17. Risk Analysis

The risk to the University of not completing or achieving most of the above mainly falls under two categories. First our IT infrastructure will be compromised, especially with relation to business continuity; but also in terms of the facilities we can offer to the staff and students. Oxford would begin to seriously fall behind its competitors in terms of what it can support. Second, picking up on a common theme throughout this plan, unless concerted efforts are made to target interoperability between systems and data, a fragmented IT infrastructure will emerge which will lead to considerable inefficiencies.

However, a few further objectives are worth noting:

  • unless funding for the VLE is secured in the future the long-term support for this system would have to be reviewed
  • unless the upgrades to the HFS are realised the service will reach saturation point
  • unless efforts are made to alleviate the burden on the machine room within OUCS the business continuity for key services may be compromised

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