Why IT Governance now?

  • Over the last five years, the campus has faced, and continues to face, unprecedented fiscal challenges.
  • Each domain area – research, teaching and learning, administration/operational excellence – faces unique external pressures and internal needs, many of which require technology to address.
  • Demand for new or expanded IT services has exceeded the campus’ capacity (both financially and in terms of human resource/SME bandwidth) to deliver all that is desired or even needed – making tradeoffs essential.
  • The rate of evolution and democratization of technology impacts business/IT strategy and policy.
  • The ubiquitous digitization of assets, and the growing risks associated with the storage of electronic data, requires careful management.
  • UC Berkeley is significantly technologically behind on a number of fronts compared to our peers, requiring the ongoing prioritization of the things we are currently doing against the things we could do to ensure we keep pace with our competitors.

What is IT Governance?

IT Governance is a set of committees and processes intended to facilitate collaboration among campus leadership in the prioritization, funding, design and use of IT to ensure cost effective support of UC Berkeley’s teaching, learning, research and administrative strategic priorities.

IT Governance will not…

  • Make IT investment decisions about unique departmental needs;
  • Make decisions about IT issues and investments that don’t meet the criteria
    approved by the ITSC; or
  • Include the management of IT.  

A successful IT Governance model will:

  • Align IT strategy with campus strategic priorities.
  • Ensure IT infrastructure supports critical campus needs.
  • Transform business processes by leveraging effective IT solutions.
  • Scale IT solutions where appropriate.
  • Differentiate IT solutions, as needed.
  • Balance business and IT related risks.
  • Reduce duplication of IT services across the campus.
  • Enable effective decision-making that optimizes IT investments campus-wide.
  • Establish appropriate policies to support desired behavior and outcomes in the use of IT.
  • Encourage the development of the IT workforce (e.g., training standards).
  • Regulate the pace of change related to introduction of new technologies and systems.
  • Enable campus to manage administrative operations more efficiently and effectively.
  • Support the effective and secure use of data, including access, integration and management.
  • Evaluate and quantify the results of IT governance decisions through effective portfolio management.

IT Governance Model Executive Finance Committee, and EVCP Operations Group IT Strategy Committee Enterprise Applications and Data Committee Research, Teaching and Learning Technologies Committee IT Archtecture and Infrastructure Committee Information Risk Governance Committee Compliance, Accountability, Risk and Ethics Committee (CARE) This image is interactive, select a committee to learn more or view the enlarged image


Contact Liz Marsh, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, the sponsor for this initiative.