UNLV IT Master Plan: Initial Findings and Next Steps

Mar. 20, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are now aware, a strategic planning initiative is well underway to develop a university-wide Information Technology Master Plan. We engaged the professional services of BerryDunn, a nationally recognized management consulting firm, to provide us with a professional assessment and plan for the academic, administrative, centralized and decentralized information technology services across UNLV.

We are pleased to report that the assessment phase of that review is now complete. The UNLV Current IT Environment Report contains information that will serve as a foundation for the planning process. We are releasing this report to the campus today, and I ask you to take time to review it carefully.

We now move on to the next steps of the planning process, the development of the formal master plan. For this step, I have extended the time frame of the final plan to the fall semester, to ensure full campus participation. I have also appointed a “Core Team” under the leadership of Vice Provost Gregory Brown, to work directly with the consultants to develop UNLV’s IT strategic initiatives.

In addition to the Core Team members, other UNLV stakeholders will be asked to participate in work sessions where their particular expertise will be valuable in addressing specific issues. The important work of the Core Team will include the review and analysis of the Environment Report in an effort to make preliminary recommendations to the institution regarding the contents of the final plan. Please watch for future correspondence from the Core Team Members concerning opportunities to participate in work sessions or otherwise provide input. When your views are solicited, I hope you will share your time, insights and expertise. We are excited about the collaborative nature of the planning process, and we look forward to setting forth a clear direction for Information Technology at UNLV through this Master Plan.

John Valery White
Executive Vice-President and Provost