information technology services
Below are some examples of the over two hundred projects being worked on in Information Technology Services:
Building Information Modeling Project
BIM is a building design methodology that uses computable data about a building to aid in its design, construction and maintenance. BC is assessing and implementing components of BIM to help in the construction and renovation of buildings and for ongoing building maintenance. Its current use on campus includes modeling an existing building and performing a Proof of Concept validation using a new construction project. That building data will also be used to feed the facilities maintenance system in order to provide better support and building maintenance process over the life of those buildings.
Document Management and Imaging
ITS is working on selecting and implementing an enterprise document management system. This will allow administrators to track, store, and manage electronic documents and images of paper documents. Offices will reap tremendous benefits from this software implementation and BC will continue to further our strategic goal of increasing efficiencies and cost-savings.
ITS continues to develop and test formal processes, policies, and procedures that will allow critical business applications at BC to continue in the event of a disaster.
Master Data Management
Departments across the University access and rely on significant amounts of data to do their work. As this data has grown, its structure has become less efficient, includes redundancies, and is challenging to maintain. The Master Data Management (MDM) Project will allow ITS to better manage, control, and audit data sharing across the University.
Student Email Project
Although there is a trend among students away from use of email for communicating with each other, email is still the primary way that the faculty and staff at BC communicate with students. A reliable email system that retains a “BC address” for students is a necessity. The Student Email Committee expects to select a vendor and begin implementation during the 2011-2012 academic year.
User Computing Roadmap
The goal of the User Computing Roadmap Project is to gain a comprehensive and integrated view of the computing environments and computing needs of Boston College departments. This knowledge, coupled with the evaluation of new technologies, will allow ITS to more effectively manage the user computing experience and the acquisition, management, and replacement of computer systems.