The New IT Organizations

How have we gotten here? Spent a ton on technologies and that model was unsustainable in and of itself but when we throw in The economic pressures of recent years.

The next several years will be characterized by IT Professionals will use the current technology in new and creative ways.

Data management becomes our job as it professionals much more than the plumbing.

Disaggregated Data is infusing a modular learning environment.

Disaggregation forces IT to decide if we support the modular tools or do we force learning to happen through a single tube. (My preference is the prior- Need to walk this walk when I return to campus)

Allegheny is being mentioned as a good example of the dissaggregation. (Guess we are already walking the walk)


This is where we start to look at current technology and apply it in new directions.

The New Model

Everyone owns the technology not just IT – IT helps to model and develop strategies using technology to answer the problems of the institution

This implies that technologists become strategists, designers of new systems, problem solvers, project managements, economists of technology solutions, connectors of people, analysts of processes. Etc..

The tools to build this new house of IT


Shared Services (cloud services).
Library preservation
Virtual computer labs
Off site help desk could this be a GLCA initiative.

Portfolio approach – forces us to focus on identity management, data interoperability, persistence, etc.. Buy, develop, integrate the pieces that are necessary (this makes me proud of the Sakai choice as it provides a backbone that we can plug the best in breed into)

Open source economics
Drive innovation and pools resources allows us to get the most flexibility in scare resources and vendor.
Notion of interoperability is built natively into open source as development is standards not proprietary code.

This helps IT Matters. On the backend making things standard helps to allow for cost controls. And allow the tools of the front end to be used flexibly to meet the needs of the student, educator, administrator

Language of UC – Davis designers and strategists
Above campus

On campus
Private campus middleware and interoperability

Below campus
Integration with consumer based products Facebook, google, MobileMe

Stanford presentation

(need to talk with Jason about the role of data mashup in the future of Digital communication. )

(this session makes my head hurt it is running so fast with ideas and reviewing allegheny’s current position in the transition.)

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2 comments on “The New IT Organizations
  1. mhurley75 says:

    Looks like a great conference James, thanks for posting these notes. In what way are we disaggregating?

  2. James says:

    The example that was used was Sakai, we are providing standard tools that can be used in a variety of creative ways to provide the faculty flexible tools that can be used or not used based need desire.

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