ReIT Program Update #28 - Read the FY21 Plan

September 30, 2020

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Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to share our updated Reimagining IT Strategic Plan for FY21. This new version was built over the past few months with the ReIT Program Planning Group (PPG) working directly with IT Departments across campus. 

To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement! Even with all of the uncertainty and COVID-related work, 23 departments provided their top priorities for FY21. While the pandemic didn’t allow for us to hold our annual July workshop to discuss the initiatives, the collective voice of the units was clear in their priorities: Do less and focus on COVID-related activities including remote instruction, return to research, and remote work. That strong message is reflected in our latest plan.

Leveraging the format we have followed in the past, this year’s plan includes summaries of our top IT Priority Initiatives for FY21 and shows their relationship to the campus’s key future strategies and the four ReIT goals. In keeping with “do less and focus on the right work” message that we have heard from the community, the number of priorities is 14, down from 20 in last year’s plan. 

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We have published two versions of the plan: 

Even in these challenging times, it is vitally important to hold onto a strategic IT vision and to publish an updated IT Strategic Plan for UC Berkeley. 

Looking back on our work over the years, we started the three-year project phase in 2016, we spent 2018 to the first part of 2020 in an implementation phase, and now this fall marks the move to an operational phase. 

I am so very grateful to David Greenbaum and Shelly Kleinschrodt, for their amazing leadership on the strategic plan work over the last four years. I wish Shelly the best in her retirement and we have conscripted David to come back from his retirement to work on an organizational assessment that you will hear more about in the coming weeks.

We will keep you posted on developments in our strategic planning efforts going forward. The IT Reimagining Strategic plan was developed in collaboration with our greater One IT community, and will continue to be a team effort into the future! 

Warmly,

Jenn

Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer