You have probably noticed some signs of it: the landscape of Information Technology at the Claremont Colleges has begun to change significantly. In this article, I will remind you of some of the initiatives that have started or will start in the near future and try to give an idea of their potential impact.
The Council of the Claremont Colleges (“Presidents’ Council”) commissioned a report on Information Technology from consulting firm BerryDunn in 2013. The report made a number of recommendations about consolidation and cost reduction/avoidance. This led to extensive discussion between the ITC (committee of CIOs of the Colleges) and Council, resulting in the creation of six initiatives, collected under an IT@TCC umbrella. The initiatives were to do with Networking, Security, Disaster Recovery, Telephony, Identity and Access Management and Data Centers.
At a very high level, the initiatives all call for appropriate centralization and improved management under the aegis of CUC. In 2016, many of the original six, as well as a few others, launched. CUC has begun to build a strong IT unit that will manage shared services. They have made a number of great hires for the roles of CIO, deputy CIO and network management.
A new cross functional committee, the IT Steering Committee, has been formed. It is comprised of the Vice Presidents from each College with responsibility for IT, the Dean of the Library, and representatives from each of the committees that report to Council (Academic Deans, Treasurers, Student Deans, Communications). This committee has responsibility for governance of IT and for making decisions about which services should be provided at a Claremont wide level, rather than at individual colleges. You can read about the ITSC and view its membership on the new it.claremont.edu site. That site also has information on a number of sub-committees (called “ITOCs”) that are digging into initiatives on networking, telephony, identity and access management among others.
Other initiatives that started before the ITSC was formed are connecting up with the new governance structure and process. They include:
- Claremont participation in the Workday Student Strategic Influencer program, led by Andrew Dorantes
- Assessment of Student Information Systems (SIS), led by Jeff Groves
- Deployment of Workday’s Human resources system, led by Stig Lanesskog of CUC
So what might this all mean for HMC faculty, students or staff?
By the summer, Council should have a recommendation from the SIS assessment group regarding the student information system. It will take at least a couple of years, once a decision on a vendor has been made, to deploy a new system, but we will be saying goodbye to the current versions of the Jenzabar portal and underlying software. I know that this will be welcome news to many.
The deployment of Workday HCM (“Human Capital Management”) has begun. This is the second Workday system that is being deployed for the Claremont Colleges, following the Financial Management System – the two are tightly integrated. The new system is scheduled to go live in January 2018 (to coincide with the tax year). We will be saying goodbye to UltiPro, to PeopleAdmin (for job applicants) and to current performance evaluation system (word docs). Cynthia Beckwith, Kimberly Taylor and I are your HMC representatives on the workgroups responsible for deploying Workday HCM. So please get in touch if you think there’s some aspect of this that you would like to influence. We’d love to know what is currently working well, what works but could be improved and what is not working for you at all.
The landscape really is changing, and there is much more to report, but I will stop for now. Do get in touch if you have questions or comments.