Indiana University

Recommendation 1

Indiana University’s national and international leadership should be sustained through continued maintenance and advancement of an IT infrastructure that is supported by sound fiscal planning.

  • IU should continue a lifecycle replacement model similar to the one established in ITSP1 to provide baseline support for computing devices and the maintenance of university-provisioned student computing labs.

    Implementation Plan: Under development
  • The lifecycle-funding model should be expanded to cover school, academic and administrative department, and discipline-specific needs and variations to more fully support the diversity of research and creative activity across the university.

    Implementation Plan: Under development
  • IU must adopt planning approaches and actions that ensure reliable physical protection and provision of utility services to critical IT facilities while minimizing the possibility of any single point of failure.

    Implementation Plan: 3
  • IU should continue to advance its local cyberinfrastructure, participation in national cyberinfrastructure, and its efforts to win federal funding of cyberinfrastructure programs that enhance IU’s research capabilities.

    Implementation Plan: 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i
  • IU should pursue strategies that approximate a philosophy of abundance, within reason, towards unmetered availability of basic IT services, support, and infrastructure for creative activity, storage, computation, communication, and other activities fundamental to the work of the university via any appropriate sourcing strategy.

    Implementation Plan: 5
  • IU should continue its highly successful program of relationships with hardware, software, and services vendors, and seek additional partnerships and creative exchanges that provide mutual benefits.

    Implementation Plan: 6
  • IU should maintain and refresh its IT infrastructure by consolidating enterprise-scale (multi-campus) services for software systems, server and data hosting, networks, backup, messaging, support services, and training, while also enabling innovative departmental-scale technology services provided at the edge.

    Implementation Plan: 7