Post by Charles McIntyre, UCSC. It seems like everything I read and hear these days, from EDUCAUSE to Harvard Business Review to MBA programs, is discussing how to deliver more innovation in IT. Webster’s definition of innovation is “to begin or introduce something new.” My question is, “what are the ingredients for innovation for IT at UC?”
The UC IT community is extremely diverse – from desktop support and Rails developers, to high performance cluster admins and DBAs, to project managers and network security analysts. Our IT portfolio spans small- and large-scale systems, mission-critical business systems and small experimental ones, systems with sensitive data, and others that require full transparency.
In the academic and medical worlds, innovation is required and will make or break a department. Faculty members are driven to develop cutting edge technology to be successful in their research. And innovative technology from UC is used in almost every business sector, from high tech to construction.
What is the secret sauce that enables areas and pockets of the university to deliver innovative and sustainable information technology solutions? Is it external business pressures? Or a charismatic engineer or manager? Or something else completely? What are the building blocks that have fostered successful innovation? Let me know your thoughts.
—Charles McIntyre, Manager, Infrastructure & Operations, Applications & Project Management, UCSC.