IT Priorities

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 We have identified several priorities to support the goals of our ReIT and the larger campus strategic plan.

Campus Strategy: Berkeley empowers engaged thinkers and global citizens to change our world.

Goal 1

One IT Goal 1: Provide all students the essential tools and data they need to be engaged thinkers and global citizens.

Instructional Resilience: 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, pandemics, air quality challenges, or other events that could disrupt ordinary instruction in the future. (Lead: Research, Teaching and Learning; Berkeley Law)

SIS Phase 2: Complete critically needed enhancements to improve the utility of the Student Information System. Finalize SIS Phase 2 project deliverables with a focus on operational efficiencies leading to a more reliable, secure, and integrated information system. Create an operational model that allows for future continuous improvement. (Lead: Enterprise Applications)

Student Technology Equity: Increase equity in student access to technology needed for the remote educational experience, by providing technology such as laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other peripherals to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need (STEP); and installing wireless coverage in campus family student housing (UVA Wi-Fi Enhancement Project).  (Lead: Student Affairs IT; IST-Telecom)

Campus Strategy: Berkeley focuses on the good to address society’s great challenges. up arrow

Goal 2One IT Goal 2: Develop the research cyberinfrastructure Berkeley needs to address society’s great challenges and to share knowledge for the public good. 

Secure Research Data and Computation: Launch the Secure Research Data and Compute platform, providing HPC and VM environments in support of researchers working with highly sensitive (P4) data. Provide consulting expertise for researchers working with sensitive data. In collaboration with campus partners, develop the policies and business processes required for this platform. (Lead: Research, Teaching and Learning; Data Platform Service; IST-Infrastructure)

Data Science Tools and Infrastructure: Partner with Data Sciences division to facilitate the broad adoption of innovative data analysis tools for students, making them readily available to any instructor by the end of spring 2021. (Lead: Research, Teaching and Learning)

Library Digital Services: Enhance the library’s digital service operations, such as digitization and submission pipelines into digital library repositories like the HathiTrust and Library’s Digital Collections portal, to provide increased access to Library books and materials. Strengthen UC Berkeley Library services to become more resilient to power outages, pandemics, air quality challenges, and other possible disruptions. (Lead: Libraries IT)

Campus Strategy: Berkeley embraces the California up arrowspirit:
diverse, inclusive, entrepreneurial.

Goal 3

One IT Goal 3: Create a diverse and inclusive community of IT professionals who are trusted and strategic partners with the campus, alumni, and the public.

One IT Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: Foster a more diverse and inclusive culture across One IT by identifying resources, defining the program activities and identifying specific deliverables. Work in partnership with the campus Director of Diversity, Equity, Including and Belonging (DEIB) to align with campus DEIB goals. (Lead: Office of the CIO; Enterprise Applications; IT Client Services; IST-Telecom)

Campus IT Governance: Establish a new governance model around the Productivity Suite set of applications and tools that includes representation from key campus stakeholders, including the ASUC. (Lead: Office of the CIO; Enterprise Applications)

Berkeley’s IT Foundationup arrow


One IT Goal 4: 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. Support all strategies above.

IT for COVID Recovery: Support campus in using technology to aid in COVID recovery and returning to the physical campus. Solutions include symptom screening, essential worker tracking, a refactored campus application, a reporting dashboard, and technology support for testing applications. (Lead: Enterprise Applications; Architecture Platforms and Integration; Engineering IT; Enterprise Data and Analytics; Haas Technology Solutions; Information Security Office; Student Affairs IT; University Health Service IT)

Enabling the Future of Work: With advisors from representative campus IT groups, engage in strategic long-term planning activities to understand changing needs and create a resilient IT organization/community that can effectively support the future of higher education work. Areas of focus include telecommuting technology, conferencing, remote support, networking infrastructure, research, teaching and learning tools and technology, and other tools and services. (Lead: IT Client Services; Berkeley Law IT; Engineering IT; Intercollegiate Athletics IT; IST-Infrastructure; Libraries IT; Student Affairs IT; University Development and Alumni Relations IT; University Health Service IT; Research, Teaching, and Learning)

Security IS-3 Implementation: Complete Unit Assessment pilot program for IS-3 Implementation and make improvements based on feedback. Identify units for the next cohort, including high-risk research units. Socialize the IS-3 framework with campus leadership and the research community. (Lead: Information Security Office; Data Platform Services; Environment, Health and Safety IT; Intercollegiate Athletics IT; Letters and Sciences IT)

Next Generation Wi-Fi (dependent on funding): Support campus operations by implementing a modern Wi-Fi network infrastructure throughout campus, with a primary focus on educational and research spaces. Includes optimized design and replacement of old equipment to improve the user experience. (Lead: IST-Telecom; Engineering IT; Student Affairs IT)

Data Center Critical and Strategic Needs: This initiative consists of several projects: (1) to assess current UC Berkeley data center services including the Earl Warren Data Center, (2) to develop a multi-year plan for addressing immediate computing and storage needs, and (3) to create a modern, hybrid strategy that combines public cloud, data center and edge data center capabilities to meet the longer-term research, academic and administrative needs of UC Berkeley. (Lead: Office of the Chief Technology Officer; IST-infrastructure; Engineering IT; Research, Teaching, and Learning)

Enterprise Data and Analytics: Provide campus leaders and analysts with the information and data exploration tools needed to make critical decisions while navigating the monumental instructional, research, operational and financial challenges posed by the pandemic. (Lead: Enterprise Data and Analytics; Research, Teaching and Learning)

Cloud Management and Container Platforms: Launch Cloud Management and Container Platforms: Deploy vRealize Automation as a cloud management platform (CMP) for on premise self-service private cloud, and a service to deploy Kubernetes clusters for campus that will support our campus cloud strategy and the Computing, Data Science and Society initiatives. (Lead: Data Platform Services; Environment, Health and Safety IT)

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