Mobile First: Growing capabilities at the speed of technology

Enabling more mobile, wireless and cellular on campus is a no-brainer, right? So it’s no surprise that Mobile First – an initiative aimed at giving everyone at Ohio State the flexibility to develop a true mobile office so they can work from anywhere – is among OCIO’s most important initiatives this year.

“Growth and change is the nature of technology,” says Deputy CIO Diane Dagefoerde. “Over the past few years we’ve built up cell coverage, launched WiFi@OSU and enhanced osuwireless coverage across campus. Mobile First builds upon that work. The mantra of the project is simple – ‘work is an activity, not a place’.”

The overarching goals we’ve defined are aimed at improving employee productivity and meeting the expectations of students and faculty who expect a high quality mobile environment for teaching, learning, and research.

For FY15 to FY18 we’ve defined our Mobile First objectives as follows:

  • Enable faculty and staff to collaborate and share information through unified communications applications available on both wired and wireless devices. 
  • Ensure our OSUWireless network is available in all academic, administrative, student gathering areas and appropriate green spaces.
  • Make enterprise applications and enterprise learning systems accessible through mobile devices, enabling wireless printing and projection.

Mobile First is a long-term strategic direction. Each year we will update a 3-year rolling plan of initiatives that leverages new technologies as they become available. Naturally, all this work supports our ultimate goal – to provide a consistent, first-rate technology experience both within and outside of the classroom. For more information about Mobile First, contact Senior Director, Infrastructure Bob Corbin at 2-9997.