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IT Update

August brings a frenetic rush to the finish line – the first day of classes. This month we continue with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) rollout, wireless controller and firewall upgrades and so much more.Updates


The CIO and Deputy CIOs will be convening listening sessions with ITS staff on the process of reorganization. Data were provided to staff in advance of the meeting to prepare for the discussion and questions. Staff also were provided a link to an anonymous feedback survey. Continue reading “IT Update”

IT Update

July means turn up the heat! This month we continue with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Town Hall meeting and so much more.Updates


Jan Elsasser was named Deputy CIO for Business Intelligence and Analytics. The Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation will remain unfilled. 


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IT Update

June is a favorite time of year with freshman and transfer students and families Updatesvisiting campus, some for the first time. During Orientation and Enrollment, ITS in conjunction with Hale Libraries and Housing and Dining are staffing a booth and sharing information about available services and the reopening of the first floor of Hale for fall semester.


Chad Currier was named COO/Deputy CIO for Enterprise Technology and remains CISO. Betsy Draper has been named Deputy CIO for Strategy, Planning and Enterprise Architecture. 

Two pending decisions are for the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation and the Deputy CIO for Business Intelligence and Analytics positions. 

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IT Update

UpdatesMay 22 will mark the one year anniversary of the Hale Library fire. IT staff have persevered and risen to numerous challenges not the least of which was restoring services over an 11-day period. Kudos to the IT staff for facing these challenges head on, for relocating, for finding alternative ways to work, for assisting with recovery, for restoring and rebuilding efforts and so much more. Check out May happenings below.


Interviews for the Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CIO for Enterprise Technology position began May 6 and continues through May 9. For dates and times of interviews, visit the IT News blog article. Videos of the presentations and feedback forms are available on the IT Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CIO for Enterprise Technology
Candidate Materials webpage
. Feedback forms are due by 5 pm on May 13. Search committee members include Stacy Kovar, Brian Niehoff, and Fran Willbrant. Continue reading “IT Update”

Information Technology Services reorganization

About a year ago, Information Technology began a strategic planning effort to rethink information technology services at K-State. Working in partnership with the Plante Moran consulting firm, we engaged hundreds of K-Staters to evaluate current and future information technology services. See the IT Strategic Plan.

In conjunction with the IT Strategic Planning process, to address the challenges within the plan and to better align information technology with future needs of the university and the changing IT environment, we are announcing a restructuring of staff within Information Technology Services (ITS).

ITS will take four existing positions and create an IT chief operating officer/deputy CIO for enterprise technology, a deputy CIO for strategy, planning & enterprise architecture, a deputy CIO for emerging technology & innovation, and a deputy CIO for business intelligence & analytics. The Chief Information Officer, the Chief Information Security Officer and these four positions will comprise the leadership team for Information Technology Services. Continue reading “Information Technology Services reorganization”

IT Update

The rebuilding phase for information technology is in full swing. Below are some of the activities of information technology over the first five weeks of the year.

Modernize Data Center

An “on-prem” location search for the data center is underway. IT is working on the cloud first strategy. Project plans will be shared as they are completed.

Service Operations

Duo, two-factor authentication is being rolled out in increments of 200-300 individuals every two weeks. We now have 765 faculty/staff using two-factor authentication.


The Tactical Planning session with the extended IT Leadership group was well received with attendees developing pre-charters for 13 of the objectives in the IT Strategic Plan. Data gathered from the session is under review. Listening sessions continue on campus to ensure we captured the expectations of K-Staters. Individuals who want to provide feedback, can do so on this form.

The ERP Task Force is drafting their final report with a release planned for mid-February. Continue reading “IT Update”

ITS Update

ITS UpdateEnterprise Architecture 2.0 and Planning – Planning for the K-State Enterprise Architecture 2.0 (data center, enterprise applications, networking, etc.) remains the top priority for ITS, with a goal to relocate systems and services from Hale Library in the next 18-24 months. We have been meeting with consultants, distributed IT, and ITS staff to plan for an inclusive architecture that combines on premise and public/private cloud computing. Within this framework, we will be using terms like infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, application and/or software as a service. Definitions of each and more will be shared in the coming months.  

Speaking of cloud, ITS is maintaining HRIS in the cloud. As part of our business continuity process, KSIS has been staged in AWS.


Gary Pratt, CIO continues listening tours with the K-State community regarding our future ERP environment. For more information, see the ERP Task Force website.

ITS is building a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plan using Boldplanning, a system available from the State of Kansas. Continue reading “ITS Update”