ATHENS, Ohio (April 3, 2007) -- In an assessment delivered on March 19, Gartner Consulting presented a five-year recommendation for central IT at Ohio University that focuses on bolstering security, increasing staff levels and funding, and establishing a clear governance structure that will help the university prioritize expenditures on IT projects.
Ohio's 20-point plan for IT -- which was created in July 2006 -- received high marks, with Gartner noting that the plan "is as relevant and critical as the day it was written." The report also praised IT staff for making the most of a difficult situation, going so far as to say that the staff "are the reason why Ohio IT has not had more problems." According to Gartner, Ohio University currently spends 60 percent less on IT than peer institutions and has 57 percent fewer IT staff.
There were no surprises in the report, said Ohio University Chief Information Officer Brice Bible. "The report helps identify the challenges we face, validates our concerns, and helps us plan for the future" Bible said. "We asked Gartner to compare us to effective IT operations at peer institutions, and that's exactly what they did."
Bible sees the report as one more tool to help the university reach its goals. "We need to build a solid foundation," he said, "then have a dialogue about where the university wants to go and make sure we invest in the right projects to make that happen."
Ohio already has made significant strides in many of the areas outlined in the report, including firewall installation and Social Security Number usage minimization. "Do we face significant challenges?" Bible asked, "Of course we do. But I am convinced we can use this report to set a strategy to meet these challenges over the coming months and years."
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