MABUG 2015 was hosted by The College of William & Mary and took place November 8th-10th in the beautiful colonial Williamsburg, VA. The group’s main objective is to support learning, teaching and operations within higher education institutions. The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) brought together once again a variety of IT professionals, registrars, transcript staff, vendors and many others to discuss, share and maximize their use of Banner®, and common business challenges in the higher education space.
Aegis Identity Software, Inc. had the pleasure of being a Gold sponsor this year and also hosted a Leadership and Management panel discussion on Identity Management in Higher Education.
The panel members included: Troy Boroughs – University of Richmond, Sara Bishop –West Virginia University, Peter Kellogg –William & Mary and our very own Bob Lamvik –CEO of Aegis Identity Software, Inc.
Peter kicked off the discussion with an overview on the topic and the agenda, followed by Sara’s views on the importance of conferences like MABUG and EDUCAUSE as well as Gartner IT as invaluable resources where we can share: current practices and what other universities are doing. She also talked about what to look for in an IdM vendor in terms of cost of ownership of the solution and internal resources needed to manage it. Sara shared WVU’s own experience in IdM vendor selection process.
Troy discussed the ROI in IdM and how to measure it from both an objective and subjective point of view. One example from the objectives: an incoming freshmen probably will need to be written into (provisioned) an email account, an active directory account, an LDAP account, just to name a few. The IT department could do that one at a time using their IT staff or could have them write some simple scripts to accomplish this. These options are headcount intensive, costly and granularity increases when a “Math 201 student has to have XYZ”, the combinations and permutations become daunting. Universities face increased challenges that call for automation in these processes.
Bob explained how IdM in HE differs from IdM in corporate America. Can commercial solutions be effective in HE? For example: The multirole capabilities: in HE, a user can be a student, a TA, and work at the bookstore on the weekends. Managing the different system access and complexity is very important in HE. Can commercial solutions offer a deep understanding of Banner®, it’s functionalities and connectors, the same way that a company 100% focused on education can?
Several of the attendees mentioned that they would love to see universities make Identity and Access Management a priority in providing accurate and secure access to data rather than having to mitigate a data breach after the fact or deal with the impact such disruption could have on their institution’s reputation.
“MABUG in the ‘Burg” (short for Williamsburg) was not just talks and workshops. William & Mary did a stellar job in organizing two social events, kept our bellies full of delicious meals, brought Thomas Jefferson “alive” to deliver the closing remarks and toggled more than seventy-five simultaneous panel discussions and sessions; all wonderfully orchestrated in the two-and-a-half-day conference period. Kuddos to the W&M staff and special thanks to Maria E. Pada a.k.a Mane on such a successful event!
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The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) is an association of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Any Ellucian customer from an institution in this region is eligible for membership, and there is no cost to join. It is our hope that through communication and sharing, our member institutions will maximize their use of Banner and related products.