OSU students, faculty, and staff expect to be able to use cloud-based productivity services and tools, such as Google Apps and Office 365, for academic and research collaborations. These tools and other cloud-based services align with IS’s strategic direction to provide students, faculty, and staff with the ability to access their information, share their files, and collaborate with others from any device, anywhere they can access the Internet.
In alignment with the 2013-18 IS strategic plan, our intention is to offer cloud-based tools and services in a thoughtful way that is driven by business analysis and product research. Our intention is to create a professional faculty position that can be dedicated toward performing the necessary work to own the management of these tools and services, as well as perform the necessary work that will ensure the appropriate tools are available to meet the specific needs of OSU's students, faculty, and staff.
The introduction of each new cloud-based service requires its own project. While we continue to investigate many options, Office 365 is the service we are currently implementing. Please visit the Office 365 project management page for updates and timelines.
Failure to make these services available in the cloud and appropriately support them presents several risks for OSU: