Dear Deans and Vice-Presidents,
We are writing to you today with an important update regarding the From data to information (D2I) initiative and our ongoing efforts to align UT’s data resources and modernize our on-campus technology operations. Since we launched D2I in February, a lot of progress has been made and work is well underway to expand the new data hub, engage the campus community through workshops, and develop new analytical reports to help us achieve the objectives described in Change starts here: UT’s 10-year strategic plan to increase impact.
Given the alignment with the D2I mission – and the careful, coordinated planning required as we move forward – we are pleased to announce that work will begin to replace our aging legacy data services in Cognos and the Data Warehouse. IQ enterprise data as part of the D2I initiative. . UT is deeply dependent on these systems to support the operations of many units, and we know it will take several years of strategic planning and working with campus partners to fully integrate and ultimately migrate them to the Data Hub. . Until this migration occurs, the current processes of using these systems will continue through the respective Owners of Information Assets, also known as Data Owners.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Brian Roberts, Acting Associate Dean for Technology and Educational Facilities at the College of Liberal Arts, will assume the additional concurrent role of Executive Director of Legacy Data Services in D2I. He will report to Brad Wheeler, President’s Chief Strategist for D2I, and begin building a project team to collaborate with campus information asset owners, functional systems teams, and CSUs to plan, communicate, sequence, and test campus migration to new data systems over the coming years. Over time, our existing legacy data services, including Cognos, will be retired.
Additionally, in an effort to improve access to administrative information and data, we have appointed a small Enterprise Data Governance Task Force to advise us on how the campus can simplify access and clarify our approach to data governance for administrative data.
We encourage you to visit the D2I website to learn more about plans for legacy data services and the Enterprise Data Governance Working Group. Thank you, as always, for your continued support and partnership in this campus-wide initiative.
Sharon L. Wood
Executive Vice President and Provost
Darrell Bazzell (he/she/his)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer