In the early part of the 21st century, IT leaders across Oregon State University recognized that IT infrastructure was central to Oregon State's core functions: teaching, research, and administration. The managers of that infrastructure were distributed in Information Services (IS) and other academic and administrative units across campus, and most of them focused on just one or two of the core functions. As a result, decisions sometimes were made in one sphere without sufficient consideration to problems or issues associated with the others.
Recognizing that this led to needless misunderstandings in the past, the IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) was established as a vehicle for improving campus-wide coordination and collaboration.
The ITCC responds to four key observations:
- Oregon State University consists of many talented and dedicated IT professionals throughout our campuses. Regular interactions at the IT leadership level helps ensure that IT staff at all levels share their technical expertise.
- Many IT tools and products span teaching, research, and administrative functions. Coordination and collaboration at the IT leadership level makes it possible to leverage potential savings across the three functional areas.
- Technology implementation should be driven by the needs of the community. At the same time, technology can be responsible for expanding and redefining user opportunities.
- Sharing experiences and planning activities between IT leaders helps in making informed decisions and using university funds wisely.