Once again I have been receiving complaints about vendors. It seems that an EDU participant posts on the CIO list about a product or direction, and then is swamped with vendors wanting to support that request.
VENDORS TAKE NOTE: Each time this happens, more EDU participants withdraw from the list. Your actions are having a negative impact.
I will soon send out a survey to just EDU participants asking whether it is time to ban vendors from the list. We hate to do that, but to keep the list working, that may be the next step.
If you are a vendor on this list, please note that the IT leaders who subscribe to this list expect you to follow the guidelines posted at:
In part this states -
"Promotional Messages and Advertising
Discussion groups are educational in nature and not intended for promotional announcements, advertising, product-related press releases, or other commercial use. Past reactions by subscribers indicate that such postings are usually self-defeating."
ALSO - Please note that if you contact a poster off the list, your contact may not be appreciated. Most CIO subscribers have indicated that they DO NOT appreciate being personally contacted off-list for follow-up sales contacts.
For example, if someone posts "recommend consultants" and as a vendor, you personally contact the poster to say "I do that consulting!" your sales contact will likely NOT be welcome. We are looking for the recommendations of our peers, NOT your sales calls.
On the other hand, there have been times when a question was asked, and the vendor answered the details of the question without a sales pitch - a generic how something is done or works, or an idea, rather than the description of a product or service that is available for purchase. At times those responses are useful. But for the most part, the CIO list exists to support the discussion and exchange of ideas among campus technology leaders without vendor interference or sales calls.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Assistant Vice President
University Technology Services
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