2016-2017 ITS Planning Indicators

January 2016

Planning Indicators

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Staying abreast of current technology trends is essential to cultivating a highly flexible and scalable technology foundation for UNMC’s mission.  Mobility, cloud services, simulation and big data lead the way in  transforming the way we think about, use, deliver and support technology. 

Technology Master Plan for an Innovative Campus

Information Security.  Cyber security continues to be a top priority for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.  Increased mobility, multiple and diverse end user devices and cloud services increase the risk of cyber security incidents.  Prevention, detection and responding to threats are the key components to UNMC’s security plan.  This past year, funding was secured, and recruitment completed, for three additional information security positions and an information  security project portfolio was developed and is in progress.

Network Infrastructure Planning.  ITS is in the process of a major wired and wireless network refresh to replace components that are at capacity and end of life.   In addition, planning is underway to design a higher bandwidth infrastructure to support new initiatives and new buildings.  An RFP was issued to ensure UNMC receives the best pricing for core network and new building infrastructure purchases.

Cellular Coverage: ITS is exploring approaches to expand cellular coverage throughout the campus for faculty, staff, students, patients and other visitors. An engagement is underway to develop recommendations to determine the best cellular coverage approach for the enterprise.

Cloud Services.  ITS is in the midst of a phased approach to migrate UNMC email accounts to Microsoft’s cloud based Office 365.  This provides simplified access from off-campus, improved collaboration capabilities and increased mailbox quotas.  In addition to increased functionality, this cloud based service enables UNMC to avoid replacing expensive email servers that are at capacity and end of life.  To date, all students and several departments have been migrated for a total of 4,600 accounts.  ITS is also utilizing cloud based storage services and a learning management system.