Villanova University Earns Spot on 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators across the U.S.

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Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University has been recognized by Information Week in this year’s InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. Villanova is one of only seven higher education institutions represented in this year’s InformationWeek 500. The full list of award winners can be found at www.informationweek.com/500.

“Villanova is very pleased to have been recognized in this year’s Information Week 500,” Fugale noted. “It is significant for the University to be acknowledged as innovators in developing and executing upon plans to address the ‘consumerization of technology’ on our campus.”

“Information technology is integral to campus life at Villanova,” said Stephen Fugale, Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer at Villanova University. “Technology enhances the student experience and plays a key role in teaching, learning and research, as well as many administrative endeavors.”

Villanova has rapidly and innovatively pursued IT solutions and services aimed at transforming academic and business models and impacting the overall technology experience for its students and the entire University community. Included among the University’s recent technology enhancements are:

  • Campus-wide implementation of new collaboration system for web and video conferencing
  • Installation of multi-purpose technology learning spaces on campus (Engineering Interdisciplinary Lab, Villanova Business School Technology Center, and Law School Video Production Center)
  • Classroom innovation (including a pilot of un-tethered classrooms, as well as optimized lecture capture, Skype and web conferencing, BYOD “Bring your own device”, etc.)
  • Migration to Cloud/Hosted infrastructure (inclusive of messaging, CRM, learning management, web, etc.)
  • Migration to mobile-enabled capabilities (inclusive of Mobile ID, wireless locks, mobile application, responsive design for the web)
  • Campus-wide rollout of VDI (V-desktop)
  • Enhanced support via new chat and Facebook support options, including BYOE support
  • Digitized student recruitment and application processes for document management (includes CRM based eMarketing, electronic applications and paperless workflow)

"The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con‐Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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