The 2023 IT Strategic Plan
The IT Strategic Plan is a campus-wide SAGIT-sponsored project, aimed at providing a strategic vision, for information technology at Princeton, a roadmap of initiatives to achieve the vision and a strategy for our ERP and connected systems.
Engaging in a campus-wide strategic planning process is both timely and a University best practice. The pandemic was a remarkable demonstration of the power of technology today, as well as a glimpse into the future, as technology changes rapidly. In the next ten years, our current ERP vendor, PeopleSoft, will reach end-of-life, while other technologies like cloud, artificial intelligence, data, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) expand rapidly.
As the magnitude of Princeton’s IT investment has grown over the past two decades, new processes will be vital to planning and governance.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Jay Dominick
Together, the principles form a holistic approach to identifying and prioritizing potential IT Initiatives for the future.
- Developed based on input from 30+ executive interviews, the November 1, 2021 Strategic Visioning Workshop with President’s Cabinet members, and 2,000+ Campus Voice Survey responses from faculty, students, and staff.
- Created to address current pain points and opportunities and advance Princeton’s mission for the next decade.
- Aligned with Princeton’s strategic IT themes, as well as industry-leading practices to reflect strategic partner Deloitte’s assessment of where peers (e.g., elite, R1 research institutions) are going.
- Designed to be relevant for the next decade and “evergreen” for many years.
- Grounded in actionable “how could Princeton get started?” examples to inspire ideas around potential near-term projects.
The path forward includes selecting focus areas, developing area plans, soliciting feedback and planning and initiation.
- Focus areas will include IT governance, cybersecurity, data and information and enterprise systems planning. Area plans include creating the planning teams, defining the problem, gathering information and establishing vision and objectives.
- Feedback will comprise of engaging the community for input, validating plans with outside experts, determining resources needed and aligning plans with campus needs.
- The initiation phase will include assigning ownership, gathering resources, initiating projects and turning plans into action.
Foundational to the implementation of Princeton’s strategic IT themes are a dynamic IT governance framework and a culture that promotes broad institutional thinking.
A dynamic IT governance framework and a culture that promotes broad institutional thinking will enable the University to successfully implement bold, campus-wide IT initiatives.
Princeton will offer a transformative educational experience that prepares a growing and diverse student body to solve the world’s most complex challenges and create a better future.
Princeton’s IT workforce will reach its full potential through an unflagging commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and modern talent management practices.
Free exchange of ideas and security of Princeton’s information assets are protected by a risk-based cyber security framework.