To meet the UI's future needs, OneIT must continually evolve and adapt to changes in technology and higher ed.
OneIT didn't get its name until 2015, but the journey to a more unified IT operation began decades ago when IT professionals from across the campus started meeting regularly to discuss common IT issues.
The IT community has continued to work more closely and continually adapt to technology and its role at the UI. Together the community has adapted to rapid changes in and massive adoption of technology, the evolution of higher education, and the efficiency goals of the Transparent, Inclusive Efficiency Review (TIER) initiative.
These changes—especially the TIER process and the formation of OneIT—have been both challenging and exciting. As we view the trends and forces acting upon us now, and those we anticipate in the future, we predict that the pace of change will likely accelerate.
The IT community must continue to evolve and adapt. One strategy set by OneIT is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of IT by transforming the way IT commodity and infrastructure services are delivered, so that resources can be reallocated toward innovation and IT needs aligned with the mission and strategies of the university.
We must identify areas of IT where specialization and innovation are critical to meet unique needs in research and instruction and assure that those needs are addressed in a way that achieves the strategic goals of the university and colleges, as well as the individual goals of students, faculty, and staff. Our skilled staff and IT governance councils will help us to prioritize needs and make decisions about how we adapt to new and emerging technologies.
As important as it is for OneIT to be responsive to the IT needs of the university, it is also important that OneIT continues to evolve and position itself to be as supportive as is possible for the university in the future.