I do, and have for years. It's great, as long as you have the right
CFO, and communicate ... Don't ever allow him/her to be surprised by not
being aware of something that is happening in your area.
Carmen A. Rahm
Asst. VP for Information Technology
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Direct Phone: (509) 963-2925
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>>> Theresa Rowe <[log in to unmask]> 07/10/12 05:51 AM >>>
Communicating with your CFO seems to be key to funding success. What
methods or approaches do you use to successfully communicate with your
Educause resources might be helpful when considering how to communicate
There were reports of CIOs moving organizationally to reporting to the
CFO. If you report to your CFO, how is that working out?
CFOs Talk About Finances...
The Dynamic Duo: CFO/CIO Partnerships...
On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM, Jack Suess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Jack Suess UMBC VP of IT & CIO
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> On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Theresa Rowe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Counting down on the Top Ten IT Issues 2012:
>> Issue #7: Funding Information Technology Strategically
>> The IT funding issue is an ongoing conversation, not a problem that
>> be resolved conclusively. In addition to the general financial
>> educational institutions currently feel, other important factors are
>> influencing campus IT funding. As IT resources are becoming more
>> decentralized*putting resources where they are needed*the IT funding
>> picture becomes more difficult to see clearly. For similar reasons,
>> very important that IT funding is not viewed as unrelated to other
>> and operational decision-making about funding. Information technology
>> serves the mission of the institution; strategic decisions about
>> can be made only when the relationship between technology and that
>> is clear. As Christopher Watts noted: "To put it another way, you
>> plan a trip to the moon without arranging for transportation, and you
>> build a rocket if you're not planning a trip." Thus, the IT
>> needs to engage its institutional colleagues in the processes of
>> funding priorities and building their ownership in the decisions.
>> "Transparency and ongoing communication across the campus are more
>> critical than ever to avoid unnecessary redundancies and to help
>> that different groups do not inadvertently work at cross-purposes."
>> *Christopher Watts, Director, Newell Center for Arts Technology, St.
>> Lawrence University
> I'll show my age and put in a plug for Greg Jackson's CAUSE/Effect
> in 1999 -- Show me the Money and other unsolicited advice for CIO's.
> article highlighted to me that if you don't understand the budget
> at your university you are at a real disadvantage.
> This is one reason why CIO's should serve on their budget committee.
> nothing else you begin to understand the financial levers that drive
> universities. You also begin to see how other VP's manage unexpected
> and new opportunities. By understanding the financial levers of the
> university you can find ways to strengthen those initiatives and be a
> If you aren't on good terms with your CFO then you should be. It is
> to me that CFO's, through the budget, are the gatekeepers of what gets
> at universities. Demonstrating you are a good steward of funds is a
> prerequisite to get CFO's to give you additional funds. If you can't
> funds or projects you are lack credibility.
> To me, this is an area where I think we could probably do a better job
> professional development. It may be that now the EDUCAUSE management
> institute does this kind of financial balance sheet training but when
> coming up in the mid-90's I had to learn it on my own. I think getting
> CIO's and aspiring CIO's well tuned on higher ed finances and basic
> accounting terminology is a good first start.
> Finally, one benefit of a seat at the table is you can explain where
> the IT money goes. I go out of my way to show each of my VP and Dean
> colleagues that IT is saving them money through our site licenses,
> leveraged hardware buys, and staffing support. I think that helps over
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