Looking Back—Looking Ahead

December 23, 2013

A message from Larry Conrad, AVC-IT & CIO

2013 has been a whirlwind of a year for me, and joining UC Berkeley has definitely been the highlight. Given the pace this year and the many successes we’ve had, I hope your year has been equally exciting and rewarding. The many accomplishments—too many to list here—have clearly made a difference for Berkeley IT and for the University overall. I know the campus leaders, faculty, staff, and students we serve, also echo this sentiment. Thank you.

In my 10 months at UC Berkeley, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to campus leaders about their goals, and thinking about how we can best partner to achieve them. There are a number of large-scale, highly visible initiatives underway that we need to deliver on—new student information system, new contracts and grants system, Cal Central, new research computing cluster, new information security strategy, consolidated ticketing system, IT governance, virtualization of applications and infrastructure, and network improvements—just to mention a few.

I think this is an important time for us all. We are at a point where IT plays a dominant role for the University, and we must respond to campus needs with solutions that are guided by strategy and which solve real problems for our faculty, staff, and students. We also have a new openness to a spirit of cooperation and partnership with our IT colleagues here at Berkeley. We’re making headway on all this, but have many opportunities ahead. This will indeed be an exciting journey for all of us.

We are making a difference, and I look forward to another successful year in 2014. I thank you all for your hard work and your dedication to the mission of UC Berkeley. I also extend a special thank you to those of you who work through the curtailment period to keep our IT systems up-to-date and running.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!