End of a decade 2020
As we enter a new decade, let's reflect on some of the changes that Information Technology has implemented in the last decade that have helped shape and transform uOttawa's technological landscape.
- 2010: Completion of Wi-Fi implementation across campus
Wi-Fi was implemented in all uOttawa teaching buildings. At that time, the highest number of simultaneous users was 4,750.
29,000+ simultaneous wireless connections in 2019
- 2011: Introduction of the CAB
The Change Advisory Board (CAB) was introduced to manage changes that could cause a planned outage or a service disruption, which enabled us to be more transparent and provide improved service and responsiveness to the community. The CAB oversaw 563 changes in 2019
- 2012: A new Central Data Centre
After 40 years in our previous location, we moved and retrofitted the Central Data Centre. This change helped to introduce large-scale virtualization and cloud computing to the University. It also added resiliency and improved redundancy to our IT infrastructure.
- 2013: Enterprise Architecture Project
This University-wide transformational project looked at all uOttawa IT initiatives and created an institutional view. We used the information to build an IT vision and cohesive plan aligned to the University's strategic priorities.
- 2014: The new uOttawa.ca
A new centralized web Content Management System (Drupal) was introduced. It provided a common resource for web communications and delivered consistency to the online brand. The website had over 51.5 million visits annually.
- 2015: Three-year security roadmap
The roadmap outlined a formal integration of security into all IT operations and endeavours. It provided a new security foundation that has given way to new policies and standards, service offerings, and strengthened defences.
- 2016: uoCampus
A new uoCampus Student Information System was introduced to replace outdated technology with a more intuitive and high-performing solution focused on the student lifecycle. Performance, processes and data were also optimized.
- 2017: Office 365
The adoption of Microsoft Office 365 introduced new collaboration and productivity tools to the University, including Teams and OneDrive.
- 2018: Mobile working
A pilot project that offered employees the flexibility to work anywhere was initiated in Information Technology. Policies were updated and guidelines created to modernize our ways of working and to offer employees greater work-life balance and well-being.
- 2019: University Information Governance Council
With an increased focus on collaboration and transparency, the University Information Governance Council was created to maximize institutional value from technological investments and ensure campus-wide alignment to strategic objectives and priorities.
As we forge into 2020, digital ambitions drive our desire to deliver exceptional user experiences and lead digital transformations at the University into the new decade. A transformation rooted in:
- Creating an agile culture of innovation to lead to the adoption of emerging technologies
- Reaching for cutting-edge aspirations in the midst of unparalleled change
- Providing people with the possibility of significant growth, creative successes, and impactful achievements
- Journeying to change the way people work, connect and think.