Working Together Toward a Common University IT Strategy

While it’s true that there are many great reasons to have qualified IT professionals distributed across the university, it’s also true that all these professionals working together on common IT solutions can yield a better overall IT experience for Ohio State students, faculty and staff.  Over the past 18 months, the IT Partnership Council, a group of IT leaders from units across the university, has articulated a common vision and direction for IT that is summarized in the University IT Strategy.  This strategy is meant to be used as a “flag on the horizon” of sorts to help central and distributed units align their IT investments in seven key areas.

We are pleased to announce that Joe Roush, CIO of the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE), will lead the next phase of the strategy development. He will spearhead the effort to further develop and implement this strategy throughout Fiscal Year 2017 with the support of OCIO, the IT Partnership Council, and IT colleagues throughout the university. 

“We’ve reached the next step,” says Deputy Chief Information Officer Diane Dagefoerde. “Joe’s leadership will allow us to hone our strategy with feedback from university stakeholders. The strategy is not set in stone. The council sees it as a living document – it must be flexible enough to grow and change as stakeholder needs evolve.”

We plan to accomplish the following by the end of Fiscal Year 2017:

  • Seek out and receive feedback on the draft University IT Strategy from key stakeholders.
  • Finalize version 1.0 of the Strategy.
  • Socialize the strategy across the university’s IT community (via workshops, meetings, etc.).
  • Acquaint university leadership including President’s Cabinet, Senior Management Council, Council of Deans, and other leadership groups with the strategy.
  • Align future IT roadmaps and future OCIO IT roadmaps to the seven strategic focus areas in time for FY18 budget planning decisions.
  • Develop reporting to demonstrate our progress in the seven strategic focus areas.
  • Develop a process to revise the strategy periodically.

Joe’s role will focus on raising awareness of the strategy, gathering stakeholder feedback and working with distributed IT leaders around the university. They will focus on determining how their IT projects align with the strategy’s seven focus areas and improving understanding of how to operationalize the strategy as part of the annual budgeting process. The ultimate goals are to accelerate local innovations in teaching, facilitate research and outreach, streamline IT services and foster IT collaborations at all levels.