Ohio University

University establishes IT Governance framework

Technology is essential for the day to day activities of students, faculty, and staff and an enabler for many of Ohio University’s strategic initiatives. To ensure our technology strategies align with OHIO priorities and evolve with the changing needs of our campus, OIT is establishing an IT Governance framework to solicit input, engage the campus community, and inform decisions regarding IT strategy and services.

The purpose of the IT Governance framework is to bring the best ideas forward through active engagement with the campus community and to provide a clear, easy to understand process for making decisions about technology strategy and services. The framework will provide regular opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage on IT topics that they care about. It also defines an annual planning process that will inform decisions about which technology capabilities to invest in or, in some cases, what to retire. While key aspects of the IT governance framework have been defined, the processes and practices that enact it will evolve based on your feedback and the dynamic needs of our institution.   

How will governance work?

IT Governance will include an annual planning process aligned with the University budget cycle:

  • Step 1: Input: In this phase OIT actively solicits feedback on current services and future needs.
  • Step 2: Synthesize: Service Owners, IT staff members who are directly responsible for strategy in specific areas, will analyze that data to create or update service road maps.
  • Step 3: Decide: The IT Strategy and Governance Committee will make decisions about recommended investments, divestments, and major changes.
  • Step 4: Fund: OIT will align funding with the University budget and capital planning process and communicate decisions to stakeholders.

How can I get involved?

There will be multiple opportunities to participate via advisory communities that focus on specific services, surveys, and through contacting the IT Service Desk or the appropriate service owner.

To learn more about this process, visit How IT Governance Works or contact the IT Service Desk.