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IT Governance Overview

IT Governance at Penn is inclusive and participatory at multiple levels. As academics explore new and innovative approaches to learning and research, technology planners look for the supporting technologies that will underline future direction. Administrative and infrastructure projects that cross organizations or require high-risk, capital investments are prioritized by executive leadership to ensure the benefits and costs of a given project are clearly understood and prioritization for competing resources is a business decision.

IT Roundtable

Roundtable is charged with advising on new technology implementations, rollout and support, and is particularly focused on awareness, communication, and adoption planning for those decisions with local implications. It is comprised of senior technology officers from all 12 Schools and major centers, along with some faculty and student participation. Its primary role is as an orientation and communication vehicle for the community of IT Directors and provides input on direction, policy, and standards critical to both local and University-wide IT planning. Roundtable is the place to have the discussions about emerging technologies, what they mean for Penn, and their impact on the institution, schools, centers and individuals.

Network Planning Task Force (NPTF)

The Network Planning Task Force meets to discuss and resolve issues surrounding the planning and funding of PennNet, including advising on a fair and strategic funding model for both voice and data networks.

Network Policy Committee (NPC)

The Network Policy Committee's (NPC) charge is to develop and review network policies and to recommend policies for approval to IT Roundtable and the Vice President for Information Technology and University Chief Information Officer.

Super User Group and Special Interest Groups

Campus user and special interest groups have a particularly important place within Penn's distributed model for computing services, improving communication and encouraging adoption of standards and best practices across schools and units. These groups provide an opportunity for computing staff on campus with common interests or technology needs to work together and support one another through information sharing and working on campus projects and teams.

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