Who says strategic planning sessions are boring? On August 10, IT leaders and managers didn’t think so as they put on their baseball caps and sunglasses and had some fun in a different kind of a workshop. Putting on your sunglasses indicated you really liked what the person was saying; putting on your cap indicated you were finished discussing the topic with your group. Flip-flops were optional. This workshop follows other meetings with University staff and students.
Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President of Research, opened the session, addressing the importance of technology to researchers. They use Information Technology not only to complete their research projects, but their administrative activities as well. The data storage solution specifically is important to their work.
The three hours for the workshop flew by quickly. CIO Martin Bernier held an open dialogue throughout the session, engaging and challenging the IT leaders. Teams were called upon to change swiftly as they changed gears between the various topics. This mix of people generated many different ideas in a relatively short period.
Faculty/service IT leaders and Information Technology managers shared their IT vision for the University, common values that all uOttawa IT professionals should have, opportunities for innovation and closer collaboration, and more. The message of the day was “OneIT@uOttawa at a Smart University” (or “smart campus”, similar to the “smart cities” concept).
These results will be essential to formulating an IT direction for the University. Work continues on the strategic plan as we continue to consult with other stakeholders.