Technical Level: Low
This session explores the issue of centralization (a.k.a. outsourcing) v. decentralization of IT and provides real life examples of what works and more importantly, when to proceed with caution. Are most IT services now a commodity that can be centralized with little impact to service levels or does in-house decentralized hardware, software, and people make for a unique synergy that simply works better every time. You donï¿½t want to reinvent the wheel for services like email, file storage, network printing, web hosting, admin system, help desk, active directory, etc., if you can find lower cost, higher quality alternatives that work in a law school environment. Do not be caught off guard, join the discussion on this culturally unique decision that explores the advantages and disadvantages of several centralized options that you may soon be facing at your law school.
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Michael P Durbin
Director Information Technology
St. Louis University School of Law
Capital University School of Law