Monday, January 24, 2011
Work on UW-Madison’s IT Strategic Plan is moving forward, with a renewed emphasis on action with measures for success.
Following a lengthy process of gathering input from the campus, teams identified 38 initiatives that resulted in formal charters, but attempts to prioritize these initiatives in 2009-10 met with mixed success. To reinvigorate the IT planning process, Interim CIO Joanne Berg met with representatives of campus governance groups, including the Information Technology Committee (ITC) and the Madison Technology Advisory Group (MTAG), to propose a set of five information technology investment recommendations that can be addressed quickly:
Bobby Burrow, Madison Technical Advisory Group (MTAG), Administrative Information Management Services (AIMS) Katrina Forrest, Information Technology Committee (ITC) Chair, Department of Bacteriology Dan Jacobsohn, MTAG, School of Education Mathew Jones, ITC, Department of Physiology Rob Kohlhepp, MTAG, College of Engineering John Krogman, DoIT Cathy O’Bryan, DoIT Jim Phelps, DoIT Brian Rust, CIO Communications Rhonda Thompson, MTAG, School of Veterinary Medicine Alan Wolf, Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS), DoIT
Focusing attention on these five areas reflects a pragmatic view of the pace of change on campus and differing outlooks on priorities. “We understand that you can’t work on 38 things at once,” Berg says. “Instead, we want to coalesce around the most important, fundamental things we can do in the short term.” To that end, Berg has formed an 11-member task force that will take a first pass at her five investment recommendations and answer these questions for each:
The task force first met on January 7, with more meetings planned for January 25 and February 2. Based on the work of the task force, Berg expects to submit specific proposals to the Chancellor by mid-February. Work on projects in the five areas should start in the spring. Berg stresses that the initiatives outlined earlier in the IT Strategic Plan exercise are still viable. “Just because some of the 38 initiatives don’t appear on this list of five does not mean that they aren’t important,” she says. “But an even greater priority for the campus is to energize this planning process and establish momentum going forward. That is happening now.” For more information on the progress of UW-Madison’s IT Strategic Plan, see www.cio.wisc.edu/plan
DoIT leadership has selected ten of the original IT Plan charters based on several criteria: alignment with the Campus Strategic Framework; the Madison Undergraduate Initiative; impact on the campus community; added campus efficiency or functions; and environmental energy (green) impact. These ten initiatives are:
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