News from the UMBUG Fall Conference
Thanks to our Fall Conference sponsors: Ellucian, and TouchNet, to our hosts at the University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis campus, and to all the presenters from UMBUG member schools who hosted, presented, and welcomed us with warm hospitality. An UMBUG member from St. Kate's was the lucky winner this year of the free registration for Ellucian Live conference in Orlando in March. The keynote presentation on The Power of Asking was very well received and we all learned some useful tips. We continue our work to engage those not able to travel to the conferences - several schools joined us for the Financial Aid session via the web-ex connection.
The new conference format where the first day is the full conference day and the second day is a half day was followed again and had proven very helpful, especially for those traveling from out of town. This was also confirmed in the recent member survey. Common themes from the member survey included: networking is the most valuable part of UMBUG, travel distances to conferences can be an obstacle to attendance, UMBUG is considered a great value, and expanded use of live stream sessions is well received and encouraged.
Many of the Fall Conference presentations are now posted on the Member Resources page. Use your UMBUG user ID and password to access these and other member resources such as the updated membership roster.
After evaluating and trying out several options for the e-Community, the working group decided this is not a good fit for UMBUG to use for sharing Business Intelligence, Data Standards, and Data Integrity information. We will be pursuing other tool options, such as Slack, that we may be able to use for this purpose as well as for gathering round table networking topics in advance of the conferences and other UMBUG collaborative work.
The Steering Team is also looking at options on how to best manage the evolving trend of an increasing number of third party vendors for various applications. One example from the Fall Conference was that the University of St. Thomas also hosted the Salesforce CRM half day conference, on the same day as the second day of Fall UMBUG Conference. This did not reduce UMBUG participation and the steering team noted no perceived conflict with this type of arrangement.