ReIT Program Update #27

November 20, 2019

Dear Colleagues, 

Paul Alivisatos and Oliver O’Reilly speaking with students and faculty about instructional resilience and the impact of the power shutdown.

Update to Top IT Priority Initiatives and Kicking Off Success Discussions

Two new IT Initiatives have been added to the top IT Priorities for FY20 in response to the PG&E power shut downs and the loss of instruction time that have severely impacted the campus in recent months. The ReIT Program Planning Group (PPG: Larry Conrard, Jenn Stringer, Liz Marsh, David Greenbaum, Shelly Kleinschodt) have added the new Instructional Resilience program kicked off by Provost Alivisatos and Academic Senate Chair O’Reilly, and a new integrated focus to Strengthen IT Enterprise Operations, led by DCIO Jenn Stringer and members of the IT Enterprise Group (see below for more details). This brings the number of top IT Priority Initiatives for FY20 to 20. See the updated IT Top Priorities for FY20 and the updated ReIT Executive Summary

To ensure that each of the IT Priority Initiatives for FY20 are on a path to success, the PPG has begun a series of Success meetings with each initiative leader. We will invite leaders from these initiatives to speak at future ReIT Open Seminars and other IT meetings to share information with the campus about the critical work they are carrying out.      

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Instructional Resilience 

One of our new IT priority initiatives, Instructional Resilience, has been added to the ReIT Strategic Plan in response to the Provost’s call for the entire community to become much more resilient to events that disrupt instruction. Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) will work to ensure that UC Berkeley continues in the development of instructional resilience planning and provides support services needed so that Berkeley can become much more resilient to power outages, air quality challenges, or other events that could disrupt ordinary instruction in the future. See Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos’ campus-wide message | Resources for Faculty

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Strengthen IT Enterprise Operations

Goal 4 in the ReIT Strategic Plan is to Sustain the IT foundation for campus faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Improve campus IT systems and infrastructure through innovation, sustainable funding, campus governance, and organizational evolution. Given the campus crises this year, it is apparent that we need focused work to ensure that the campus IT foundation is strong, resilient and secure. To that end, we have added an IT priority initiative in Goal 4 to improve the operating levels of campus IT enterprise services and infrastructure, with a focus on preparing for future campus emergencies and mitigating “at risk services.”

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Please join us for the Fall ReIT Open Seminar

We will gather in Sibley Auditorium on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. for the Fall ReIT Open Seminar. Get updates from Larry and Jenn on the ReIT Plan and FY20 Initiatives. Hear from the leaders of key ReIT initiatives during the seminar and enjoy pizza lunch with your colleagues in the Garbarini Lounge, where you have the opportunity to share the important work being done across the One IT community. Add this event to your bCal

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Progress: Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC)

The SRDC is an IT priority that directly supports the campus strategic plan’s Goal 2: Develop the research cyberinfrastructure Berkeley needs to address society’s great challenges and to share knowledge for the public good. This priority focuses on supporting faculty, students and postdocs working with sensitive data by developing new and improved IT services for restricted research data, by providing consulting expertise, and by coordinating efforts among the campus offices that are involved in reviewing data use agreements and security plans. Research, Teaching and Learning teams in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of the CIO are leading this effort. This was also a priority last year where they developed a successful proposal to build a big data resource for highly sensitive data (PL2). 

The initiative is currently designing and building a secure computing and data management platform comprising high performance computing nodes, virtual machine environments, and big data storage, designed and certified for highly sensitive data (UC P3, formerly UCB PL2). They are doing this with the support of many OneIT Partners.

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Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Warm Regards,

David Greenbaum, ReIT Director