As the 2016-17 fiscal year comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on our recent accomplishments and to look forward to the new initiatives ahead.
Here at NC State, information technology continues to deliver. The IT infrastructure and the people behind it are integral to the university’s business processes that support teaching, learning and research activities. The efforts of IT professionals across campus are phenomenal.
In the Office of Information Technology (OIT), we continue to manage and enhance a number of enterprise-level technologies — such as the Human Resources System, the Financial System and the Student Information System as well as networks and wireless access — that are the fabric of campus life and employ new cybersecurity measures to safeguard those technologies and members of the Wolfpack family.
At the same time, we drive strategic IT efforts to improve the university’s ability to educate, perform new discoveries and transfer knowledge to the state and nation. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, we’ve:
- implemented a new Identity Management System that provides seamless and controlled access to university systems and services.
- made great strides, in partnership with Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED), to support the research community with NIST-compliant resources for computing and data storage to meet new federal grant requirements.
- co-launched with ORIED a new Lab Management Application to simplify the activities of laboratory services and issued an RFP for a new electronic Research Administration (eRA) system .
- significantly expanded REPORTER, the university’s new non-credit course registration system.
- employed 23 interns in the Project Management Lite Program, a collaboration with the Poole College of Management and the College of Engineering. These students are applying their classroom learning to our work environment and positively changing our business practices.
- participated in joint-grant opportunities, such as the National Science Foundation, Triangle Smart Cities and more. We have established a strong partnership with the City of Raleigh to work on Triangle Smart Cities activities that will enable residents to be more interconnected.
We also expanded our efforts to protect the university’s infrastructure, information and people. The ongoing implementation of two-factor authentication is a critical step toward improved cybersecurity. We rolled out new security policies and are implementing NIST security standards for researchers, PCI security for merchants who accept credit cards, a new endpoint security standard, and much more.
We’ve had a productive year. We hope you have noticed our efforts and will continue to trust us as a key collaborator for technology empowerment, protection and support.