Sponsored by the CIO Council, and compiled by Stanford’s IT Community, this Campus IT Plan provides a collective view of the technology improvement efforts in progress to serve the Stanford community. The individual plans align to a set of common strategic areas identified by key Stanford stakeholders as critical to technology support at Stanford.
Stanford published the first Campus IT Plan in 2018. This year’s plan captures over 400 technology efforts informed by many trends and external forces that shape how we deliver technology. These include:
- Stanford’s long range planning priorities
- High expectations from students, faculty, staff and alumni
- A renewed focus on improving the student experience
- Changes in the way people communicate
- Proliferation of tools and democratization of IT
- Increased access, organization and governance needs in support of big data
- Growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
- Trends toward mobile consumer-centric services
- Interoperability in a heterogeneous on-premise and multi-cloud environment
- Continued security risks and threats
- Challenges with attracting and retaining skilled IT staff
These trends require our IT Community to be agile and innovative; we must continually change many aspects of how technology-related work is done. And most importantly, we must work together, consistently sharing ideas, best practices and solutions. Publishing this collection of efforts will make it easier to communicate, partner and share resources across the university.
New Plan Elements
The 2019 Campus IT Plan includes two new elements to further strengthen alignment among the IT Community:
- Strategic goals, developed by the CIO Council to set a common direction for the IT Community over the next three to five years. The IT Community will progress toward those goals through individual IT efforts, combined with various initiatives and activities led by the CIO Council and its workgroups.
- Summits that bring IT professionals together in real time to collaborate on current IT efforts, problem solve and generate new ideas.
Hundreds of staff contributed to various aspects of the 2019 Campus IT Plan. They include:
- A steering committee, made up of IT leaders from 10 campus organizations, who advised and guided the program.
- CIO Council members who drafted the strategic goals.
- A campus working group, consisting of representatives from each participating unit, who were responsible for working with their teams to gather, write and submit plans for their respective units.
- A core project team of University IT staff members, who coordinated and administered the project from start to finish.
We are interested in your feedback and ideas about how we can improve and build on the Campus IT Plan. Please submit your feedback, ideas and questions, and a member of the team will get back to you as quickly as we can.