Happy Holidays! - Message from Martin Bernier

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wow! What a year 2019 has been!

It has been really amazing to see our team embrace so many projects that pave the way for digital transformation and a better user experience. For instance,  Office 365 collaborative tools , multi-factor authentication, the uoCampus upgrade, the new professors’ portal, uoPrint, modernizing HR and Finance processes, the campus wide network switch upgrade, and so much more.

Together, we explored our vision through open discussions at our Teamwork, Communication, and Trust workshop, Digital ambitions workshop, the Imagine 2030 Team Meetup, and the data governance workshop. We also expanded our partnerships by having more regular meetings with IT Reps, IT Leaders, and many more 1 on 1 meetings with our clients.

Effective collaboration requires more information sharing and transparency and for this reason, we make information accessible to all. For instance, the Architecture Review Board (ARB) is open to everyone. The project intake process helped the ARB mature greatly in 2019 and more is coming from the ARB in 2020.  We also launched the first University Information Governance Council (UIGC) which is about making decisions together that align priorities with campus wide IT resources. The ARB and the UIGC`s content are  available on DocuShare.

I was impressed by the teamwork that built our new workspace. A big thank you to Marc-Antoine Joly`s team at Facilities for making it happen! This new space brings us closer as colleagues and showcases our commitment to innovation and engagement. This initiative, alongside our delivery of Office 365 collaborative tools and MS Teams, is proof that we are really modernizing the way we work. I am convinced it will help us deliver exciting new and better solutions to our clients.

I was pleased to see uOttawa’s Women in Innovation take flight from humble beginnings in 2018 to standing room only events in 2019. I am also proud of our close partnership with Carleton University that has helped us leverage resources and knowledge in the ever changing and demanding cyber security space. (MOU with Carleton). Security challenges affects us daily and 2019 has seen many initiatives aimed at strengthening our security posture. Hackers focus on the weakest link and that happens to be people. This is why completing the digital self-defence training is so important.

I am very thankful to Guy Lévesque and his team at uOttawa Research for being such amazing partners as we implement more support for researchers. Our meeting with the Tri-Agencies helped identify ways to reduce the administrative burden. I am most excited by the commitment among the various stakeholders to make things easier for researchers.

In the new year, we’ll be increasingly focused on defining our digital strategy to meet the strategic goals outlined in Transformation 2030. This will be in addition to the work we’ve already started on for strengthening security, modernizing finance and HR systems, and the projects that will transform our digital landscape. I thank you for your commitment, you’ve done amazing work this year! I hope that you’ve found this year rewarding and that you enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

Looking forward to an exciting 2020 with all of you. Happy Holidays!

Yours truly,
Martin Bernier CIO




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