SUSTAINING NEW SYNERGIES: Administrative IT Staff Learn of IT Plan Initiative Progress at Friday Forum - 03/9/10

Members of the administrative information technologies staff heard an update on the activities of the Campus Information Technology Plan Committee (CITPC) when the two groups met Friday morning, March 5, in Stewart Center.

CITPC Chair Connie Lapinskas and members Chris Martin, Julie Kercher-Updike, Patrick Smoker and Logan Jordan spoke about the committee’s charge, goals, timeline and findings.

The committee said it has translated its purpose into three goals: design an integrated governance model, modify cost-saving approaches to generate $15 million in savings and develop strategies to ensure responsiveness to IT needs across the entire campus.

Facing a deadline of March 30, the committee hopes to achieve its cost-saving goals by making the West Lafayette campus’ IT services more efficient. That will include redesigning and streamlining processes, developing strategic sourcing and creating energy savings.

“We want to be responsive to the needs of all IT units,” Chris Martin said. “We want to make sure all clients’ needs are met.”

Among the cost-savings ideas the committee is considering are consolidating services, sharing expertise, leveraging purchases, redoing data centers, monitoring changes in technology and sharing expertise among IT units. Governance will be an exciting platform for spreading the positive impact of good ideas and expertise, the committee said.

A question-and-answer session, moderated by Terry Schroeder of Business Services Computing, followed the presentation. The questions ranged from sources of cost-savings and job security to employee assessment.

Friday’s session for administrative IT staff was the last of three information forums the CITPC held last week. Previous sessions were geared for ITaP staff and Academic IT staff. A video stream of the March 5 session, as well as those held March 1 and 3, can be found on the Campus Information Technology Plan page of the Sustaining New Synergies (SNS) Web site.

The SNS initiative is part of the University’s strategy for a more sustainable Purdue. Quick links to the SNS site are available on the home pages of the Purdue University and Administrative Information Service Web sites.