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David Houle

David, a Certified Process Professional, is a Senior Manager in BerryDunn's Management and IT Consulting Group. He has a wide range of experience in strategic planning, organization and process improvement, systems planning and oversight. Aside from working with several higher education institutions to evaluate and recommend improvements to their IT organizational structure, he has worked with several state government clients to define system needs, and has served as a project administer, reviewing system selection projects.
Higher Education and Blockchain 101: It’s Not Just for Bitcoin Anymore

As a new year is upon us, many people think about “out with the old and in with the new”. For those of us who think about technology, and in particular, blockchain technology, the new year brings with it the realization that blockchain is here to...

No Science Fiction: Tactics for Recruiting and Retaining Higher Education IT Positions

The late science fiction writer (and college professor) Isaac Asimov once said: “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” Had Asimov worked in higher ed IT management, he might have added: “but above all else, I fear the lack of...

Does Change Have to Be Scary? Assessing Organizational Readiness for Enterprise Systems

We humans have a complex attitude toward change. In one sense, we like finding it. For instance: “Now I can buy something from the vending machine!” In reality, we try to avoid change as much as possible. Why? Because it’s frightening. Consider...

Survival of the Collaborators in Higher Education: Strengthen Services Across Institutions

Charles Darwin once said, “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” We have come a long way since Darwin’s days in the mid-19th century, but the...

Forging a Strategic Approach to IT Spending within the Confines of the Iron Triangle

When we talk to CFOs and CIOs throughout higher education, we hear a common refrain: “How can our institution add value to IT spending and better support the institution’s long-term strategy?” “How can we move from just keeping the lights on to...


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