The uncertain fall is fast approaching, and higher-education institutions are readying themselves for what’s ahead: remote instruction. While health and safety precautions are at the forefront of leaders’ minds, this shift also brings an increased need for digital services, IT infrastructure, and training to support virtual learning.

At the same time, the pandemic is triggering budget cuts and furloughs within institutions across the country – financial repercussions that may reshape higher education for decades.

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Almost three-quarters of higher-education institutions are preparing for cuts in the institutional IT budget for the upcoming academic year; and many are cutting five to 30 percent of their IT budgets. Boston University, for example, plans to lay off or furlough about 250 employees as part of its plan to close a $96 million budget gap.

This places great pressure on IT departments to reduce costs and at the same time, prepare to deliver expanded digital services.

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About the Author:

Gary Buonacorsi has nearly two decades of experience in the IT industry as a transformational leader for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. As Tanium’s SLED Chief Technology Officer, Gary is responsible for thought leadership in the public sector, SLED business strategy, and guiding customer security and operations transformations. Additionally, he defines long-term goals for the State and Local Government vertical, leads industry discussions, and conducts conference keynotes and seminars.

Gary comes to Tanium with a wide range of experience. Most recently he served as the State and Local Government CTO for Dell Technologies. Additionally, Gary’s career includes positions as CTO and CIO at the States of Nevada and Texas, along with Senior Director and Managerial roles at Dell EMC, Oracle and Merck-Medco.


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