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Technology Initiatives (TI)

Technology Initiatives (TI), formerly ISIP, is a portfolio of projects requiring planned change that transform process, information management and systems. Delivered within a project framework, these initiatives incorporate a major information communication and technology (ICT) component usually with an impact that crosses organisational units.

The TI is one of the University's major capital investment plans contributing to the University Strategy, ensuring compliance and improving our operational efficiency.

The TI program of work is scheduled over a three-to-five year period. The TI receives a budget each year to fund projects but also includes projects that are co-funded or funded from other sources such as SSAF. The Technology Governance Committee (TGC) oversees the plan including assessments of strategic initiatives twice a year to determine which receive priority within the available budget. All initiative submissions must address the required criteria. The Division of Information Technology's Project Portfolio team is responsible for the management, development and planned execution of the TI as well as providing support and guidance to Initiative Proposers and Project Sponsors.

New Technology Initiatives 2018/19 Round

The next round of TI initiatives will open early July 2018 with detailed submissions to be completed by 21 September 2018.

Initially proposers will be requested to provide a one-page Expression of Interest providing an overview of the initiative and intended outcomes. These will be reviewed by the TGC at their meeting in August and feedback provided to proposers.

Key dates for the next round are shown below. Confirmation of when the round opens, along with detailed advice, will be made available via ‘What’s New’ closer to July. In the meantime, please contact John Smith (Senior Manager, IT Project Portfolio) on 19783 if you have any questions.

Table 1: Key Dates 2018/19 Round
Key Dates 2018Actions
2 July Call for new submissions
20 July Expressions of Interest (initiative ideas) to be submitted. Preparation of detailed initiatives to take place from 23 July - 21 September
27 July Assisting Enterprise Architect appointed to initiatives
6 August TGC meeting. Expressions of Interest reviewed and feedback provided to proposers
10 August First draft of initiative completed by proposers
17 August Secure initial stakeholder endorsement and support from impacted areas and senior staff
27 August First resource estimation workshop
7 September Second resource estimation workshop (if required)
14 September Finalise stakeholder endorsement, resource profile, funding estimate and cost benefit analysis
21 September Closing date for detailed initiative submissions
1 October Release documentation to TGC members for review
15 October TGC New Initiatives meeting

Technology Initiatives - 2018

The Technology Governance Committee (TGC) recently finalised their review of new initiatives requesting funding in 2018. In total 16 initiatives were submitted with 11 progressing through to detailed submissions for consideration by the committee. Chaired by the Chief Financial Officer, the TGC is made up of senior members of the CSU community and is tasked with, amongst other things, the oversight and governance of the portfolio of Technology Initiatives. As shown in Table 1 below, nine of the initiatives secured funding.

If you would like information about any of the initiatives listed below please contact John Smith (Senior Manager, IT Project Portfolio) on 19783.

Table 2: Approved Technology Initiatives – Round 1, 2018

Technology Initiative TitleProposer Funding Source Estimated FundingRatingPriority
My eQuals – Digital Student Qualifications Ian McDermott, DSA TI $330,000 A Critical
Offer Decision Process Improvement Julie Cleary, DSA TI $205,835 A Critical
Student Incident Management System Implementation Jenny Roberts, DVC (Students), Division of Student Services TI/SSAF $177,000 A Critical
Enterprise Space Register Integrations Steve Butt, DFM TI/Energy $158,250 A High
Workplace Learning Payments Jennie Anderson, HR TI $142,666 A High
Transforming Distance to Online Ian McDermott, DSA Contingency $130,000 B Medium
CourseSpace Development 2018 Elizabeth Thomson/Dallas Woolley, DLT TI $200,000 B Medium
Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) Enabling Technologies Implementation Linda Breen, GCA TI $350,000 B Medium
Reward Gateway Implementation Adam Browne, HR TI $180,000 B Medium