Computing Structure at Penn
Like almost everything
at the University, computing at Penn is decentralized. Although there are many
benefits to distributed authority and localized control, the learning curve
for a new employee in decentralized setting can be challenging.
The following links on
the Penn Computing
Web are provided to help illustrate a picture of the vast computing landscape
at Penn, including the IT Advisory
Structure. A list of technology terms specific
to Penn has also been constructed to aid the orientation process.
In our decentralized structure,
each school and center has its own computing organization. This page has links
to the numerous providers
of computing resources on campus.
One way to pull together
these widespread resources is through IT Roundtable. The focus of the IT
Roundtable Committee is information technology strategy. It is comprised
of senior technology officers from all 12 Schools and major centers. Its primary role is as a communication vehicle for the community of IT Directors supporting strategic
local IT planning.
The University also has
several technical special interest
and user groups that meet regularly to discuss new technology and computing
issues on campus. In between meetings, online discussions occur through the
groups listservs. Although they groups and lists are open to the entire
Penn community, they are especially targeted to IT professionals. Some of these
groups are sponsored by ISC, while others were initiated by IT staff in a school
or center who wanted to bring colleagues from around the University together
to discuss a specific topic. Three of the most popular groups are the Super
User Group (SUG), PCNet,