Help us Reimagine IT at UC Berkeley

November 17, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to let you know about a new One IT initiative I am sponsoring called Reimagining IT, and to encourage all of you to get involved. Information about the program is provided below. I hope you will find a way to participate in this work, whether it be volunteering to serve on one of the Work Groups, providing feedback through the various mechanisms described below, or encouraging your IT colleagues to learn more. Please contact the Reimagining IT Design Team with any questions:


Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO

What is Reimagining IT?

Reimagining IT is the name of our nine-month, bottom-up strategic planning process that will engage the greater One IT and campus community. The project will run from October 2016 - June 2017, and has three key goals:

  1. Create an IT strategic plan to support the UC Berkeley campus for the next five years.
  2. Build a shared mental model and increased capacity among campus IT leaders and staff to implement future change.
  3. Get “stuff” done during the planning process. Great and doable ideas will be implemented along the way. Some of these will be related to existing “in-flight” projects.

Why are we engaging in strategic planning now?

We have an opportunity now to comprehensively align Berkeley IT to our core campus mission of teaching, learning, and research, and to critical needs of our faculty, students, and staff. With a strategic plan for Berkeley IT we can change the dialogue from short-term, one-off decisions to more strategic discussions that include investments for the future, and support important in-­flight initiatives. We have an opportunity to reshape the narrative about IT at Berkeley, and to provide strategic recommendations for our new campus-level executives when they are on board.

How is the project structured?  

Our nine-month project is designed to be iterative. It has five sprints where “working groups” delve into one of the IT Leadership and staff-identified project focus areas to develop recommendations and plans of action. The Work Groups will be comprised of interested IT staff of all levels from across the campus. View the full timeline. Larry Conrad, CIO/AVC is the project sponsor. More information about the project Design Team, Advisory Group, as well as the current working group leaders and membership is available on the Reimagining IT website.

We are using the OGST (Objective, Goals, Strategies, Tactics) strategic planning framework. We will be utilizing the Work Groups and the Advisory Group as well as your input to refine our Goals, Strategies, and Tactics in the coming weeks and months to develop our finalized plan intended to realize our highest level objective:

“Berkeley One IT is a trusted and strategic campus partner, directly supporting the teaching, learning, and research goals of faculty and students, financially sustainable, and providing and protecting core IT services for the common good.”  

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved! First, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list that will send out regular updates and identify new ways to get involved as they emerge. Just send a blank email to

If you are interested in being involved as a Work Group member or as a subject matter expert, you can fill out our interest form. We will be reaching out to people who sign up as new working groups are convened through the process. We will also be holding open seminars during every sprint where the IT community can come learn about and provide feedback on current Work Groups. The next open seminar is planned for Monday, Dec. 5, 2:30-4 p.m. More information about this and future events will be posted on the project website and One IT calendar.

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Related Links: Reimagining IT Website | Timeline | Process | Work Groups | Contact