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BIZ/ED - Campus Connection, More on the Edge, Partnership Programs Gain Following

CAMPUS CONNECTION-A handful of new Internet startups aim to get hold of a portion of the $93 billion university students spend each year by offering services targeting college-age needs. Of the $93 billion that Kalorama Information estimates this group spends each year in addition to tuition, $97 million goes to electronic commerce transactions made during the average 22 hours each student uses the Web each week. Campus24 fancies itself as the eBay of the university set: items of particular interest to students, such as used books, small refrigerators, clothes, electronics and special offers from nearby retailers are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Campus24 was acquired in July by, which plans to introduce local Campus24 sites to its 600,000 members at 3,800 colleges and universities in the U.S. Campus Pipeline has more sweeping ambitions than Campus24. Campus Pipeline serves as the proprietary Internet portal for 2 million students at 400 schools. Colleges and universities without the money or desire to develop their own Web sites can use Campus Pipeline for free if they do not mind advertising appearing on the pages, or they may pay for Campus Pipeline's services. (Forbes 6 Sept 99 - Edupage 30 Aug 99)

MORE ON THE EDGE-Many companies believe they have become more aggressive toward implementing new technology in the last 18 months, according to a survey conducted last month by InformationWeek Research. These new technologies include customer relationship management and supply-chain software, electronic commerce and corporate portal systems, Java applications, knowledge management products and SANs. The motivating factors cited for embracing technology include increasing profitability and ROI, more technology-friendly attitudes of upper management and keeping pace with quickly changing technology. InformationWeek divided survey respondents into three groups, including leaders, average adopters, and laggards, depending on the extent to which they had adopted new technologies. Twenty-two percent of survey respondents fell into the leaders' category, over 50 percent of the respondents were considered average adopters, while about 25 percent were considered laggards. (Information Week 23 August 99 - Edupage 30 Aug 99)

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS GAIN FOLLOWING-Self-funded IT projects are gaining popularity because they provide state and local governments with the IT resources they need while avoiding lengthy funding negotiations. Rather than charge the government for the services they design, technology firms are beginning to charge the public for access to the sites they create. For example, in a contract between IBM and the state of Arizona, the technology firm funded its development of an online vehicle registration system. Yet it now receives $1 for each online transaction that takes place, as well as a portion of the state vehicle taxes and credit card processing fees. Meanwhile, the new system will save Arizona's Motor Vehicle Department $1.25 million annually. A new study, called "Vision 2010: Forging Tomorrow's Public-Private Partnerships," finds that these new alliances between the public and private sectors are becoming increasingly common, particularly in the areas of information technology and e-commerce. (Washington Technology 30 Aug 99 - Edupage 8 Sept 99)


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