As we all know, vendor support – the right vendor support – can be key to carrying out the sundry jobs that an Army of One in higher education is tasked with.
Some vendors work well with small teams and solo practitioners. Some don’t. Hey, we can’t all play nicely together all the time.
Ron and I thought talking with some of the vendors we’ve found to be particularly helpful to small teams might be a good addition to Higher Ed Solo. We’d love to hear your stories of working with vendors, especially of those who have a knack for working with limited resources and budgets.
We’ll always tell you the extent of our relationship with the vendors we talk to for this feature on the blog. Promise. We don’t have any sponsors here, but we think it’s important that you all know as much as you can about each of these companies.
To start off this series, I talked to Kyle James, CEO for nuCloud. My school, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, uses a nuCloud map as a recruiting tool. We’re in one building, so wayfinding has not been a huge issue, but recruiting is. We sometimes get students from the other side of the country who have never been in Arkansas. We wanted to give them a good idea of the building and people here.
Another disclaimer about this interview. The day Kyle and I shot it, the headset that I use for Skype was being janky. When I imported the video, it had this weird feedback sound when I talked. (No jokes allowed about my accent!) Toward the end of the interview, it resolved itself. Even weirder. Anyway, that’s the reason for the partial use of slides with questions on them and the standard interview technique. Hope it’s not too distracting.
Which vendors do you work with? How do they make your job as an Army of One easier? We’d love to hear.