The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently announced several ongoing steps to streamline IT operations, including a co-location agreement with the state government and the integration of two central IT departments.
UW-Madison, which enrolls more than 45,000 students, officially integrated its IT services administrative center last month with its campus IT core team. The university has also partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Administration this week, with the goal of starting to implement services for its data centers.
Both projects were natural developments of long-term partnerships, IT communications director Mary Evansen told EdScoop, adding that no choice was made solely to save costs or for a specific initiative or project.
Although the university’s administrative information management services still operate independently, he said, the team is now designing as the teams, including those in the Department of Information Technology (which offers shared services and technology support). ), will be integrated into the new agreement. Some tasks will, of course, be “put together” together, he said, such as the task of supporting multiple departments.
“Joining our two organizations follows industry best practices to create a comprehensive center of expertise,” the university’s information director Lois Brooks said in a press release. “We are delighted with the opportunities this will provide for staff to take on new positions and projects as our university IT needs continue to evolve. We also anticipate shared design processes for both teams to work together to identify the university’s IT priorities and opportunities. ”
The decision to jointly place data center services with the state administration department is along the same lines. UW staff could gain professional development opportunities and access more equipment.
“It’s really a kind of investment in the future,” Evansen said. “To continue to maintain the team and keep everything we have in our data center, we would spend money in the future to do so, and therefore it will really be something that gives advantages in the future.”
Some of the systems included in the colocation agreement are administrative computer systems, enterprise storage systems, and the campus private cloud service.
UW already has a co-location agreement in a commercial location, but the partnership with the state will significantly expand capacity and free up space, university leaders said. The migration will last until 2022, according to a press release.
“Deliver your most valuable assets from an operational point of view and entrust your hosts with their security. This requires a trusted partner,” Terry Bradshaw, head of the department’s data center service, said in a press release of IT of the university. “The DOA has welcomed us with open arms. And because of this level of trust in this relationship, this is absolutely the right partnership for us. ”