Rita Rosenthal, OCIO Communications
Hundreds of IT professionals from across the UC Berkeley campus gathered for IT Summit 2015, which took place Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10. Eighteen sessions were available for participants to choose from, with a range of topics -- IT Service management, student resources, research, new tools to support our daily work, IT staff professional development plans, a view into the student perspective, updates on developing technologies, and more. Presenters included both staff and students from a variety of campus units, including the University Libraries, SAIT, ETS, CSS, SPO, IST, the SIS project, and the Graduate Division.
The kickoff on Monday physically embodied the theme of the summit: Sharing Success and Rising to the Challenge as some brave attendees climbed up Hearst Avenue to join together in classrooms at Etcheverry Hall. Tuesday events, held in Genetics & Plant Biology, were less of a climb and more of a short hike away for those who attended in person. About half of the attendees at the events chose to join in via BlueJeans conference, which was an option for the Monday and Tuesday sessions.
The Summit’s grand finale was an IT and campus leadership discussion on Wednesday. There, Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer welcomed the crowd that trekked through the rain to Wheeler Auditorium to hear from a panel of IT leaders and Andrew Szeri, Vice Provost for Strategic Academic and Facilities Planning. Each panelist, in the spirit of Staff Appreciation week, gave thanks to their teams and campus collaborators for key accomplishments over the past year and provided a glimpse into the future of what is coming in the months ahead. This was followed by a candid conversation with Andrew Szeri, a long-time supporter and advocate for IT at Berkeley who continues to play a key role in our IT governance structure. Andrew touched on strategic planning for the campus and shared his own thoughts on how that process may play out and what impact it might have on the IT community. After some lively Q&A with audience members, the event came to a close and participants were invited to continue their day together sharing lunch and fun activities at Summerfest.