IT Teams Receive COSA for their Collaborative Work

May 12, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating The Berkeley Desktop and Cal Answers Staff Retirement Metrics project teams who were among the 20 staff members and nine teams that have been selected to receive the 2016 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award!

Known as the COSA, this award is presented to individual staff members and teams who demonstrate exceptional initiative to create significant positive impact on the UC Berkeley campus community. Not only are these awards among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor, but also the work of these two teams serves as a great example of the collaborative spirit that drives our One IT efforts, for which we can collectively be proud.

The Berkeley Desktop team, part of Endpoint Engineering and Infrastructure (EEI) in the division of Information Services and Technology (IST), developed an ecosystem that includes a custom system image combined with services that enables a new or repurposed computer to be operational in approximately 30 minutes with minimal set-up. This ecosystem reduces costs, saves time, and provides a better experience for both end users and IT staff alike. The Berkeley Desktop service automatically distributes regular updates and critical patches to each machine in order to keep it secure. There are over 13,000 machines in over 50 departments under management by the team. More than 7,000 of these machines run the standard Berkeley Desktop image, dramatically reducing the risk of exposure to vulnerabilities. Learn more about The Berkeley Desktop

The team:

  • Alex Kim, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Ben Gross, Manager, EEI
  • Clifton Hom, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Jim Vaughn, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Kerry Hays, Software Central, EEI
  • Riff Khan, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Stan Cheung, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Tim Scoppetta, Systems Administrator, EEI
  • Vanessa Kaskiris, Senior Technical Project Manager, EEI

The cross-departmental Cal Answers Staff Retirement Metrics project team conceived and developed a dashboard project that addresses the growing problem of an aging workforce at UC Berkeley. The team realized that by putting information about the composition of the workforce in the hands of units, it would help managers make better decisions regarding their workforce planning and even help with project prioritization. Within four months of the project launch, it was live on the Cal Answers portal, and within weeks, it had the second highest query traffic. The goal of the team was to provide an effective workforce planning tool for units that was intuitive and easy to use. This type of tool had never been created by any of the UC campuses, and the team had to study dashboards across other industries and use their own creativity to come up with unique solutions. This tool has had a great impact on units, and it will be in high demand as the a percentage of the workforce prepares for retirement in the next decade. Visit the Cal Answers website

The team:

  • Cheryl Kojina, Data Warehouse Specialist, IST – Enterprise Data
  • Douglas McSkimming, Communications Lead, Central Human Resources
  • Indu Tandon, Analytics Program Manager, Central Human Resources
  • Max Michel, Data Integration Manager, IST – Enterprise Data
  • Provin Dhawan, Business Intelligence Architect, IST – Enterprise Data
  • Shubha Narasimhan, Data Analyst, IST – Enterprise Data
  • Tim Fuson, EEO Analyst, Central Human Resources

Watch the streamed event!

Recipients will be recognized by Chancellor Dirks on Monday, May 16, 2-4 p.m. when Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Na'ilah Suad Nasir, other senior administrators will present the awards. Members of the Campus Community who would like to join us in celebrating these staff are encouraged to view the livestream broadcast of the award ceremony.

Congratulations again to all our COSA recipients!


Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer

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