Strategic IT Leaders Between Pandemic and Post-Pandemic

John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE

Between pandemic and post-pandemic, IT leaders need to take some deliberate steps to make “strategic IT” an irreversible feature on the higher education landscape.  IT leaders and IT staff are running on fumes—but still running, and running hard. In the meantime, however, IT leaders are presented with a unique opportunity to build on all that they accomplished in the mad rush to create “online everything.” As proposed by the EDUCAUSE Top IT Issues analysis for 2021,Footnote1 we could simply restore things to the way they were in February 2020. Or we could evolve and adapt to the next normal. But for many, the chance to do so much more—to transform our institutions—is most compelling. Between pandemic and post-pandemic, IT leaders need to take some deliberate steps to make “strategic IT” an irreversible feature on the higher education landscape.

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