Edu1world-Ciber Best Practices Community Makes Higher Ed Technology Decisions Easier

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Edu1world has launched an online professional network sponsored by CIBER Inc. using web 2.0 technology to engage higher education professionals, practitioners, and vendors worldwide in sharing best practices in technology selection, integration and implementation. With over 1,000 vendors offering technology products and services to higher education, practical advice from peers who have already tested potential solutions gives decision makers a huge advantage. The service is free to full time employees of colleges and universities throughout the world, providing a cost-effective venue for connection and collaboration in the wake of drastic budget cuts in many sectors. CIBER's own highly experienced systems integration consultants will also be on hand to contribute their knowledge and insights to the community forum.

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I'd also like to extend a special thank you to edu1world for establishing this extraordinary cost-free venue for colleges and universities.

Edu1world, an online professional networking site for higher education technology professionals and practitioners, announced today that CIBER Inc., an international system integration consultancy and outsourcing company, is sponsoring an online "Best Practices Community" on edu1world.org. The community is available worldwide at no charge to higher education CIO's, technology directors, faculty and staff from administrative and student affairs, instructional technology, admissions and other departments that rely heavily on technology.

The free service fills a need for collaboration among higher education professionals who have traditionally traveled to conferences to learn from their peers. While it does not replace all of the valuable opportunities afforded by live conferences, edu1world's Best Practices Community will provide a new opportunity for networking to professionals affected by the economic downturn this year.

Higher education technology is a complex and fast-growing industry. From human resources to financial aid to student registration and grading, today's colleges and universities depend on a variety of integrated computer applications and networked technology systems to run smoothly.

With thousands of products and services to choose from, decision makers are challenged by the sheer volume of available information. Without peer support, product review and selection can be a daunting task. The CIBER-sponsored Best Practices Community gives edu1world users access to peers who have already done the research, implemented and tested programs and products, and are willing to share the results.

In an unprecedented move, CIBER Inc. has announced that some of their own system integration consultants will be joining the online community and offering their perspectives on the topics under discussion. Given the effect of pervasive budget cuts, this offer of CIBER's expertise to the community is being welcomed enthusiastically by higher education professionals.

"We are using web 2.0 technology to leverage the wisdom of the crowd with the knowledge and deep experience that CIBER has to offer. They have been involved in hundreds of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations. There is no one better positioned than CIBER to both sponsor a Best Practices Community and add value to the conversation," said Liz Dietz, General Manager of edu1world.

"CIBER is pleased to expand our partnership and service to the Higher Education community through edu1world. We will provide a variety of valuable content about technology, enhancing the delivery of services to students, faculty and staff. Members will also learn from their peers about where they've achieved the best return on investment (ROI) for their technology dollar," stated Michael Dillon, CIBER Sr. Vice President. "I'd also like to extend a special thank you to edu1world for establishing this extraordinary cost-free venue for colleges and universities."

Says edu1world CEO Vicki Tambellini, "Edu1world itself has become the best example on the internet of how higher education administration professionals who work with technology can leverage their experience. It's the people in the field and the content that they bring that will make the edu1world Best Practices Community the first choice for practitioners looking for guidance. Along with CIBER, we are pleased to welcome thousands of new users to our community and encourage an active, open dialogue."

According to Tambellini, technology vendors are also welcome and encouraged to participate in the Best Practices Community and all of the other open discussion communities on the edu1world website for a nominal monthly fee.

For additional information on the edu1world Best Practices Community, please contact Vicki Tambellini. Full time higher education institution employees can register at any time at no charge.

About Edu1world
Edu1world LLC is an online professional network for higher education administrative professionals, vendors, associations, and faculty who are interested in and work with technology. It is a virtual community where members from around the world connect, collaborate, communicate, and access the information they need to succeed. The edu1world mission is to deliver a state of the art web 2.0 SaaS application that builds transparency between technology vendors and educational institutions and unites the vendor community with the education industry for the benefit of all. Edu1world LLC is owned by Vicki Tambellini and Liz Dietz.

Edu1world is a project of The Tambellini Group, a consultancy providing trusted market insights through innovative tools, high-quality research and industry expertise that minimizes the risks associated with technology purchase decisions, improves vendor-customer relationships, and enables breakthrough results for decision makers who work in or serve the education, government and not-for-profit markets. The Tambellini Group, founded and led by Vicki Tambellini, is headquartered in Irvington, Virginia.

About CIBER, Inc.
CIBER Inc. (NYSE: CBR) is a pure-play international system integration consultancy and outsourcing provider with superior value-priced services and reliable delivery for both private and government sector clients. CIBER's services are offered globally on a project- or strategic-staffing basis, in both custom and enterprise resource planning (ERP) package environments, and across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., CIBER now serves client businesses from over 40 U.S. offices, 25 European offices and seven offices in Asia/Pacific. Operating in 18 countries, with more than 8,500 employees and annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion, CIBER and its IT specialists continuously build and upgrade clients' systems to "competitive advantage status." CIBER is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. CIBER, the Reliable Global IT Services Partner.

CIBER and the CIBER logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of CIBER, Inc.

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