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Charting your campus’ Identity Roadmap

How senior campus leadership can navigate identity decision-making

In order to effectively plan for the future and chart an Identity Roadmap, a campus has to first have a grasp of where their card program is today. It’s vital to understand the campus’ current ID landscape top to bottom.

The Roadmap is about creating a long-term vision, and having relevant campus stakeholders establish timelines and next steps together.

“We talk with campuses about the type of cards they’re using, the ID production environment, how the card is used on campus, how many and what types of readers are deployed on campus. We take a complete inventory of the campus’ identity structure,” says Smith. “From there, we look at how identity interacts with the campus, and which departments use it. Our personnel have a high degree of understanding and experience in the field, so we feel confident in our abilities to diagnose and solve any campus ID challenge.”

The identity roadmap isn’t just about conversation, however. “With the roadmap, we’re really talking about forging a working document for strategic planning,” Smith adds. “It’s about creating a long-term vision, and having those relevant campus stakeholders establish timelines and next steps together.”

The road ahead

It’s never too early to start thinking about new technology and implementation strategies for your campus. More and more campuses are making the move to advanced ID solutions seemingly by the day.

“Part of the identity roadmap is about having a migration strategy,” says Smith. “We want to help prepare campuses for newer, more future-proof technologies, so that when they’re ready to replace legacy structures there’s an established plan in place.”

Ultimately, Smith and the team at ColorID are providing card offices with the platform and the subject-matter experts to facilitate discussion among key campus stakeholders.

“Creating a roadmap can help card office management lead by positive example for both staff and the campus overall,” says Smith. “We want to help campuses create a forward-thinking plan that will make a difference for many years to come.”

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