Insights from the 2024 CISOA Technology Summit

The 2024 CISOA Technology Summit, which took place from March 18-21 at the Riverside Convention Center, was a transformative event for California community college technology professionals. The summit convened over 700 attendees to discuss current and emerging trends and initiatives, exchange best practices, and collaborate with district colleagues and corporate partners – all focused on increasing institutional effectiveness and student success.

Over the course of three days, the summit featured a wide range of educational sessions covering topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, compliance, data integrity, and eTranscripts. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to explore an expansive exhibit hall and various product demonstrations.

In one notable session, “Building Blocks: Creating the Infrastructure for a Data-Enabled Culture,” led by experts including FoundationCCC’s JC Sales, Vice President of Program Development, delved into the crucial role of infrastructure in fostering a data-driven educational environment. Discussions centered on the implementation of robust systems and frameworks to support the seamless integration and utilization of data across educational institutions. Attendees gained valuable strategies for building the foundational infrastructure necessary to cultivate a culture where data informs decision-making and drives continuous improvement.

The panel discussed insights on applying a systems thinking approach to enhance decision effectiveness, assess technology initiatives, and evolve their infrastructure. Pictured left to right: JC Sales (FoundationCCC), Chelsy Pham (Hartnell College), Dan Watkins (Ventura County CCD), and moderator Peter Christian.

Another highlight was the session on “Maximizing Cost Savings and Operational Efficiencies through CollegeBuys.” Participants discovered the numerous benefits of leveraging CollegeBuys agreements to optimize procurement processes for technology-related purchases while realizing significant cost savings. Presenters, including FoundatinCCC’s Jennifer Keiper, Sr. Director of Procurement Services, and Kevin Wutke, Sr. Director of Enterprise Partnerships, shared information about how technology contracts are vetted, focusing on risk assessment tools. They also highlighted key program accomplishments since last year’s conference, such as the recently redesigned and relaunched CollegeBuys e-store and execution of agreements with Instructure, Clarivate,, and MS A5 security implementation partners.

The 2024 CISOA Technology Summit offered an invaluable platform for industry leaders and professionals to exchange ideas, explore innovative solutions, and shape the future of technology in the California community college environment. With ample networking opportunities and educational sessions, attendees left equipped with actionable insights to drive meaningful change and advancement within their institutions. The CollegeBuys team is grateful for the opportunity to partner with CISOA and share insights at this year’s summit and looks forward to future collaborations to better serve the technology needs of our California community colleges.

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