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Michigan State University

Michigan State University. Dush Fernando , Academic Technology Services Jeff Carpenter , Telecommunications Systems Esther Reed , Graduate School Dean’s Office Matt Kolb , Academic Technology Services Jerry Aubert , Health Information Technology.

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Michigan State University

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  1. Michigan State University • Dush Fernando, Academic Technology Services • Jeff Carpenter, Telecommunications Systems • Esther Reed, Graduate School Dean’s Office • Matt Kolb, Academic Technology Services • Jerry Aubert, Health Information Technology

  2. Founded in 1855 as the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU was the prototype for the 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act. • Agricultural College of the State of Michigan (1855) • State Agricultural College (1861) • Michigan Agricultural College (1909) • Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (1925) • Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science (1955) • Michigan State University (1963)

  3. Campus Today • 5,200-acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development • 553 buildings • Instructional site in Dubai, United Arabs Emirates • Extension and Research stations throughout Michigan

  4. MSU ranks No. 4 among the “Best Places to Work 2008: Academia,” published in the November issue of The Scientist magazine. The university moved from No. 16 in the sixth annual survey by the research trade magazine. MSU’s nearest rival among Big Ten universities is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, now at No. 16.

  5. Hot IT Issues at MSU • Funding and budgeting • Enterprise Business Systems Project Infrastructure • Staffing • Future Strategic Choices at MSU • Generating economies of scale • Develop multi-institution resources • Outsourcing IT services to 3rd parties • Discovery and alignment of new IT services • IT’s role in the new mission Content of slide taken from CIC4 conference – 2008-09

  6. Hot IT Issues at MSU: 2009/10 • Funding and budgeting • Enterprise Business Systems Project Implementation • Reduction • Leadership • Future Strategic Choices at MSU • Adopt a different model • MSU Cloud • Combine resources and technologies • Money is tight, reward good behavior

  7. Michigan State University Federated Environment: MSU’s philosophy of Freedom • Colleges and Departments are the experts for their areas • they know best what is needed to teach their material • they know best what is needed to foster excellent research • if they can afford it, they may choose the best IT approach for their needs

  8. Michigan State University Federated IT: Units may choose which to follow Central Services College and Department Services All or some provided by individual units Internal and independent networks Independent email systems Independent file servers Research support User support Academic and business support their own IT staff sensitive to their own needs Flexible, custom, and tailored IT approaches • Provided by Libraries Computing and Technology, Academic Technology Services and Physical Plant • Campus network infrastructure • Central email system • Central file server • Central course management • Campus helpdesk • Offers what works best for most

  9. Distribution of organizational resources and control • Many Colleges • Many Support Units • Lots of room for innovation and creativity • Lots of overlapping infrastructure

  10. Philosophical Conflict "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw The most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people. Culture kills the best of strategies John Nance – Why Hospitals Should Fly

  11. Thank You

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