Recent Posts by Tim Till

 
Timothy Till has been a leader in solution sales since 1997, helping customers leverage technology to grow their business, and mitigate the costs of expanding. After joining the company in March 2008, Tim led Identity Automation's public sector sales efforts to record-breaking success year after year. He is a regular contributor to the Identity Automation Blog, a published science-fiction author, a martial arts instructor, and a subject matter expert on identity and access management use cases in K-12 and higher education.
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Building Bridges Washington Conference: Doing More with Less in IT

Last week our team attended the first “Building Bridges” Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference. The event brought together a diverse group of post-secondary education professionals focused on how technology can be used to maximize student success on campus and as they go into the workforce. Education IT staff, eLearning staff, library staff, institutional research staff, and campus faculty leadership were all in attendance. This broad representation of disciplines was fitting since the conference’s theme was “Building an environment of collaboration across boundaries”.

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CoSN Preview: Education's Digital Leap to the Cloud

Next week, I will be taking part in the CoSN Annual Conference from March 16-19 in Atlanta. CoSN, or Consortium for School Networking, is the leading association for school district technology leaders. I’ve attended this conference before; however, this year’s theme of ‘Enabling Your Digital Leap’ is quite intriguing.

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My Epiphany at Brainstorm 16.0

Last week I was in Wisconsin attending the BrainStorm 16.0 conference where I had an epiphany:

Identity management was originally developed to help organizations either adhere to external compliance concerns, such as HIPAA or SOX, or internal governance concerns like process controls. The net result of these concerns was automating processes to force compliance. Technically speaking, automation then became a side effect of compliance.

In education, however, the initial concern was not governance, but rather the bulk management of massive environments. A school’s entrypoint to identity management had always started with automation.

At Brainstorm 16.0, I realized that schools are now more and more concerned with ensuring appropriate student/teacher access to systems and programs, which, ironically, is actually the old way of seeing identity management.

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Identity in Education

As school districts across the United States grapple with budget shortfalls, these same organizations face increased expectations for services to staff, students and parents.

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Expanded Footprint with Cloud Based Integration Offering

Identity Automation and COMPanion Corp have secured new school district customers in Maine and New Mexico.

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Total Cost of Ownership

Taking on a new solution, even one designed to lower costs, manage growing complexities, and mitigate ongoing risks, always carries a cost of ownership. This is seen in software maintenance costs, often times an increased server footprint, and even in continued staff training and keeping their skill sets current on the technology. More and more, we have to look beyond the benefit of the solution to the organization, and weigh carefully the total costs of owning the solution.

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CoSN Update

Identity Automation completed its first CoSN event and views the participation in the event as a tremendous value add to the organization.

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CoSN CTO Clinic Platinum Sponsorship

Identity Automation is proud to announce that we are a Platinum Sponsor for the June 17-18 CoSN CTO Clinic in Katy, Texas.

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