Saying Farewell to 2014

December 18, 2014

A message from Larry Conrad, AVC-IT & CIO

Dear Colleagues,
The end of 2014 is fast approaching and I’ve been reflecting on what an incredible year this has been for campus IT. 
The spectrum of successful major accomplishments for IT at UC Berkeley is truly impressive. Here are just a few of them: launch of the Student Information System Replacement project, the new Contracts and Grants system, the new Berkeley Research Computing program, the new CalCentral student portal, the new CalTime system, the new Citrix-based (virtualized) Web browser, improved cell and wireless service for Memorial Stadium and campus, a new IT Governance structure, and launch of the One IT initiative. While the totality of your successes are too numerous to list here, all of this was done on top of the daily heroics you all deliver to keep critical systems and other infrastructure operating smoothly and performing well. 
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my long career, it’s how much hard work and coordination it takes to make IT at a large, decentralized institution like UC Berkeley run smoothly…AND look easy! You should all be proud of the extraordinary results achieved over this last year and the benefits you’ve delivered for the entire campus community.
Of course, we’ve had our share of challenges as well, but you have risen to those and IT at Berkeley is undeniably in better shape because of your efforts. As a result of all your hard work, both the track record and reputation for IT on campus has been substantively improved.
I’ll be back in the New Year with a fuller accounting of our 2014 achievements, and challenges and opportunities for 2015. For now, I just want to wish you all happy holidays and a relaxing curtailment break.
And, of course - Go Bears!
Larry Conrad
Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO