2002 Strategic Computing Plan

Report Summary

Reports from ITAC Committees

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) was created to provide faculty, students and staff at the University of Florida with a user-centric environment that applies technology in support of the University mission.

Information Technology (IT), coupled with a better understanding of their role in pedagogy, research, external communications, and administrative operations will improve the quality of education through individualized learning, interactive learning materials and activities, individualized study plans, and built-in continuous assessment with feedback. IT will also play an important role in shaping the future through enabling new kinds of research and the development of new technologies for broader use. IT will provide new opportunities for the University community to engage external constituents and friends by making our work more visible and accessible. Finally, IT will allow an integrated approach to perform administrative operations effectively and efficiently.

This report is the first result of the strategic effort to align IT resources with the University mission. This on-going process has involved a broad range of individuals from the university community and the ITAC advisory structure. It has included a review of peer institutions, white papers, and discussions among ITAC committee members, faculty, staff and students.

Through this process, a set of five strategic focus areas were identified: 1) Teaching and Research, 2) Service and Support, 3) Infrastructure, Security and Standards, and 5) Planning, Administration and Human Resource Issues. Under each of these, a series of goals were articulated that are critical to align the organization with the University mission (see strategic alignment diagram).

To realize the vision of an IT organization that supports the University mission, an integrated approach is in place that addresses:

  1. On-going strategic planning
  2. The creation of a new IT organization from existing organizations
  3. Strategic allocation of resources and budget guidance
  4. IT architecture planning and management, and
  5. Performance measurement to assess benefits and outcomes against total cost of ownership.