Division of IT: About The Division

FY11 Annual Report

On behalf of the staff of the Division of IT, I am pleased to publish our Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Annual Report.

Major application highlights included:

  • Upgrade of the PeopleSoft Human Resources module to version 9.1.
  • Introduction of PeopleSoft's Supplier Contracts and Strategic sourcing modules.
  • Introduction of the PeopleSoft Travel and Expenses module.
  • Introduction of GoMizzou for iPhone and Android.

We continued to upgrade the infrastructure and simultaneously saved money. During FY11, we

  • Saved $3.1 million from consolidated infrastructure purchases.
  • Saved nearly $600,000 by virtualizing servers, (i.e., hosting and partitioning servers to run on one physical server).
  • Upgraded hospital wireless networks.
  • Expanded the number of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to accommodate the rising tide (tsunami?) of wireless phones, tablets, e-readers and other devices.

As usual, our security initiatives remained front and center. Building on the knowledge gained with eliminating routine use of social security numbers in the PeopleSoft Finance and Human Resources modules, we began remediating the PeopleSoft student modules. Additionally, we introduced a full disk encryption service to protect sensitive data on laptops and desktops.

On the research front, we continued to expand the capacity of our research computing and networking infrastructure. IBM's Shared University Research Award will provide high-performance computation and storage equipment to our already substantial infrastructure base.

In the coming fiscal year and beyond, we intend to build on FY11's achievements by:

  • Expanding our plans to streamline business processes, like the travel reimbursements example listed above, under the Operational Excellence Initiative (OEI) umbrella.
  • Continuing to work with departments to move servers deployed throughout the MU campus to the Data Center while maintaining the level of service to which they have been accustomed.
  • Consolidating faculty/staff email infrastructure in Columbia with Missouri S&T providing a high availability backup site in Rolla.
  • Implementing PeopleSoft Commitment Accounting, and beginning work to upgrade the PeopleSoft Student module.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Annual Report. I hope you find it both worthwhile and interesting. I welcome your thoughts, comments and advice on how the Division of IT can best support the university's missions.

Gary K. Allen, DVM, Ph.D.,
Vice President of Information Technology
and Chief Information Officer, MU