im+m is not a traditional company. As a corporation, it facilitates the association of information technologists and subject-matter experts for higher education IT projects. Team members include im+m and Sigma Systems Inc. employees, contributors from colleges and universities, and partners from other companies. Project development follows the successful “open research and development” model combining talent and sharing resources in an open-information environment.
The success of im+m’s projects appears to come from these practices:
- The team is a collection of talented individual with experience in current technology with a record of success, and productive integration with subject-matter experts.
- The project is a collaboration with open communication among all parties.
- Research on “prior art”—what people have done before—and participation in industry standards bodies exploits what others have done and ensures interoperability with other software, improving both quality and value to the end user.
im+m’s first project was developing education technology to increase the retention of biology students planning on being employed in the health professions. It achieved a 30% increase of student success in the classes of a talented and motivated faculty member. im+m also developed technical plans for Arizona Community Colleges to implement two-way video communication permitting students to attend classes remotely and from other colleges.