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The annual EDUCAUSE conference attracted 8,000 people to the Philadelphia convention centre, including four of us from the University of Edinburgh.  My colleagues were giving presentations, while my main reason for attending was the pre-conference workshop on Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation, which I blogged about last week.

The conference itself offered a smorgasbord of options.  I mainly attended sessions about new technologies, which I blogged about on the Applications Directorate blog, and a few others which consolidated my existing interests.  If these topics weren't to your taste, there were also sessions about research, learning technologies, enterprise systems, leadership development, equality and diversity, and many other aspects of IT in higher education.

The exhibit hall gave opportunities to talk to many vendors, from the large established corporations to the newcomers in "startup alley". I chatted to several CRM vendors, and looked at other technologies such as cloud authentication services.

Of course, there were also informal conversations, which are always interesting to find out what other institutions are doing and which challenges they face.

Overall, I found EDUCAUSE 2017 a very useful experience.  

My blog posts:
Artificial Intelligence, Clouds and Prediction: Day 1 of Educause 2017/

Nudged Users, Distributed Security and Voice Control: Days 2 & 3 of Educause 2017/

My colleagues' presentations:
Research Data Management International and Institutional Intersections

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