The ITS annual report is just about done. Itâ€™s a snapshot in time, a bit of bragging and directions on where weâ€™re going. But so far, itâ€™s a relatively safe document.
I dislike safe. It needs a section on Bold & Audacious. What are the questions that no one wants to ask? What are the sacred cows? What might a naÃ¯ve outsider ask if s/he was new to our environment?
To seed ideas, here are some questions posed by others at other institutions.
- Should we continue to provide email to students when they come to campus with free (and preferred) email accounts?
- Should we get out of the phone business?
- Should we discontinue using Microsoft Office in favor of Google applications that are free and Webiquous?
- Why are we providing computers all over campus if students are bringing their own?
- Why do we not share more hardware and resources with sister campuses in USNH?
- Why donâ€™t we move our Help Desk into the Library (ooops, thatâ€™s a hangover from last year)
Iâ€™m asking for your help again. Send me bold and audacious ideas. Send them electronically or written on a piece of paper in an envelope addressed to me. Iâ€™ll pick the ten best and get them into the report. Think about things we might start doing, and others we should stop doing.
Maybe theyâ€™ll prompt a few more people to read it.