I was at the UK HEFCE endorsed Shared Services conference last week and despite a lot of discussion about "what exactly is a shared service" one of the most obvious aspects of the conference seemed to be that there is even less money to go round than usual. However, at the same time the expectations of students as consumers and universities as business has never been higher. This is leading to considerable pressure on many university IT organisations to deliver more but at the same time they are being given less, with IT budgets only set to increase by realtively small amounts that will hardly cover the increase in staff and utility costs.
So what suggestions does Microsoft have to enable universities to save money? Here's a sample list to begin with:
This is only the tip of the iceberg and I'll start filling in some more details on the above with some examples over the next few weeks.