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IT Governance Gets Started for 2011

January 14, 2011

The Business Services Committee (BSC) met on Friday, January 7, 2011 and began addressing the Administrative Systems Master Plan in earnest. A coordination group has been established by BSC chair, Fred Friedrich, University Controller. The group includes representatives from BSC, the Architecture & Infrastructure Committee (AIC) and the Administrative IT Leaders (AITL) group. There will be more news to come on this effort later in the semester.

For the first time ever, the AIC and Research and Educational Technology (R&E) committees held a joint meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, to share information and ask questions on topics of interest to both groups. Minimum computing standards for classroom technology, staff computers and bandwidth were discussed. The pending investment in massive data storage capabilities was another key discussion topic.

Expectations are that the procurement of massive data storage for campus will better position colleges and administrative units to avoid the higher costs of buying and maintaining their own data storage arrays, as well as reduce costs for ITS data storage dependent services by exploiting the significantly lower costs per gigabyte for raw storage. A data storage Request for Proposals is anticipated to be issued in the February 2011 timeframe. To learn more, please review the meeting notes posted on the IT governance website.

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