Happy Holidays! A message from Martin Bernier, CIO

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2018

I was touched by your warm welcome in April 2018 and impressed by the passion and energy of the people in IT @uOttawa. The pride of working for a great organization has become obvious in all my discussions, as is your commitment and dedication to providing high-quality services.

2018 had a lot going on. It was great to see everyone showcasing their tools and services at the IT Fair, which was followed by an outdoor BBQ. IT was the first to coordinate a Student Think-Tank event on campus with the University`s first Chief Design Officer, Chrystia Chudczak.  It was also nice to see people get into the IT Friday spirit with their suspenders and ties. Late November, Gartner`s Hung LeHong gave an interesting presentation on the digitalization of organizations. I was also very pleased to see the beginning of Women in IT.

These last few months, I have been working on launching a new governance structure that would create bridges between our team, our clients, and other stakeholders across campus. The main goal is to launch a combined vision and priorities for IT projects and IT investments on campus. I am also working on formalizing our strategic plan that will incorporate feedback from clients and employees. Please see your manager for more information about the draft strategic plan or contact me directly.

In 2019, IT will continue to play a critical role driving change across the University. Many high-priority projects will keep us busy as we deliver value to our clients and our institutions: e.g., improving services to researchers, modernizing HR and Finance processes and applications, improving services and applications for a better student experience, rolling out Office365, decommissioning DALI, upgrading uoCampus, continuing to increase security awareness, and implementing new mechanisms and processes to protect uOttawa’s network and data. In conjunction with Office365, we will be rolling out new ways to collaborate (Unified Communications), which will support the upcoming workplace changes at Vanier and 1 Nicholas.

In 2019, we will embark on an exciting change in our physical workplace. Your input is critical to its success. Please share your ideas with your manager, the Workplace Committee, or with me directly.  

The Lego® Serious Play event on December 10 showed me how important it is to learn more about your ideas and challenges associated with improving communication between your peers, colleagues, and management. I truly believe that effective communication channels and productive information sharing are brought on by people taking the time to share ideas and challenges directly with each other. I also believe that creativity and innovation have a strong hold in our workplace and I look forward to seeing more of it in 2019.

My personal resolution for the New Year is to hear more from you directly or within groups. I encourage everyone who would like to chat and share their ideas with me to contact Diana Wittmann who will coordinate a date and time.

Thank you again for a great 2018 and wishing you and your family a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Yours truly,
Martin Bernier CIO

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