Key Capabilities: Continually Advancing IT Infrastructure

Information technology, in particular, must be continually improved to remain state of the art. Our IT infrastructure will both support and encourage the scope and quality of research, collaboration and engagement that will take place across the University.

Perhaps nothing changes faster today than information technology. The challenge is to make investments in hardware, software and management and information systems that anticipate future needs and allow new technologies to be incorporated. More than any other challenge, this one is destined to always be a work in progress.

Several areas of emphasis have emerged in the past year. It is apparent that the University’s information systems need to be able to share information much more seamlessly and effectively than they do now, and increasing efforts are being devoted to this challenge. The Research Computing Task Force will determine the needs of the rapidly growing community of researchers who use high-performance computing in their work, and a review of growing academic and classroom computing demands and directions is a priority. We have begun exploring opportunities to outsource and distribute computing needs, and have recently shifted student e-mail to Google (gmail).

Continuing emphasis on a strategic and proactive approach to meeting the University’s information technology needs—including backup, redundancy and security—will be essential in the years ahead.