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Reallocation under way to improve information services, infrastructure

Information Services has embarked on a reallocation plan that will enable improvements to KU's information infrastructure to begin immediately. Improving network connectivity and access to information for IT users, ensuring the reliability of enterprise-essential computing resources, and access to information for IT users, and enhancing library resources are among the priority initiatives the reallocation plan will address.

"Continuing investment in KU's information infrastructure is critical to many of our institutional goals," Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere said. "Information Services has responded with a plan to redirect funds in a manner that will enhance those resources that are so essential to our work at KU. The plan recommends a coordinated institutional approach to hardware and software purchasing, licensing and information management that promises far greater return of investment for KU. I commend Vice Provost for Information Services Denise Stephens and her colleagues for thinking beyond our present model and practices."

The plan calls for reallocating $3 million from within the Information Services budget over the next two years. This fiscal year, redirected funds will be derived from several current position vacancies in the Information Technology and KU Libraries divisions, improved operational processes and technical changes, and realignment of some existing staff positions.

"As we move forward with implementing this plan, we will be continuing to evaluate the way information and information technology services are delivered for the KU community," Stephens said. "The Provost directed us to consider all financially expedient options, including eliminating, restructuring and outsourcing, while maintaining a focus on improving service quality. Our leaders in IT and the Libraries, together with our colleagues Diane Goddard (interim vice provost for administration and finance) and Barry Swanson (associate comptroller and director of purchasing) have been diligent in their evaluations and recommendations for this plan to significantly advance KU's investment in its information infrastructure."

During the next few months, Information Services will lead an initiative to maximize KU's investment in information infrastructure resources and services. That initiative is expected to identify further funds for reallocation. In FY2010, additional redirected funds will be derived from the elimination of nine positions that are currently staffed, including seven in IT and two in Libraries. The affected employees have received notification from the university and will receive assistance from Information Services and Human Resources during the intervening months to identify other possible opportunities at KU.

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