Communities Made Stronger Through Collaboration

A key differentiator for consortia such as Edge is the role it plays in gathering stakeholders to collaborate, interact and contemplate the broader themes, challenges and opportunities impacting organizations that rely heavily upon enterprise information technology resources to achieve their missions. This goal transcends beyond simply providing products and services to fulfill basic needs. Rather, it reflects an intentional commitment to promote research, education, recruitment, scholarly capacity and insight across membership and among peers that comprise what we have referred to as Edge Communities. Through regular interaction, these communities, made up of Edge member and industry partners within specific domains, gather thought leaders that share an abiding concern for something they do and a commitment to learn how to do it better. The Edge community flourishes by convening members around certain topics to exchange best practices, learn new skills and ask questions in an environment that fosters trust and improvement for all involved.

Best Practice Forums

Security Group The newest among the Edge practice groups, the Cybersecurity Practice Group recognizes that security in all of its facets touches every aspect of the enterprise and extends well beyond the perimeter of the enterprise network. This Practice Group focuses on the full spectrum of cybersecurity concerns and dedicates itself to understanding, supporting and uniting the people, processes, standards and technologies that are needed to mitigate threats to our organizations, their students and personnel. The Group’s domain expertise pertains to workflows and cybersecurity processes to:

  • Secure the enterprise network and data
  • Prevent losses and reduce threat vectors
  • Efficiently utilize resources
  • Determine strategies to maximize the ROI on security centered application and infrastructure investments.
  • Promote adoption of national standards to inform local policy and endorses developing metrics and common threat indicators to monitor risk.

For more information on joining this Practice Group, please email usVMware Group The VMware Practice Group focuses on the effective use of VMware technology and enterprise wide virtualization and secure computing environments. Practitioners include those who currently have implemented VMware solutions and those wanting to learn how to further leverage their technology investment in this best-in-class technology solution. Members of the VMware group will meet regularly with senior VMware officials to:

  • Review the VMware roadmap and leverage existing VMware infrastructure
  • Examine specific implementations
  • Evaluate use cases for VMware,
  • Collaborate, learn, and provide feedback to VMware across the following industries:
    • Education
    • Government
    • Healthcare

For more information on joining this Practice Group, please contact Michael HackerEducational and Emerging Technologies Group The Education and Emerging Technology Practice Group convenes around the multiple facets of technology and pedagogy including the review and analysis of:

  • Best practices at the intersection of instruction and technology
  • Delivery of online education and effective use of instructional design
  • Emerging educational technologies
  • Learning space design and digital learning environments
  • Assurance strategies for student success.

This collaboration is accomplished by bringing together the collective expertise of faculty, technologists and administration to stimulate and sustain online and hybrid learning initiatives and emerging educational technologies through events such as the Faculty Showcase and Best Practices Summit, as well as group meetings with speaker forums and demonstrations offered periodically throughout the year. For more information on joining this Practice Group, please contact Dr. Edward ChapelIllumira® Group The illumira Practice Group collaborates on:

  • Platform best practices
  • The illumira roadmap and New and advanced illumira features and functions
  • Innovative uses of the Edge digital asset management platform.

Drawing on the knowledge of educators, instructional designers, librarian, and educational technologists, the advanced use of the platform is shared through case studies, webinars, and briefings. Meeting once per year at EdgeCon, Edge’s annual meeting, this Group interacts with illumira product managers and engineers, and builds a community of illumira users who can share ideas, advanced knowledge of the platform, and its analytic and disability compliance features. For more information on joining this Practice Group, please contact Purva Thakur.

CxO Exchange: Executive Leadership and Digital Transformation

Digital transformation in the 21st century impacts the entirety of the academic enterprise from K-12 to Higher Education. In pursuit of excellence in enterprise technology that supports the complete ecosystem of the institution, the CxO Exchange is open to all C-level (Cabinet) executives and provides:

  • Social and professional interactions
  • Views and discussions of emerging technologies
  • Case studies of successful digital transformations
  • Powerful examples of how institutional digital transformation can positively impact institutional outcomes.

Executive leadership will be informed by industry thought leaders through professional development activities, panels, discussions, and informational presentations. The role of Chief Information Officer is highlighted as a strategic partner with other C-level executives in bringing about achievement of institutional mission and vision through successful technology implementations. For more information on joining this Practice Group, please email us.

Women Leaders in Technology

Women Leaders in Technology was established by Edge in 2018 to advance the information technology profession for women. New Jersey maintains a rich tradition of opportunities for women executives and leaders in technology departments, divisions, and organizations. Through the Network, group members have an opportunity to:

  • Meet, connect and share experiences
  • Give advice and provide mentoring
  • Discuss the unique challenges of succeeding as a female leader in a technology leadership role

This Professional Network meets quarterly around the state for a professional event that includes:

  • Social networking opportunities
  • A relevant industry guest speaker or program of professional benefit,
  • Technology affinity groups
  • Technology industry perspectives.

The first quarter January meeting each year is held in tandem with EdgeCon, Edge’s annual conference. Membership is open to women who serve in a leadership capacity or role in a technology organization. Examples include:

  • Chief Information Officers
  • Vice Presidents of Technology
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Directors of Technology
  • Directors of Engineering, Directors of Educational Technology
  • Technology Services Directors and Managers
  • Related positions that engage in technology leadership

For more information on joining Women Leaders in Technology, please contact Nancy Zimmerman.

Upcoming Community of Practice Meetings

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