Irvington, VA (PRWEB) August 4, 2009 — Edu1world, an online professional networking site for higher education technology professionals and practitioners, announced today that CIBER Inc., an international system integration consultancy and outsourcing company, is sponsoring an online “Best Practices Community” on edu1world.org. The community is available worldwide at no charge to higher education CIO’s, technology directors, faculty and staff from administrative and student affairs, instructional technology, admissions and other departments that rely heavily on technology.
The free service fills a need for collaboration among higher education professionals who have traditionally traveled to conferences to learn from their peers. While it does not replace all of the valuable opportunities afforded by live conferences, edu1world’s Best Practices Community will provide a new opportunity for networking to professionals affected by the economic downturn this year.
Higher education technology is a complex and fast-growing industry. From human resources to financial aid to student registration and grading, today’s colleges and universities depend on a variety of integrated computer applications and networked technology systems to run smoothly.
With thousands of products and services to choose from, decision makers are challenged by the sheer volume of available information. Without peer support, product review and selection can be a daunting task. The CIBER-sponsored Best Practices Community gives edu1world users access to peers who have already done the research, implemented and tested programs and products, and are willing to share the results.
In an unprecedented move, CIBER Inc. has announced that some of their own system integration consultants will be joining the online community and offering their perspectives on the topics under discussion. Given the effect of pervasive budget cuts, this offer of CIBER’s expertise to the community is being welcomed enthusiastically by higher education professionals.
“We are using web 2.0 technology to leverage the wisdom of the crowd with the knowledge and deep experience that CIBER has to offer. They have been involved in hundreds of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations. There is no one better positioned than CIBER to both sponsor a Best Practices Community and add value to the conversation,” said Liz Dietz, General Manager of edu1world.