IT Priorities

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We have identified several priorities to support the goals of both our IT strategic plan and the broader campus plan for 2021-2022.

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.

Digital Learning Strategy: Advise and support the development of a campus-wide strategy for digital learning to ensure that we continue to build instructional resilience, continue to advance the Digital Learning Initiative, and have a more clearly defined approach to online education that addresses accessibility, risk, revenue and mission. (Lead: Research, Teaching, and Learning)

Student Technology Equity: Support and advocate for equitable technology access to enable undergraduate and graduate students to fully engage in learning and research. Continue to provide technology such as laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other peripherals to students with significant financial need via the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP). (Lead: Student Affairs IT)

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. 

Research Cybersecurity: Incentivize and facilitate researchers to adopt fully the best practices of secure computing and data management, making available secure solutions coupled with supporting educational, consulting and outreach services for onsite and cloud-based computing. This effort is to be conducted and coordinated with partners on campus—Research, Teaching, and Learning Services (RTL); Information Security Office (ISO); Vice Chancellor for Research Office (VCRO); Information Services & Technology (IS&T); the D-Lab; and the Library) as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (Lead: Research, Teaching, and Learning)

UC Library Search: Participate locally and systemwide in the implementation of a shared, innovative system wide integrated library system (SILS) across all 10 UC campuses, two regional library facilities, and the California Digital Library. Coordinate and enable an enhanced and user-centered level of integration in core functional areas: circulation, management, and sharing of print, media, and electronic collections to help transform library services and operations. (Lead: Library)

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.

Strategically Aligned IT Organization: Build an agile central IT organization that serves as a strategic partner to efficiently deliver campus IT services. Focus on the people, process, and structure to be agile, and to allow staff to do their best work. Embrace diversity and equity, and foster a sense of belonging on the team and with the campus community. (Lead: Office of the Chief Information Officer)

Accessibility of Digital Tools and Content: In partnership with campus stakeholders, continue to support the implementation of the UC IT Accessibility Policy and further evolve the institution’s posture in relation to accessibility of all online applications, digital tools, and content. (Lead: Productivity and Collaboration Services)

Campus IT Governance: Establish a new mechanism/model to engage key campus stakeholders in governance around critical technology-related issues, including the Productivity Suite set of applications and tools; enterprise applications; data ownership and handling; and risk mitigation associated with the widespread use of unlicensed administrative cloud-based applications and tools. (Lead: Office of the Chief Information Officer)

Enable One IT Professionals: Provide resources and support for the broader One IT community. Foster opportunities for connection, idea exchange, and professional development.(Lead: Office of the Chief Information Officer)

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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.

Campus-wide Cybersecurity Implementation: Continue the multi-year phased implementation of IS-3 (information security risk management) across campus, with a focus on high-risk academic, research, and administrative units, and ongoing engagement.(Lead: Information Security Office)

Improving the Campus Wi-Fi Experience: Without a sustainable Wi-Fi funding model, redirect limited efforts to implement changes to campus building and outdoor Wi-Fi that optimize design and available bandwidth, improve reliability and performance, and create a better overall user experience. Continue to support locally funded efforts to prioritize the upgrade of equipment in areas that provide incremental funding. (Lead: Infrastructure Services and Telecommunications)

Data Center and Cloud Services Strategy and Roadmap: Develop a multi-year strategy and plan to address Berkeley's immediate and future computing and data storage needs through a combination of public cloud and on-premise capabilities. Create a roadmap for the data center services that the campus needs; plan the multi-year retirement of the Earl Warren Data Center; engage stakeholders representing research, academics, administration and IT; and continue developing/maturing our cloud services and infrastructure in a hybrid model. (Lead: Chief Technology Officer)

Enabling a Successful Return to Campus: Continue to support the campus in using technology to aid in COVID recovery and transitioning to the physical campus. Provide leadership and guidance around best uses of technology for remote/hybrid operations as well as ensuring health and safety. Convene workgroups as needed to produce the best recommendations, solutions, and tools to meet campus needs. (Lead: Enterprise Applications)

Google/Box File Storage and Migration: Recognizing the end to “free and unlimited” cloud storage and services, rationalize and stabilize file storage and collaboration options available. Develop and implement a plan to migrate files across different services to avoid costs related to service modifications from storage providers. (Lead: Productivity and Collaboration Services)

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