HighEdWeb Assocation October 10-13, 2010

Session Details


Don't Fear the Cloud -- Minimizing Concerns and Maximizing Benefits

APS8 Applications and Standards Track

Rookwood, 4th Floor


This is a time of immense budget pressure. It is also a time of more and more buzz around new technologies, social media, the cloud, and many others that affect the use and implementation of web systems. Clearly, the college website is mission critical to the success of any institution. How can we make its management cost effective and innovative at a time like this? It is often said that the best way to learn is by doing. Utah Valley University (UVU) has gone through implementation of four completely difference CMS solutions in the past nine years. They have definitely learned by doing! Come learn how a Web content management system (CMS) utilizing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in the cloud has helped UVU control its hardware expenditures, reduce the man-hours associated with site deployment and maintenance, and improve website speed and performance. Learn about the questions asked; the lessons learned; and the pitfalls to avoid in choosing, implementing, and supporting a CMS solution. Finally, discuss whether a SaaS CMS would benefit your institution too. 


Nathan Gerber
Director, Web Development Services, Utah Valley University

Nathan Gerber is a Web solutions consultant and entrepreneur who specializes in helping educational institutions and businesses build effective and productive Web solutions. Working on the web since 1993, Nathan has assisted many businesses and educational institutions in creating more effective and productive Web solutions. His other responsibilities include being CEO/President of iConnect Strategies, the Director of Web Development Services at Utah Valley University, and an Associate Consultant for the Web Strategy Services team at Noel-Levitz. Nathan is a devoted father of five children and loves hanging out with Janelle, his wife of 19 years. Nathan often says, “I’ve never met any technology as good looking as my wife.”