Looking ahead at IT plans

As we return to campus for a new semester, UAB IT is planning a number of new initiatives for 2017 to help improve the lives of students, faculty and staff. 

With seven IT strategic imperatives and a new IT Strategic Plan as a guide, UAB IT has much to accomplish in the new year.

“Our goal is always to empower the students, faculty, researchers and employees at UAB to greatness,” said Vice President and CIO Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr. “Last year we sought input across campus for the IT Strategic Plan, and this year we are excited to continue implementing the improvements you want and need.”

Establishing a security operations center, continuing an active phishing program and re-examining and reconstructing university security policies are among the top priorities in 2017.

UAB IT also plans to establish business goals and principles for IT governance, and design an IT technology roadmap for infrastructure services.

UAB IT began a renewed focus on its help desk last year, and that effort will continue as the department looks to deliver world-class IT service.

A new system status page has debuted, and a new IT web site will also debut in 2017. UAB IT is also expanding its training opportunities for employees, investing in their success as the department also reorganizes to maximize our impact on campus.

As part of its imperative to increase business value, UAB IT will also look to renegotiate contracts and rationalize core systems, while also building on the success of the TechConnect store at the Hill Student Center.

Furthering academic and research partnerships, UAB IT will continue to help implement the new UAB app with integrations that make sense for campus, including eBeacon technology, and implement the Science DMZ, among other goals.