Opening Day and the Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ Report

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For many baseball teams, April 6 was opening day. It’s a day of optimism. A day to see if your team has the right roster of players that’ll ultimately win a World Series title.

Coincidentally, also on April 6th, Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, profiled DecisonDesk in a new report: “Cool Vendors in Leveraging Data in Education, 2015.” The purpose of the report is to help higher education institutions identify technology vendors that help provide value across the student lifecycle.

In one section of the report, it recommends that CIO’s, “Enable interoperability with external services to extend the value chain, and improve the student experience.”

So what does this mean for your higher education institution?

Across your admissions ecosystem, and the entire student lifecycle, there is room for new technologies to increase efficiencies and create an improved student experience.

For example, in The 2014 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Admissions Directors, 79% of admissions directors are concerned about meeting their enrollment goals and 61% did not meet student enrollment goals.

If your existing technology vendors aren’t helping your institution achieve enrollment goals year after year, then it may be time to look for new vendors to improve aspects of your admissions process. Areas of focus could include: increasing application throughput, enhancing yield rates, creating a more efficient  application experience, lowering application abandonment rates, and optimizing staff productivity.

As schools set their strategic goals, this report is one resource to find new technology partners.

Ultimately, you’ll want to put together a winning roster of technologies in order to achieve your institution’s strategic goals in the year ahead (preferably before opening day on your campus).

If you are a Gartner client, you can download the “Cool Vendors in Leveraging Data in Education, 2015” report here.