North Dakota University System
Information Technology – Strategic Plan 2017-2019
(Report generally covers the period from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)
Presented By:
Dr. Lisa Feldner
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research
Table of Contents
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ............................................................................................................ 3
Strategic Architecture ....................................................................................................................... 4
Everything Is Connected................................................................................................................... 6
GOALS ........................................................................................................................................... 7
GOAL ONE: ............................................................................................................................................. 7
Purpose: ................................................................................................................................................. 7
Strategy Objectives: ........................................................................................................................... 7
17-19 Biennium Initiatives: ............................................................................................................ 7
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments: ............................................................................................. 8
GOAL TWO: ............................................................................................................................................ 8
Purpose: ................................................................................................................................................. 8
Strategy Objectives: ........................................................................................................................... 9
17-19 Biennium Initiatives: ............................................................................................................ 9
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments: ............................................................................................. 9
GOAL THREE: ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Purpose: .............................................................................................................................................. 10
Strategy Objectives: ........................................................................................................................ 10
17-19 Biennium Initiatives: ......................................................................................................... 10
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments: .......................................................................................... 10
GOAL FOUR:........................................................................................................................................ 11
Purpose: .............................................................................................................................................. 11
Strategy Objectives: ........................................................................................................................ 11
17-19 Biennium Initiatives: ......................................................................................................... 11
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments: .......................................................................................... 12
MATRIX OF PROJECTS/INITIATIVES BY CAMPUS OR ENTITY ................................ 13
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) Policy 1901.3 Information Technology Project
Management states:
Consistent with NDCC section 15-10-44, the state board of higher education shall manage
and regulate information technology planning and services for institutions under its
control.
The Chancellor is delegated authority and directed to develop information technology
planning, policies, standards, guidelines, and project management oversight and
reporting in coordination with the state information technology department. NDUS
Information Technology (IT) projects shall comply with established standards,
guidelines, procedures and processes.
Not more frequently than every two years, a comprehensive information technology plan
shall be submitted to the Board for its review and approval. In addition, periodic progress
reports on goal progress shall be submitted to the Board.
REFERENCE: N.D.C.C Section 15-10-44
At this time the North Dakota University System (NDUS) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is being
developed/refined; however, the NDUS strategic goals have been identified as the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Deliver degrees that are best value in the nation.
Provide programs people want, where and when they need them.
Equip students for success.
Maximize the strengths of the unified system.
This NDUS Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan aligns with and supports the strategic
plan brought forward by the Chancellor and approved by the State Board of Higher
Education.
Core Technology Services (CTS) of the NDUS provides a wide portfolio of technology
activities in support of the University System and institutions. The North Dakota University
System will leverage its information technology resources to provide access to academic
programs and services, allow for innovation in academic and administrative functions to
achieve greater effectiveness and efficiencies, and help all units deliver excellence. The NDUS
Information Technology Strategic Plan consists of:
 goals and their purpose
 strategic objectives to meet the goals
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initiatives/projects or tactical efforts/activities from institutions and CTS that align
with strategic objectives
a reflection on accomplishments during the previous two-year cycle
During the past two years, NDUS continued to align that portfolio with the goals of the Board
and the needs of institutions. Concurrently, CTS created a strategic vision for future
directions, opportunities and challenges, recognizing that services must be connected and
integrated to meet the needs in an Internet-connected world.
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The overarching goals within the NDUS Information Technology Strategic Plan are:
1. Support System Infrastructure Needs (aligns with and supports the NDUS Strategic Plan
Goal- Maximize the strengths of the unified system).
2. Improve Information Technology-enabled Business Processes and Services while
Providing and Managing Resources to Align with University System Strategic Goals
(aligns with and supports the NDUS Strategic Plan Goal- Deliver degrees that are the
best value in the nation).
3. Improve and Enhance Student Learning and Users’ Focus (aligns with and supports the
NDUS Strategic Plan Goal- Equip students for success).
4. Improve and Enhance Collaborative Efforts (aligns with and supports the NDUS
Strategic Plan Goal- Provide programs people want, where and when they need them).
Each goal, purpose, and strategy will be addressed later in the document. Tactical efforts and
activities are also included with each goal, but implementation is dependent on funding,
other available resources, and other priorities that may supersede these at time of
implementation.
A random sample of initiatives/projects are included with the goals section; however, a
complete summary listing can be found in the section titled “Matrix of Initiatives/Projects by
Campus or Entity” at the end of this document.
It should be noted that all initiatives and projects described in this document could be
superseded by the requirements of N.D.C.C 15-10-44.1 as enacted below.
15-10-44.1. Required use of electronic mail, file server administration, database
administration, application server, and hosting services. Each institution and entity
under the control of the state board of higher education shall obtain electronic mail,
file server administration, database administration, research computing, storage,
application server, and hosting services through a delivery system established by the
board. The board shall establish policies and guidelines for the delivery of services,
including the transition from existing systems to functional consolidation, with
consideration given to the creation of efficiencies, cost-savings, and improved
quality of service.
Accomplishments related to a strategic plan cannot be attributed to a single year, but require
planning, prioritization, project management through implementation, and ongoing support.
A sample of accomplishments, completed during the past biennium, is included in this report
with each goal, and some may align with more than one goal. A more complete listing of
accomplishments is available in the document titled “North Dakota University System
Initiative Status Update Information Technology-Strategic Plan 2015-2017”.
Strategic Architecture
Today’s world of Information Technology is complex and intertwined. Today’s world of
Information Technology is complex and intertwined. A typical enterprise management
system consists of diverse number of individual systems that are capable of integrating or
interfacing with each other, to allow information and data to easily move across the entire
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environment. To make it work successfully, IT organizations must implement and manage a
strategic architecture. The Core Technology Services strategic architecture is best described
as a visual, layered pyramid depicted as follows.
The base of the foundation begins with a Common Communication System. This is the state’s
STAGEnet network.
The second layer of the foundation is Common Operating Systems: Windows Server, Linux,
etc. Common Operating Systems provide the foundational component between computers,
software and users. Operating Systems instruct the computer how to perform basic tasks
such as accepting input from the keyboard, sending output information to the display screen,
keeping track of files and directories on disks, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk
drives and printers. An operating system makes sure different programs and users do not
interfere with each other. It also provides security to make sure that unauthorized users
cannot access the system.
The third layer is the Common Data Base System. A database is a collection of information
organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select the desired pieces of
data. Think of it as an electronic filing system. To access information from a database, you
need a database management system. This collection of programs enables us to enter,
organize, and select data in a database.
Layer 4 consists of Middleware/Supporting Applications. Middleware includes such things
as security software, directory services, and applications. These tools assist in controlling
other applications and may include software that allows applications to exchange data even
when operating on two different operating systems. Middleware sits between an operating
system and applications.
The next two levels consist of the integration and application layers. The integration layer is
the area where CTS links the middleware/supporting applications with the NDUS
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applications. The application layer consists of the NDUS software and systems that the user
community accesses on a regular basis. They include applications such as ConnectND, thirdparty systems, Learning Management Systems (LMS), ODIN library services, email/calendaring, and the NDUS Help Desk.
The Web Portal is the seventh layer. The portal is the window that is used to access
applications.
Today, more and more Enterprise level services are becoming cost-effective, secure, and
available through the Cloud. The Cloud could be an internal Cloud located and managed by
CTS or an external Cloud provided by a vendor. The Cloud could be any of the layers
represented. These “X” as a service (XaaS) could consist of anything represented by the “X.”
It may be Communications as a Service (CaaS), Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Disaster
Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Monitoring as a Service
(MaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and many others.
Everything Is Connected
Many of the applications provided through/by CTS are interwoven. The following visual
depicts this relationship:
Today’s IT ecosystem is a complex environment made up of a number of individual systems
that are tightly integrated. A simple upgrade or enhancement to one system has the potential
to impact and possibly break other things within the ecosystem. So prior to making any
changes, detailed planning and analysis is required. Moreover, ongoing maintenance and
support within this environment requires a high degree of expertise and attention to detail.
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GOALS
This section of the document lists each goal, its purpose, and the strategy objectives. A
sampling of 2017-19 IT initiatives/projects are listed here. There is a complete list later in
this document. Also, included is a sampling of 2015-17 IT initiative/project
accomplishments. A comprehensive listing of accomplishments can be found in the
companion IT planning update titled “North Dakota University System Initiative Status
Update Information Technology-Strategic Plan 2015-2017” or can be obtained from the
Office of the CIO by e-mailing a request to Angela.Oleary@ndus.edu.
GOAL ONE:
To support North Dakota University System infrastructure needs.
Purpose:
This goal is the foundation for Information Technology (IT) in support of NDUS business
processes. Infrastructure holds information technology systems together and allows
systems to communicate with each other over a network. It includes such things as security
and access control for which guidelines must be developed and updated as needed.
Enterprise Architecture provides a blueprint for establishing information technology
policies, procedures, and guidelines to promote effective use of information technology.
Strategy Objectives:
1. Offer reliable, cost-effective and appropriate NDUS network services.
2. Provide tools and technologies to help people more easily use networked resources
and services while ensuring security and privacy of the information.
3. Provide tools and technology to enhance data and system security in order to reduce
the impact of cyber threats.
4. Utilize the network infrastructure for the convergence of voice, data, and video along
with other collaboration tools.
5. Enable libraries to provide easy access to licensed electronic information.
6. Provide leadership for IT enterprise architecture, IT planning, project management,
and service management.
7. Provide linkage through STAGEnet, Internet2, and other national and international
research and development networks.
8. Provide a centralized IT infrastructure with maximized efficiencies that meet NDUS
institutional needs.
17-19 Biennium Initiatives:
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Bismarck State College would like to replace four different card systems (dining,
Library, debit, identification and building access cards) with a single card system.
They are looking to implement CS Access which is offered by CBORD and can be
incorporated into their existing Mystic Card solution.
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The Functional Consolidation project, directed by N.D.C.C 15-10, kicked off this year
with a visit to each campus. The visits were conducted to better understand each
institution’s IT environment, develop an inventory of IT infrastructure, and
determine the best fit for the consolidation plan. The goal of the project is to provide
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efficiencies and cost savings across the state while enhancing overall quality of
services.
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CTS would like to evaluate the potential of Hyperconvergence for use as the
framework of the NDUS IT infrastructure. This evaluation shall be both about
functionality and cost-effectiveness. Functionality will be evaluated with regard to
existing systems and services, short-term initiatives and long-term impacts.
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments:
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Bismarck State College’s Installation/Replacement of Security Cameras replaced the
inadequate storage offered by the DVRs with a high capacity server and storage
solution, replace analog cameras with higher resolution IP cameras, allow storage for
30 days to conform with security department’s policy on retention, and have a single
management point through a console administered and controlled by security
personnel. This project was related to campus safety and benefits students, faculty
and staff and others including BSC security personnel, housing staff and those who
require the review of incidents on campus.
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North Dakota State University provided IT services for the NDSU Nursing program at
Sanford Health campus in Bismarck. Services include provision of NDUS network,
Internet2, voice/telephone, security and asset management, help desk support, video
conferencing, instructional services support, software licensing, Blackboard support,
classroom support, desktop management, computer labs, Go-Print services, and
Tegrity equipment. This project benefits the students, faculty and staff at the
Bismarck NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health campus.
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Dickinson State University made some changes to their Networking Infrastructure
Life Cycle by planning and designing a secure solution for PCI requirements. They
have updated credit card machines, target switches and hardware. In return the PCI
audit was positive and the recommended changes were implemented. The LAN
backbone speed and response increased and was best observed when imaging.
GOAL TWO:
To improve North Dakota University System information technology-enabled
business processes and services while providing and managing resources to align with
NDUS strategic goals.
Purpose:
This goal is the core that supports business processes of the institutions and the North
Dakota University System (NDUS). In order for institutions to remain competitive and offer
information technology support for students, faculty and staff, including research and public
service, the NDUS must provide and manage information technology resources aligned with
NDUS strategic goals.
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Strategy Objectives:
1. Maintain critical core functions and implement upgrades and enhancements to the
student management, financial/human resources management, data warehouse,
library, administrative, and academic technology systems.
2. Identify and integrate appropriate NDUS CTS systems to create operational
effectiveness and efficiencies.
3. Provide cybersecurity training and materials to faculty, staff and students to assist in
the protection of critical systems and data.
4. Provide enterprise architecture administration, enterprise IT planning, procurement,
and project management expertise.
5. Enhance educational experiences with new or repurposed resources that expand
user services, technologies, and initiatives.
6. Maximize IT infrastructure to improve services to students, faculty, staff, and the
citizens of the state.
7. Hire, train, and retain highly competent professional staff to meet the needs of NDUS
services.
8. Provide centralized IT procurement services that allows multiple campuses to easily
acquire software that meets their business needs.
17-19 Biennium Initiatives:
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CTS is considering the implementation of PeopleSoft’s Travel & Expense Module,
which allows the financials system to collect information on employee travel. The
implementation of Travel & Expense will streamline and expedite travel
reimbursements because of the online entry, the ability to attach electronic receipts
to the online voucher, and the automation of moving travel requests through the
approval process within the business unit. Consolidating travel information in the
financials system will also enhance the ability to analyze travel spending and trends.
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CTS is considering development of My Institution @ your fingertips portal for faculty,
staff and students. Students and employees currently are accessing many systems
from HRMS, Student, Library, Learning Management systems etc. CTS is proposing a
Web portal solution that will bring critical and current information into a single
interface front and center to the student, faculty and staff.
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments:

Lake Region State College has implemented ImageNow for document imaging, and
many departments, such as the Admission, Registrar and Financial Aid, are finding it
beneficial. Staff have been very satisfied with the system and can easily access student
records. The Grand Forks Air Force Base has also benefited from the new system and
has access to records more easily.
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CTS completed the Data Inconsistencies project detailed in House Bill 1003 Section
42. The types of inconsistencies that this project focused on are: personal and
demographic information, lack of standardized chart of accounts, absence of standard
financial business processes, inconsistent methods of recording/tracking student
data, inconsistencies in tuition related expenses, fees, etc., inconsistent account
coding and naming, improper use of ‘shadow account’ systems, and varied ‘student’
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definitions. The project formed teams of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help drive
project goals with expected completion by December 2016.
GOAL THREE:
To improve and enhance North Dakota University System student learning and users’
focus.
Purpose:
Empower student learning and development through the use of technology by providing a
near seamless environment for learning through boundless access to information,
educational, and research resources both inside and outside the classroom for all types of
students from undergraduates to lifelong learners.
NDUS encourages and supports an operational environment where the characteristics of its
users – student, faculty, staff, North Dakota residents, and affiliates worldwide – are
identified, their needs are understood, their relationships and expectations are effectively
managed, and quality assurance is fostered for the delivery of high‐quality services and
support.
Strategy Objectives:
1. Leverage the IT infrastructure to create an environment for enhancing learning.
2. Evaluate enhancements to the Online Dakota Information Network’s (ODIN) library
systems and services to improve functionality that supports the evolving needs of
users.
3. Continually improve standards, policies, procedures, and services that facilitate
seamless, integrated learning.
4. Collaborate with NDUS campuses to identify business needs and respond to their
expectations in a timely manner.
5. Continue to gather feedback from the NDUS user community on services provided by
NDUS CTS.
17-19 Biennium Initiatives:

Bismarck State College is considering an upgrade for their IPv4 addresses to IPv6
because of the high demands for more addresses for network connected devices on
the campus. Currently, BSC is expected to access the Internet to connect back to their
client’s home location, and to use the Internet to access both the needed resources for
presentations, and messages (both voice and email) while away from their office.
15-17 Biennium Accomplishments:

Predictive Analytics Reporting or PAR is one project that will have a tremendous
impact on student success. PAR combines student data from a number of sources to
create insights into student academic progress. In turn, institutions can use the
information provided by PAR to make better informed decisions. A number of
committees and councils have participated in PAR demonstrations, including the
State Board of Higher Education, the Academic Affairs Council, joint (K-12/SBHE)
boards, the CIO Council, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and the Legislative Higher
Education Committee. PAR is scheduled to be fully operational across all 11
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institutions by mid-January 2017.
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The implementation of Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration
Integration Package (SAIP) with Minot State University’s Blackboard system is
complete. MiSU went live this past summer and are using the SAIP data feeds. This
allows for a more efficient means of transferring data between the two systems.
GOAL FOUR:
To improve and enhance North Dakota University System collaborative efforts.
Purpose:
Provide a seamless experience for students taking classes at multiple NDUS institutions. By
working together and with the State, K-12, and other constituents, the NDUS is able to bring
new technologies to North Dakota and find efficiencies in supporting existing ones.
Strategy Objectives:
1. Optimize helpdesk services within the NDUS community.
2. Continually improve communications with all stakeholders.
3. Collaborate with NDUS institutions, K‐12, state/local governments, and libraries to
identify and deploy appropriate administrative, learning, and research support
systems.
4. Identify where converged services are appropriate and work with the NDUS
institutions to deploy the services to enhance collaboration.
5. Enable collaboration among learners by providing easy, efficient, and reliable access
to learning resources anytime and anywhere.
6. Leverage educational resources and IT systems to minimize barriers between
institutions, libraries, and other sources of learning.
7. Expand virtual and digital holdings available within the Online Dakota Information
Network (ODIN) libraries.
8. Promote Internet2 and research-level infrastructure.
9. Continue the integration of video, audio, and data collaborations in cross‐platform
environments.
10. Collaborate with business and industry to identify opportunities for innovations that
enhance NDUS CTS systems and services.
17-19 Biennium Initiatives:

North Dakota State University is considering providing university software anywhere
on campus or via the Internet. The software will use virtualization solutions to
provide the application virtualization infrastructure. It will consist of a number of
pilot tests and production services. The services may apply to a few applications or a
larger set, and may utilize other virtualization methodologies. Providing this service
allows faculty at any location to better prep for courses using the same environment
they will teach with. Students can do individual and group project course work
outside of the confines of lab schedules and not need to purchase a particular
operating environment for a niche course.
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15-17 Biennium Accomplishments:

CTS’s ODIN department created a reporting process to provide normalized library
report data to be used by ODIN libraries for reporting to the state library. The goal
was to create reports and establish a process to use those that will guide ODIN
libraries in the reporting of uniform statistics required by the North Dakota State
Library. The process has improved the uniformity across the libraries and reduced
the work expended to do the reporting.
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Upon implementation of the Team Dynamix work management system a decision was
made that it would be used to create the CTS IT Service Catalog. The Service Catalog
is used to identify services provided by CTS, include level of expected service, current
consumers of the services, and the metrics to evaluate success. The catalog is in
operation and continues to be expanded so that services can be requested directly
from the catalog whether the request is from internal CTS staff or from other NDUS
staff.
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CTS has been collaborating with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and the
State’s Information Technology Department (ITD) to meet the demands of K-12
longitudinal reporting. Both teams worked to identify a collection of data for the
postsecondary domain. The project is on track and reports are currently under
development in the Data Warehouse environment using data from four Campus
Solutions modules: Admission, Student Records, Financial Aid and Student Financials.
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MATRIX OF PROJECTS/INITIATIVES BY CAMPUS OR ENTITY
The following pages contain a summary of all the initiatives/projects that campuses and
NDUS CTS have submitted for the 2017 - 2019 NDUS IT Plan. Detailed information regarding
each initiative/project is on file with the Office of the CIO
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NDUS and Campus Planning
BSC
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
BSC
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Extend Campus Network to Lineworker Campus
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.5,1.6,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.4,3.5,4.2,4.4 and 4.7
Students and Faculty at the remote campus. This project will provide the Lineworker
Campus with a high speed network connection directly to our main campus with the
equipment needed on the remote end (equipment on the main campus end is already
in place) via a leased fiber link similar to the connections we provide to the
Mechancial Maintenance program located at another Mandan campus and the Allied
Health campus located in downtown Bismarck. With the proposed fiber links we will
be able to provide a far more robust bandwidth, which will also allow us to provide
additional services such as VoIP services from our PBX, free voicemail services,
remote computer support to the limited equipment at their location, add computers
for students to use to research and access the Internet, installation of security
camperas to monitor the invetory they have located outside, facilities card access into
their building when we decide to move in that direction, and video conferencing
when needed.
Increased number of active connections to the network/Internet
Student’s grades
Increased student retention
Theft investigations would be more successful based on footage captured on
security video
Remote lectures utilized where that capacity is currently not available
Availability and usage of Library resources
Computers can be added to the location to be used for searching resources
Facilities Card Access System
1.2,1.3,2.5 and 3.5
Students- by combining various cards like: Dining, Library, Identification, Debit, and
building access all into their Mystic Card.
Efficiencies gained by not being depended on a locksmith and the time saved by not
waiting for a key to be duplicated
Custodial and maintenance employees can come directly to work without being
concerned about needing to walk through each building to ensure main external
doors are unlocked well before employees start arriving at work
Time saved in record keeping, especially at the beginning of the semester when
students in campus housing receive their access keys for their buildings
Time saved in record keeping, especially at the end of a semester or academic year
when students move out of the housing units
NDUS and Campus Planning
BSC
BSC
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Time saved by locking and unlocking all doors or just select doors from a central or
even a remote location opposed to walking through each building to lockup or
unlocked doors
IPv6 Deployment
1.1,1.2,1.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.4,3.5 and 4.4
Campus Network Engineers- by making our network efficient and more secure by
better segmenting our network traffic due to the additional number of network
addresses that would be made available,
Students and other customers- able to connect to our campus networks, with proper
credentials during peak times
Faculty- assured of receiving network address and not need to be concerned that
they will not have a network address available to them when they enter into the
classroom to teach.
Presenters at conferences or events held on our campus would be guaranteed an
address (with proper credentials) and would not need to be concerned about being
able to connect to the network.
Technology Refresh Cycle Management
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.4,3.5 and 4.4
Students, faculty and staff will benefit by having a reliable and consistent connection
to network resources. The departments responsible for acquisitions, administration
and maintenance of the equipment and the accounting team will also benefit (see
section on anticipated benefits). Knowing in advance the funding amount allows us
to better prepare for new fiscal year equipment purchases and to be able to better
prepare for and schedule our annual projects.
Cash/budget management- budgeting will be consistent from one fiscal year to the
next and will easily projected for future funding periods
Vendor management- should be able to negotiate special pricing with vendors
knowing we will be replacing equipment annually and also knowing approximately
how much equipment will be replaced annually
Consistency in upgrades with equipment should help mitigate security concerns
Consistency with configuration, administration and implementation practices assist
those responsible for the implementation due to their familiarity with the
equipment
Developing a positive relations with a vendor will result in better services from that
vendor
Annual project planning and time management will be simplified
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NDUS and Campus Planning
DCB
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
Dakota College of Bottineau has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019
at this time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine DCB services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
DSU
Dickinson State University has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at
this time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine DSU services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
LRSC
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Lake Region State College has no major IT projects planned for the 2017-19 timeframe but will be
involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine LRSC services to be consolidated.
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
MaSU
Mayville State University has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at
this time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine MaSU services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
MiSU
Minot State University does not have any formal projects planned for the 2017-2019 (January 1, 2017
thru December 31, 2018) timeframe to be included in this document but will be involved in the CTS
consolidation project to determine MiSU services to be consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
NDSCS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
NDSCS has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at this time but will
be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine NDSCS services to be consolidated.
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NDUS and Campus Planning
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
NDSU GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
NDSU GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Application Virtualization- Extending Learning Environment
1.2,1.3,1.4,1.6,1.8,2.4,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.3,4.5 and 4.9
This service will directly benefit students and faculty, as well as staff. Assuming there is funding to
reach a production stage in the project, the user base will routinely be solicited for feedback to verify
that the service is providing the value intended and to find ways to continuously improve it.
Implementation of at least one pilot application, used for courses.
Ensure Stability of NDSU’s IT Services, Systems, Infrastructure and Budget
1.2,1.3,1.4,1.6,1.7,1.8,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,3.1,3.3,3.4,4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6,4.7,4.9 and 4.10
All NDSU on-campus and off-campus constituents benefit from the IT services, systems and
infrastructure outlined in the Business Case.
NDSU’s affiliated entities statewide (such as NDSU-Bismarck, our agricultural extension branches, our
agricultural research centers and the NDSU Forest Service) benefit from the IT services, systems and
infrastructure outlined above in the Business Case.
Other state (e.g.: Northern Crops Institute, North Dakota Trade Commission, State Seed) and federal
entities that are housed on the NDSU campus benefit from the IT services, systems and infrastructure
outlined in the Business Case.
Other NDUS entities (e.g.: North Dakota State College of Science and all NDUS campuses participating
in 5-digit dialing) benefit from the IT services, systems and infrastructure outlined in the Business
Case.
Business initiative progress and impact to the campus measured by sustainable operations and
transparent business continuity.
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UND
University of North Dakota has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at
this time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine UND services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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VCSU
Valley City State University has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at
this time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine VCSU services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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WSC
Williston State College has no major informational technology projects planned for 2017-2019 at this
time but will be involved in the CTS consolidation project to determine WSC services to be
consolidated.
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
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CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
CTS
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
CTS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
HRMS 9.1 to 9.2 Upgrade
2.1
This project will benefit all campuses in that this critical business application will remain supported by
the vendor
Compliance with PeopleSoft/Oracle’s level of considered “current” software they will support. Upgrade
needs to be completed prior to September 2017.
Implement Oracle’s PeopleSoft Expense module
2.1, 2.2
Oracle’s PeopleSoft expense module streamlines and automates travel spend management and
establishes policy-driven controls for expense reimbursement. With PeopleSoft travel and expense
management, the amount of time and effort required to submit, approve, process and pay expenses is
reduced.
This project will benefit any employee who travels on behalf of any of the University System campuses
or organizations. It will also benefit central accounting offices in that the need to audit every single
travel expense is reduced because travel rules are configured in the software.
Deploy the module on all NDUS campuses.
Assist two research campuses (NDSU and UND) in the implementation of pre-award and post-award
research software.
2.2
Provide approved integrations between PeopleSoft Financials/HRMS and Novelution.
Principle Investigators, grants and contracts staff, and research offices on the research campuses, as
the software will ease the proposal process
Integrations flowing smoothly upon campus’ implementation of software.
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CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
CTS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
CTS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Implement Oracle/PeopleSoft's eProcurement module.
2.1
eProcurement is designed to help end users requisition items online, and gaining approvals through
workflow. Using the software helps reduce out-of-system purchasing, enforce contract purchasing and
capture spending information for future analysis. This module integrates with Accounts Payable, Asset
Management, Project Costing and General Ledger, which will streamline business processes and reduce
data entry.
Users with purchasing authority on each campus. Each campus in that easing procedures to purchase
on contracts will reduce costs.
Module going live on every campus.
Implement Oracle/PeopleSoft's ePerformance module.
2.1,2.2,2.6
ePerformance streamlines and automates the employee review process. Within the application, once
can general document
Employees, Supervisors and HR staff
Module going live on every campus.
Enterprise Unified Communications
1.1, 1.4 and 1.6
All of the NDUS employees will benefit from using Skype for Business as it will allow them to serve
customers from any location. No need for employees to feel they are tied to their workspace by
requiring access to their phone. Having the ability to make and receive phone calls from any location
will allow employees to work from anywhere.
Replacing legacy phone services with Skype for Business phone numbers - starting with CTS staff and
eventually rolling out to other NDUS institutions, as an options for legacy phone system near end of life.
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CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
CTS
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Document-Imaging-Operational
1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5 and 4.6
All stakeholders (students, staff, and faculty) of the NDUS system benefit by the increased efficiency of
daily workflow processes. The documents are readily available in a single system for authorized
personnel to access at anytime from anywhere. The system benefits by centralizing the enterprise
solution instead of having separate instances for each institution by reducing the cost of managing and
maintaining such a large critical system.
With the centralization of document imaging system, we currently have 1380 faculty and staff users in
the system with over 25 applications including complex workflows.
Exploring the Feasibility of Implementing the Next Generation Data Center
1.1 thru 4.10
Staff by minimizing the reliance upon other personnel, and by increasing the ability to focus on new
initiatives/projects.
The number of systems/applications that can be deployed until expansion is required. Measure and
track utilization percentages of new infrastructure and comparing utilization to existing/nonresources.
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CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
CTS
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
Functional Consolidation for HB 1003 Section 8
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.6,1.7,1.8,4.1,4.2,4.4,4.5,4.9 and 4.10
Meet legislative bill 1003 Section 8
Policy addresses all required services noted in HB 1003 Section 8
Policy identifies that there will be a defined process for a specific product to be exempted from
consolidation services
NDUS procedure reviewed and approved by CIO Council
NDUS procedure reviewed and approved by NDUS Chancellor’s cabinet
NDUS procedure contains categories, definitions and an exemption process
There will be one document that includes an executive summary, a by-category summary, then a list
of each campus with every system listed including end result
There will be two prioritized list of systems, biggest value to consolidate and project schedule
There will be a consolidation project plan and schedule for actions that can take place up to the need
for additional funding
There will be a business case for additional funding needed to complete the consolidation effort. The
document will use the recommended template for form and format.
myInstitution Portal
1.2,1.3,1.6,1.8,2.2,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.2,4.3,4.5,4.6,4.9 and 4.10
The benefits for the student is multifold. The portal will be the virtual one-stop site for the student.
The dynamic Web pages based on the student role will enhance the effectiveness of the site by
focusing on what is important to the student. The responsive design with user friendly interfaces will
allow the student to access the site anywhere anytime in any device.
Similar to the students, faculty and staff will also see the benefits of a portal by displaying frequently
used functionality such as email, tasks, alerts, etc. in one location and providing shortcuts to other
applications
Increase in satisfaction of students and efficiencies of employees
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CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
CTS
CTS
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
INITIATIVES/PROJECT
CTS
GOAL – OBJECTIVE(S)
WHO BENEFITS
HOW MEASURED
NDUS O365 Migration
2.2,2.4 and 2.6
Students, Faculty, Staff and Legislatures
All four campuses: MaSU, MiSU, NDSU and VCSU will have all mailboxes, calendars, contacts and other
integrated services migrated to the NDUS tenant.
Information Security (InfoSec)
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1 and 3.3
All end users
Increased ability to proactively address security issues from a systemic perspective by organizational
and operational enhancements.
All users will have a higher awareness of cyber security and develop more secure personal practices.
Increased layers of security to mitigate threats to resources at the network, data and end point level.
Reduction in the attack surface presented by NDUS systems and services.
STAGEnet Upgrade
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6 and 1.7
All of NDUS campuses
Lower purchasing/procurement costs
Improved efficiency and consistency across NDUS, K12 and State Government
Improve and/or additional security capabilities at institutions
System wide Automation of Transcript Processing
1.2,1.3,1.6,1.8,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6 and 4.10
All stakeholders (prospective students, transferring students, staff, and faculty) of the NDUS system
benefit by the increased efficiency in transcript processing.
The institutions will be able to make decisions faster and admit quality students.
The university system will be able to attract and retain students due to efficient and quality service
provided from the inception of student and parent interaction with the institutions. This will directly
correlate to increased enrollment and revenue.
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