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.
We’re making great strides advancing the OneIT projects, which are key to achieving the goals of TIER. With the project work well underway, we have reached a point where we can start to think more strategically about future state—our long-term vision and strategic objectives, culture, structure of the organization, and how to get there. During a half-day workshop with Tippie College of Business faculty, university IT leaders began developing a unified vision for the future.
On Nov. 4, members of the OneIT project teams traveled to Cedar Falls for a retreat with their counterparts from Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. They made progress in several areas, exchanging information about technology plans and strategies and discussing opportunities for collaboration. Going forward, they decided to continue meeting as a full group on an annual basis, and to convene the topical sub-groups as needed throughout the year.
IT professionals from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa will gather Nov. 4 at the UNI campus to exchange information on technology initiatives and discuss opportunities for collaboration. This is the third IT retreat held among the three schools; the first two were hosted at the UI and ISU. The chief information officers from each institution continue to hold weekly conference calls, all part of the broader TIER initiative to enhance collaboration across the schools.
Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle is having conversations with collegiate/administrative IT leaders and their supervisors to move forward with a key OneIT objective, which is to create a unified IT organizational structure for campus to improve coordination and collaboration across the IT community.
We received a question on whether a couple of recent changes are related to, or officially part of, OneIT. Specifically, it was in reference to core IT staff from the Registrar and Admissions offices joining teams in Administrative Information Systems (AIS) over the summer, and about ITS taking on end user support for a handful of campus units. Thanks for the question! We appreciate hearing what you want to know so we can communicate accordingly. Here's a response from Associate VP & CIO Steve Fleagle.
UI students moved to Office 365 two years ago, and have had positive feedback on the change. We’re excited to expand the service to employees, unifying everyone into the same modern user experience.
The benefits of this upgrade include:
- 50 times larger email quota (from 1 GB to 50 GB – no more deleting old messages!)
- 1TB of cloud file storage through OneDrive (current home drives are 25 GB). You can access files from anywhere, sync across all devices, and share files and folders with co-workers.
- Each employee can install the full Office Suite for FREE on up to 5 personal computers/devices
- Optional use of online Office apps (Excel, Word, Power Point, & OneNote) for easy collaboration
- Seamless integration with instant messaging, video conferencing, and online meetings
- Office 365 is compatible with smartphones and mobile devices, and accessible through the web
- If you continue using desktop versions of Microsoft applications, like Outlook, your experience won’t change
We are starting to post draft project plans to this site. Currently the plans for Office 365 (a sub-project of the Communication & Collaboration project) and Instructional Spaces are available, and we will continue to add more as they are ready to share.
If you have comments on the draft project plans, please use the feedback forms on the project pages to let the project leaders/managers and Program Office know. We also plan to schedule another series of listening posts, once we have several of the draft plans ready for discussion.
In recent presentations to UI administrators and at the Tech Forum in June, Associate Vice President & CIO Steve Fleagle has made some important points about change—why we are doing all of this, and what exactly we must change. Here's what he said.
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