2. Executive Summary

This report sets OUCS’s objectives for 2008-2013 in the context of the University’s Corporate Plan. We present a review of our last five-year plan, then a discussion of the new governance structure for ICT formed in 2007. We then look at each section of the Corporate Plan and align our objectives to those presented there.

Certain key objectives do stand out, however. Many of which depend on existing funding proposals under the emerging ICT Capital envelope.

  • Selection and roll-out of a University-wide Groupware solution – providing users with a group of applications to assist in collaboration, combining email, calendaring, scheduling, etc.
  • Roll-out of a University-wide wireless service – to provide seamless wireless access in key public areas across the University.
  • Refurbishment of the OUCS machine room to remove existing single points of failure
  • Planning for a second machine room to provide resilience for key OUCS services and other services across the University.
  • Increased resilience of the network.
  • Refurbishment of existing facilities for users notably expansion of OUCS’s training facilities.
  • Investigation of power reduction and reducing the carbon footprint of IT.
  • Development of Web 2.0 services – notably Podcasting and iTunesU.

In addition each of our groups have set forth an ambitious plan of improving the services offered to users.

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