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1. Halfway There!
We are now halfway through the ICT Strategy Programme with the final Steering Group meeting on 11 April 2006 looming ever closer.
Work Tasks members are working hard, consulting and producing reports which are appearing on the website as soon as they are complete. Much remains to be done over the next four months.
On the suggestion of Professor Mike Giles (Comlab) a ‘straw man’ ICT Strategy will be published in January. Its rationale is to provide a focus for consultation and to test proposals emerging from the Work Tasks. The ‘straw man’, being developed by Work Task J, will propose a structure for the final report and, under each heading, draw recommendations and models together with a request for comment. The ‘straw man’ is intended as an evolving document which will enable a high-quality improved final report to be produced (for further consultation) hopefully with no surprises.
The ICT Strategy programme takes communication and consultation extremely seriously. It has, to date, reported to around 15 distinct groups, including divisional heads and IT user groups. Consultations continue through Work Tasks B and D. Another form of communication will be a series of informal seminars next term to raise awareness about new ICT initiatives within the University. More on this later in this newsletter.
I have been impressed by the level of engagement in this programme by University members, especially academics and IT Support Staff. I believe we shall produce an excellent ICT Strategy that will help to maintain our place as a world-leading University well into the future.
Acting ICT Director
Current WT priorities include:
3. Future Meetings
Meetings of the ICT Strategy Steering Group will take place at the Saïd Business School, at 2pm:
4. Membership Update
The Conference of Colleges has nominated two College IT Managers, Mr John Ireland (Jesus, Secretary of the College IT Officers' Forum) and Mr Jonathan Marks (Exeter), as additional representatives on the Steering Committee in addition to the Master of St Peter's.
5. Steering Group
The ICT Strategy Steering Group (ICT-SSG) met on 25 Nov 2005 at the Saïd Business School. Three substantive items were discussed: a report of overall progress; an update from selected WTs; and an item relating to communications. The agenda and minutes are available on the ICT Strategy website. Highlights from the minutes include:
5.2. 'Straw man' strategy
5.3. Next meeting
6. Learning from others
Work Task G is organising a workshop which will bring together ICT directors and CIOs from Chicago, Manchester and Warwick to share their institutional experience of ICT governance and strategic planning. The morning session will comprise presentations open to all members of the ICT-SSG whilst the afternoon will be a round-table discussion focusing on Oxford's requirements.
The workshop will be held on 25 January 2006 at St Catherine's College. Please visit the website at: http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/strategy/events
to register for this and other ICT Strategy Programme events (Available for booking from 13 December 2005).
7. Gartner ECE Models
Gartner, who are undertaking the consultancy for the Enhanced Computing Environment (ECE) Project, will present their findings and a series of 'architecture' options for the ECE at an event to be held on 30 January 2006 (afternoon). The presentation is aimed primarily at members of the ICT-SSG and staff within the participating units. Other interested parties are also welcome to attend. Spaces are limited so registration will be required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. ICT Seminar Series
A series of lunchtime presentations is being organised under the aegis of the ICT Strategy Programme to highlight new or forthcoming ICT services which will have an impact across the wider University. The programme is yet to be finalised but will include presentations on:
Presentations will take place every Wednesday at 1230-1330, at OUCS (Lecture Room 1) from 18 January to 8 March 2006.
9. Presentation to ITSS
A large consultation meeting about the ICT Strategy Programme was held at the Computing Laboratory at the request of the IT Support Staff Group on 5 December 2005. Over 100 IT Support Staff attended to hear about and discuss the ICT Strategy programme. The morning included an update by Lou Burnard on the development of the Enhanced Computing Environment (ECE) Project.
The presentation, given by Paul Jeffreys, commenced with a request to the audience to indicate what should be changed about the current ICT structures. Responses included:
Later in the presentation, IT support staff were given an opportunity to ask questions and to suggest areas of priority on which the ICT Strategy should focus. Comments included:
Members of the audience were encouraged to provide feedback to the ITSS representatives on the Steering Group for compilation into a submission to the strategy process from the IT Support Staff community.
Both presentations are available via the notes linked from the events page at: http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/strategy/events
10. Further Information
For all correspondence regarding the ICT Strategy Programme including this newsletter please email email@example.com.
The ICT Strategy Programme website is at: