Projects and Initiatives

The following are projects and initiatives created in collaboration with units throughout the University.

Active or In Progress Initiatives

Identity and Access Management (IAM) Project

The goal of this project is to implement an IAM solution to address the University of Illinois need to manage Identity and Access issues. This project will be implemented in three phases that span over 2 to 4 years. Based on the project planning, these phases may overlap. More information can be found on the IAM Project Website.

Advanced Illinois (AI) Project

The goal of this project is to broadly review and improve the advancement technology infrastructure in order to enhance fundraising and engagement for and on behalf of the University of Illinois.  More information can be found on the Advance Illinois website

START myResearch Project

START myResearch will modernize and streamline the research enterprise at the University of Illinois.  This project combines the implementation of a grants management and compliance software with the launch of a Principal Investigator (PI) portal providing faculty with grant related information from a number of different university systems.  For more information, visit START myReseach.

UI IT Leadership Program (ITLP)

From October 2011 to May 2012, 30 individuals from across the University of Illinois participated and graduated from an IT leadership program. This program was designed to:

  • Enhance the professional and personal development of individuals who will play increasingly important management and leadership roles within information technology
  • Broaden each participant's understanding of the strategic and technological issues facing the University of Illinois
  • Strengthen relationships within and across departments in order to foster collaboration and leverage resources when working on common interests

Completed or Operational Initiatives

Box Enterprise Service

Box is an online file sharing and cloud content management service that works on PCs, Macs, mobile and tablet devices and provides access to your files from any location. This service is available to all current University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students. Faculty, staff and students are provided 50GB of space. Box promotes a secure way to collaborate with fellow UI users or external people. Please visit our University of Illinois Box Enterprise instance: http://uofi.box.com.

Business Process Improvement Shared Service

Representatives from the three campuses and University Administration are working together to offer a shared service for business process improvement at the University. Several initiatives across the University are working toward increasing the efficiency of University operations. More information and documentation templates can be found on the Business Process Improvement Shared Service Website.

Endpoint Management Services

Endpoint management (EPM) provides the opportunity to reduce operational costs for supporting campus desktop, laptop, and mobile computing devices. It provides secure updates, patch management, logging, inventory maintenance, and overall quick remediation abilities for IT Professionals. Endpoint management solutions include highly automated and integrated tools to significantly reduce the effort required to manage and secure desktop computers. For more information, visit the Endpoint Management website.

Illinois Faculty Profiles

The Division of Biomedical Sciences (DBS) and AITS have implemented Harvard’s Faculty Profile software at UIUC to assist faculty in locating and collaborating other researchers with common research interests. Illinois Profiles will increase collaboration, reduce the duplication of research projects and increase funding for joint endeavors between fellow researchers within University of Illinois. The current implementation of Illinois Profiles is limited to UIUC’s Interdisciplinary Health Sciences community. For more information, please contact DBS.

IT Consulting Contracts

A request for proposal (RFP 1JAM1106) was initiated to obtain contracts for University-wide use in purchasing as-needed IT consulting services. Contracts were awarded to thirteen consulting firms and can be utilized by units from any of the three University of Illinois campuses. These contracts are meant specifically for use in obtaining services (from one or more of six groups of services) to assist in the implementation of IT projects. More information can be found on the IT Consulting Contracts Website.

SharePoint Shared Service

The goal of the SharePoint Shared Service is to have a platform available to all three campuses and University Administration that will facilitate collaboration. This service was successfully launched on November 5, 2012 and has already increased in the number of site collections created by 65 percent. The multi-tiered service now houses over 115 site collections between the production and test environments. A SharePoint Advisory Board, made up of University of Illinois stakeholders, provides guidance for the governance of the service. To request a site collection, or for more information on the shared service, visit the SharePoint website.

Web-Based Training Service for the University of Illinois

A request for proposal was initiated to obtain contracts for University-wide web-based training services for the University of Illinois. A contract was awarded to lynda.com and is now able to be utilized by individuals from any of the three University of Illinois campuses. More information and access links can be found on the lynda.com Online Training Website.