Friday, April 15, 2016

The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) project has successfully delivered eCOI, eIACUC, eIBC, Tracker, eDsp-Work Control, eDSP-Work Queue, and Research Portal functionality. Collectively, those applications have made a big impact on reducing administrative burden for researchers and support staff.

Much of the success is credited to a partnership struck in 2010 between the Office of Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) and ITS-Administrative Information System (AIS). Under that arrangement, RIS Director Jose Jimenez has served on the AIS Leadership Team, RIS has been considered an AIS workgroup, and RIS staff have participated in ITS and AIS activities. 

Now entering the final stages of the eRA project, the teams are exploring fresh ways to support the eRA project and applications going forward. One result is a decision to shift RIS staff into AIS while maintaining the dual reporting relationship.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In recent months, OneIT Leaders and Associate Vice President & CIO Steve Fleagle have developed concepts for the future state of IT on the UI campus. Everyone will have to work together to realize that future and it will entail changes big and small. Today Fleagle announced two initial steps toward achieving the future state the OneIT Leaders have described:

  • Proceeding with the merger of ITS Enterprise Services and Enterprise Infrastructure to unify teams that provide the bulk of commodity IT services to campus
  • Making permanent Guy Falsetti’s role as the leader of the ITS Enterprise Infrastructure workgroups and adding formal responsibility for Enterprise IT Architecture as it relates to our campus infrastructure
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nominations for the inaugural TIER Excellence Awards are being accepted through April 11. We have many, many deserving candidates devoting time and energy to bring OneIT initiatives to fruition, so please consider participating in this opportunity for recognition. Recipients receive $1,000 and a commemorative gift in the categories of: Advancing TIER Implementation, Service Excellence, and Innovation and Process Improvement.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

In a series of recent future state planning retreats, OneIT leaders have developed high-level concepts for the culture, structure, and governance of IT on campus. A draft summary of the themes is now available. These concepts will be presented, along with project updates and other successes of collaboration, at a Town Hall for IT professionals and at listening posts for the broader campus community in April.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The state universities will concentrate external device encryption efforts on administrative units that routinely deal with Level III sensitive data and recommend mitigation tools for other campus units.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Regents are creating a Board-level IT policy for the three state universities. The high-level policy covers three areas: security, acceptable use, and technology accessibility. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Campus IT leaders made additional progress on strategic planning for OneIT at a February retreat.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All UI employees in an IT job classification will be assigned to complete a new SANS “Securing the Human” awareness training within the next six months. A “security aware” IT workforce is key to protecting institutional data and systems, as well as personal information. The fundamental guidance this training provides will be helpful as IT staff interact with the general workforce on campus.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

OneIT Leaders kicked off the new year with a strategic planning session. Based on the success of an initial workshop in December, 30 campus IT leaders reunited for a deeper dive into discussion about future state.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Campus IT staff are invited to attend the OneIT Winter Luncheon on Monday, February 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. The buffet luncheon will celebrate the new year and all of the collaboration and progress achieved in 2015. 

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