Posting: March 17, 2014

OIT to Share Master Plan at Town Halls

From choosing a Smart Board for a classroom to software for the entire campus, a number of technology-related decisions are constantly being made at Georgia Tech.  

The town halls are scheduled for March 24 at 1 p.m. in Room 152, Clough Commons, and on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center Theater.

That’s why the Strategic Technology Investment Committee was tasked with creating an Institute Information (IT) Master Plan in 2013.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time since the Olympics we’ve created a campuswide IT master plan,” said Jim O’Connor, vice president of the Office of Information Technology (OIT). “We need a plan like this in place to ensure that the IT investments we’re making are strategic and effective.”

Since last summer, faculty, staff, and students have provided input regarding what they thought should be included in the plan. The document addresses IT needs up to five years from now and touches on the following key themes:

  • Provide effective services to facilitate student success and learning outcomes both in and out of the classroom.
  • Investigate, support, and implement changing methodologies in learning, teaching, and research.
  • Support the successful outcomes of research activities by enhancing and sustaining the systems needed for research and innovation.
  • Maintain a scalable, reliable, and secure infrastructure that meets the changing and transformational needs of a globally connected and innovative research institution.
  • Unify and streamline enterprise systems through more effective use of technology in a manner that is sustainable, secure, and user-friendly and reduces administrative overhead.
  • Cultivate transparent technical leadership and governance to effectively guide information technology decision-making and strategic investments.

To learn more about the plan, the campus community is invited to attend one of two town halls that will be held in March. The first is scheduled for March 24 at 1 p.m. in Room 152, Clough Commons. The second will be held on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center Theater.

For more information, contact Robert Gerhart, project leader for the plan, at rgerhart@gatech.edu.




Posting: October 10th, 2013

Tech to Hold IT Master Plan Town Halls in October

The IT Master Plan project team has scheduled two town halls to gather additional input from campus stakeholders about information technology needs and concerns. Faculty and students, in particular, are encouraged to participate in one of the following meetings:

  • Oct. 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Student Success Center, Clary Theater
  • Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Room 100, Scheller College of Business

The information gathered from these town halls will supplement the data gathered to date from more than 200 people and will guide the project team in determining the goals and strategies important to supporting the campus strategic plan. Each town hall will include a brief overview of the master planning project followed by a series of questions for the audience to respond to.

The responses from town halls, focus groups, and interviews conducted earlier this year have helped to identify several key issues regarding IT needs for support of student success, teaching and learning, research, and administrative effectiveness. Stakeholder perspectives about IT at Georgia Tech are important to the development of the master plan, and the project team urges all who have not yet participated in this process to attend.


Posting: July 1st, 2013

From computers to course platforms, there’s no shortage to the technology-related decisions that need to be made on campus. And as budgets have tightened over the years, it’s become increasingly important to make wise choices.     

That’s why the Strategic Technology Investment Committee has been tasked with creating the Institute’s first Information Technology (IT) Master Plan. (More information about the committee is available at http://epmo.gatech.edu/stic.)  

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time since the Olympics that we’ve created a campuswide IT Master Plan,” said Jim O’Connor, associate vice president of the Office of Information Technology (OIT). “In the past we’ve had unit-level IT plans that support the Institute’s strategic goals, but our Strategic Technology Investment Committee recognizes the value of an Institute-wide approach to leveraging our IT investments.”

The plan is meant to address IT needs up to five years from now and aims to answer questions such as:

  • How do we align IT services and operations with the business, academic, and research needs of Tech’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni?
  • How do we manage technological change in a way that capitalizes on opportunity, mitigates risk, and adds value to the community in a manner that is planned, efficient, and quantifiable?
  • How do we create an infrastructure and a support structure that rapidly and effectively adapts to evolving technologies and their uses?

“We are looking for input from the campus community to help us understand how technology is impacting the campus and how future technologies will support all of Tech’s missions,” said Robert Gerhart, IT manager for the College of Architecture and project leader for the master plan.

Over the next months, the campus will be asked to participate in a series of town hall meetings, focus groups and workshops.  The committee is also interviewing faculty, staff, and students to get input and will conduct a campuswide online survey in the fall.

“The town halls, interviews, and the survey are unique opportunities to offer your thoughts on how the IT community can help support your unit’s strategic goals,” O’Connor said. “You can help us understand what investments and services help you contribute to making Georgia Tech the ‘technological university of the 21st century.’”