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UTS 2014 Annual Report

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UTS 2014 Annual Report

Scaling for the Future

Develop and enhance sustainable campus infrastructure and services that scale and adapt to the continual changing needs of our customers

The design and implementation of the campus technology infrastructure, classroom spaces, and technology uses focus on services that promote sustainability and greening the curriculum and classroom, while supporting information and physical security needs to provide secure and reliable services.  UTS stays abreast of the direction of the technology industry in higher education and prepares for, communicates, and supports these industry changes.  Our investments in next generation technologies and infrastructure promote, support, and allow for future expansion that facilitate adaptable, flexible and nimble infrastructure for future growth and accommodations. 

Provide Sustainable Infrastructure

Virtualization of physical hardware is one mechanism UTS employs to efficiently utilize existing hardware resources and cost effectively provision new services.  The technology simplifies IT operations and allows IT organizations to respond faster to changing business demands.  Leveraging  appropriate virtualization methodologies not only improves performance, security, and cost effectiveness of campus-wide services, but also provides our customers with a robust, highly available, flexible, dynamic and agile infrastructure that can support the technologies of today and tomorrow.  We recognize that continued adoption and development of these technologies allows us to keep pace with industry best practices in the data center, network, and desktop service areas.

Assure Global Accessibility 

Seamless integration of services on and off campus are necessary for our constituents as we continue to leverage externally hosted and cloud-based services where appropriate to improve service, lower cost, and/or integrate new services and technologies.  DU community members need to take full advantage of increasing resources available online and to provide collaboration in the worldwide community.  UTS continues to facilitate on and off campus access to DU resources ubiquitously with “device friendly” and “intelligent” application and network connectivity that adapts to multiple device frameworks, delivery, and media types.  We continually monitor and plan for expansion of resources to provide robust and reliable connections to the internet.  In 2014, a second connection to the internet was installed to improve redundancy, reliability, and availability of global resources.  

Ensure Cost Effectiveness

The resultant pressure on higher education institutions to be more cost effective in the delivery of services to students, faculty members and staff is substantial.  As the institution contemplates refining metrics on costs, determining where technology fits in, what technologies work and do not work, and where technology can save money is paramount.   UTS considers and evaluates ways in which to improve cost effectiveness with every technology initiative, whether build vs. buy, minimizing customizations, leveraging systems with built-in integrations, or implementing a component “as a service”.  UTS aims to provide technologies to create and promote research, teaching, and learning effectiveness and administrative efficiencies that provide the greatest value at the lowest cost.