As most higher education institutions continue to experience rising costs, reductions in funding from nontuition sources, and growing pressure to curtail tuition increases, the need to know and manage the total cost of IT across campus has never been greater. Although data on the cost of central IT services are relatively obtainable, data on distributed IT expenditures remain elusive. EDUCAUSE and NACUBO (the National Association of College and University Business Officers) partnered to identify the barriers to calculating the cost of distributed IT, suggest strategies on how to overcome those barriers, and define what counts as a distributed IT expense. The aim is to provide higher education institutions with a clear way to provide these data on the annual EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey and to provide technology and business professionals a means of determining the scope and extent of distributed applications in order to manage security and business risks to the organization.
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