changes have been applied in an effort to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and enable students to continue to learn remotely. In the wake of the changes, Futuresource Consulting has conducted interviews with IT and AV purchase decision makers in higher education across the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.