We can achieve far more collaborating across Penn State than we can achieve individually within units. Through the concept of OneIT, we are transforming our focus by:
- proactively aligning our resources to support the University’s strategic plan;
- empowering our faculty and students to fulfill the important mission of the University; and
- presenting ourselves as professionals within one organization to support the mission of the University.
Reimagining IT at Penn State
Penn State IT is embarking on an initiative focused on reimagining IT, in an effort to provide more strategic support and service to our stakeholders across the University. The first three areas of focus will be organizational design, staff development and governance.
Michael Kubit has pulled together a team of the senior-most leaders in IT, representing the diverse and critical areas of the University, to lead this initiative. Members of the Reimagining IT team are pictured below.
Members of the Reimagining IT Team include (seated, from left): Bill Wrobleski, Tim Shuey, Jennifer Sparrow, Veronica Longenecker, Erika Shoffner, Adam Caimi, Krystal McMillen, John Hoh; (standing, from left): Chris Lucas, David Gindhart, Jen Stedelin, Jon Crutchfield, Don Welch, Greg Madden, Ed Zuech and Michael Kubit. Missing from photo: Michael Busges.
Reimagining IT updates
Focus groups are key part of data collection
Reimagining IT will enable the organization as a whole to optimize resources so each college, campus and administrative unit can meet its specific needs, best serve the institution, and create capacity for innovation.
Research, Administrative IT, Outreach, College, Commonwealth Campuses and Enterprise IT are all represented on the Reimagining IT Team.
The team held a retreat on May 1 where it discussed how it will work together, the format for the recommendations, and the timeline.
Focus groups with key stakeholders, including faculty and students, have been conducted. Sessions with researchers from across the University are ongoing. Sessions will be scheduled with other key stakeholder groups, including IT staff, IT directors, deans, administrators, and non-IT staff.
The team will use information from the stakeholder groups, along with the current state assessment that was done by Gartner and other data, to help inform the recommendations that will be made to the University’s senior executive leadership (President Barron, Nick Jones, and David Gray) in the fall.
The team is utilizing an external facilitator to help guide the process.
Penn State IT Updates
Keep up-to-date on news and information from across all of Penn State IT.
As the Reimagining IT initiative moves forward, people may feel uncertain about what lies ahead. The September webinar, “Working Through Change,” offered thoughts on ways to look at change and the opportunities that arise from it. Continue reading Tips for handling change shared in September webinar
IT plays a critical role for every one of our nearly 100,000 students – whether it is their access to email, Canvas, LionPATH, or the network. Continue reading IT’s purpose examined in August webinar
Close to 800 people attended the first ever IT Night at the Spikes in August, savoring not only a fun evening with colleagues and their families but a Spikes win. Continue reading Hundreds of staff and family members enjoyed IT Night at the Spikes
In the July webinar, “Innovation: Whose Job Is It Anyway?,” Michael discussed three types of innovation and how every IT professional can step up and speak up with ideas to do things better across the organization. Continue reading July webinar shines spotlight on innovation