MSU IT Council discusses new groups, network services restructuring, CIO vision

The MSU IT Council met in April. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

MSU IT Network Services Restructuring

Nishanth Rodrigues and Chuck Kirby from MSU IT presented the new organizational structure of the Network Services teams. The new structure is built around three teams focusing on planning, building, and running network services and systems on campus.

CIO vision for IT Council

Rob McCurdy, MSU CIO, spoke about his vision for the IT Council. He indicated his interest in creating a mechanism for feedback from the IT Council on the annual IT budget. He also expressed a desire to have increased visibility on larger projects the IT Council is working on.

Lightning Round

Dave Vietti, Associate Director of IT for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF), announced plans for his team to do on-site ITIL Foundation training for IT staff. He may have extra seats for this training. Email Vietti for training dates and more information.

Web Governance Advisory Group Proposed

The team working on a proposed Web Governance Advisory Group under the IT Council includes Phil Deaton, Dennis Bond, and Ryan Ward. They presented a draft charter and received feedback from council members. The group will refine their charter for final presentation at the September IT Council meeting

Working Session: Local and central IT roles

Mike Walters, IT Director at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and John Resotko, Assistant Director at MSU College of Law, led the discussion on opportunities that are available for local IT to interact with central IT roles and services.

Two new IT Council working groups were proposed. The first will help define the requirements for a liaison role between local and central IT. The second will develop processes to facilitate collaboration for current and future IT services. One goal of these groups is to help identify common needs to create partnerships for future technology projects and pilot programs, between local units and with central IT service units.

About the IT Council

The MSU IT Council serves as a primary IT advisory body. Membership is made up of IT leaders appointed by the senior deans and directors from each of the degree‐granting colleges, core academic units, major academic support units, and other major business units.

The MSU community is encouraged to seek out their IT Council representative or visit the IT Council website for more information on topics of interest.