A number of major Consortium wide initiatives are under way, all designed to lead to what I like to call “appropriate centralization”. You may recall that the Presidents Council commissioned an IT report from BerryDunn in 2013. The resulting conversations led to the establishment of six initiatives owned by Stig Lanesskog, CEO of the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) and collected under the umbrella of IT@TCC. The initiatives are:
- Identity and Access Management
- IT Disaster Recovery
- Data Centers
For each of these, the College Presidents have asked us to “begin the planning necessary to seek a common solution” (letter from Council to ITC, 1/27/2015).
The Information Technology Committee (ITC) has since been working hard on each of these initiatives and we have made significant strides. The goal is to have implementation plans for the first four initiatives by the end of Spring Semester 2016.
The impact of these initiatives on Harvey Mudd is, as yet, hard to predict in any detail. We are very likely to see the transfer of the CINE networking functions to CUC and also to see a more uniform wireless experience across all the Colleges. In general, if we can be freed of some work that relates to infrastructure, we should be able to dedicate more resources to the direct support of teaching, learning, research and the administrative work of HMC.
The website for this initiative is at itattcc.claremont.edu
I will try to provide frequent updates on progress and to alert you to any changes that may affect you directly.