New Student Information Systems (SIS) Department

August 29, 2016

Dear One IT Community and Campus Colleagues,

I want to announce that the Student Information Systems (SIS) Executive Steering Committee (ESC) and I have received approval to create a new SIS department to support the new system after the SIS project is completed. This new department will report in to me, as the campus CIO.

The SIS project is scheduled to conclude in March 2017 and then transition to ongoing operations. The new department will include a combination of staff from our various IT and campus organizations, and will follow the SIS project model of improving the Berkeley student, faculty, and staff experience through delivering user-centered technology and support.

To allow the SIS project team leadership to remain focused on completing their important work, I have asked my Deputy CIO, Lyle Nevels, to lead the formation of and transition to the new SIS department. The department is scheduled to be fully operational when the project concludes. The structure of the new department will be based in part on analysis and benchmarking work completed over the summer with Deloitte. Lyle will work with Associate CIO and Senior SIS Project Executive Angela Blackstone, myself, and the rest of the ESC, with input from the SIS Steering Council, to analyze the recommendations, assess organizational design, size the ongoing support team, and manage the process of standing up the new structure.

The successful SIS project has demonstrated what is possible with aligned leadership, collaboration, and shared governance. The project has served as a model for future projects to meet campus needs. Although the project will officially complete in March, our work will not be done. Moving forward, we have a unique opportunity to leverage the insights we gained by building on the new SIS to better serve our students and community and to ensure our IT services match the caliber of this world-class institution.

Of course, there is much work to do in the coming months to bring the SIS Project to a successful conclusion. This will be the culmination of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to substantively improve student system services here at Berkeley. We can all be proud of the exceptional work the SIS project team has accomplished in the spirit of One IT here at Berkeley and I’m looking forward to a bright future for the new system.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO

Related Links: SIS Executive Steering Committee | SIS Project Timeline | Meet the SIS Project Team