Transform IT charter approved!

From Jessie Minton, Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost of Information Services

Adriene Lim, dean of libraries and Philip H. Knight chair, and I are happy to announce that the IT charter has been approved and signed!

The charter clarifies IT roles for UO Libraries and Information Services. UO Libraries will provide academic technology, digital scholarship services and library-based systems and environments. Information Services will offer most other IT services. University Communications and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation will each play important roles in web communications and research-related IT, respectively.

We want to take a moment to celebrate this major milestone. For the first time in the history of the University of Oregon, we have a document that outlines the technology-specific roles for university departments. The charter is also an essential step in the Transform IT project. UO Libraries and Information Services worked side by side to develop this document, and we are excited to be serving as partners in delivering IT services to campus.

Adriene and I would like to thank everyone who participated in developing the charter. Through comments at meetings and in writing, many of you shared concerns, questions, and thought-provoking feedback since this work began in fall 2016. I know such input has been vital to the efforts so far, and I hope to get further community engagement in the upcoming phases of Transform IT.

We would also like to thank Chris Krabiel, outgoing interim CIO, for his extensive work on the charter and Transform IT.

I have been focused on Transform IT since my first day of work as CIO. Many of you have asked what lies ahead for this initiative. To enhance communications and transparency, we are launching a new Transform IT website this month at transformit.uoregon.edu, where we will post news and updates about the project regularly. I have also asked staff to develop a set of guiding principles that the university will use to make decisions relating to Transform IT, as well as a robust project plan, including scope, milestones, and key activities, and an implementation overview.  All of this information will be posted on the new Transform IT website in upcoming weeks as the work is completed.

I look forward to working with you on the next phases of Transform IT!

The charter is available on the Documents tab of this website or view the Technology and Information Services Charter directly.

What’s Next for Transform IT?

On May 1, 2017, Jessie Minton began working full-time as CIO and VP of Information Services. With her arrival comes a short pause as she gets up to speed on Transform IT.

Looking into the future, you’ll see more information here such as:

  • Guiding principles for Transform IT
  • A project charter* for Transform IT that explains what is in scope and what is not
  • Revised project governance
  • Briefings from meetings and work sessions

* The project charter will define what is in scope and out of scope, among other things, for Transform IT. It is a separate document from the Charter that outlines IT roles for UO Libraries and Information Services.

New Website Focuses on Transform IT Activities

Many of you have been receiving updates about Transform IT from the provost’s website in the past. Today we are launching this new website that will feature:

  • More frequent updates—We aim to post updates several times a month, adding content as it becomes available
  • More details about what Transform IT work is occurring
  • A calendar of upcoming meetings and events related to Transform IT

Welcome to the new Transform IT website!