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Institutional Stewardship

To move its ambitious goals forward, UCLA will need to achieve greater focus in the application of its IT assets and investments. Independent units must pull together as one. Many IT resources and assets will, appropriately, continue to be distributed, especially for research and education and school, division, and department competitiveness. Local autonomy is recognized as highly valuable, especially to innovation and to sustaining research and educational competitiveness. It is embraced as part of a UCLA IT enterprise architecture that harmonizes local and institutional needs and finds an appropriate balance between autonomy and standardization and thereby allows a commoditized infrastructure to be shared and blended to satisfy end users’ needs.

To remain responsive, UCLA must manage campus processes, and the IT applications and services that support these, institutionally, so that services are provided with the highest standards of security, reliability, efficiency, functionality, and recoverability. This institutional approach will require transparency of IT investment across the campus and a comprehensive understanding of assets and services. It also requires development and adoption of shared standards to reduce complexity and interdependency among different technologies and applications.