Initiatives and Projects


Supported by the Office of the CIO, these are efforts that change how the campus does business; have broad campus leadership/executive sponsorship backing and commitment; and have significant campus resources dedicated to them to ensure their success.

For more information about initiatives, contact the Office of the CIO.

Personal Devices and Cloud Services
  • Updated: May 20, 2016

The use of personal devices and cloud services in higher education is transforming the way we conduct our research, teaching and administration. To address this changing landscape, a campuswide team has analyzed our current strategy for managing computing and recommends the following to ensure UW-Madison remains competitive and innovative: Embrace the diversity of device and… Continue Reading Personal Devices and Cloud Services

UW Cloud Services
  • Updated: September 15, 2016

UW Cloud Services is a CIO-sponsored initiative to deliver public cloud computing services to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and departments. The initial offerings focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in the form of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM SoftLayer. When the services become available… Continue Reading UW Cloud Services

UW-IT Connects
  • Updated: March 4, 2016

Sponsored by the Office of the CIO and Vice Provost of Information Technology in  partnership with campus affiliates, the IT Connects initiative seeks to coordinate skill-building in the areas of leadership and information technology competency. Oversight and coordination will be provided by a designated steering team.   To specifically address areas of need, UW-IT Connects will consist… Continue Reading UW-IT Connects

  • Updated: December 9, 2015

Unizin is a consortium of universities working on the next generation teaching and learning environment. UW-Madison’s participation in Unizin is co-sponsored and lead by Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Steve Cramer, in partnership with the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bruce Maas. More details about Unizin are found here.

Educational Innovation
  • Updated: January 8, 2016

The mission of EI is to engage and inspire students through enriched learning, through pervasive active learning to improve the student experience; building innovative, professional-level degree programs and other lifelong learning opportunities; and extending the university’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world using new technology and partnerships. For details, see this site.

Enterprise IT Decision Making (EITDM)
  • Updated: January 14, 2016

The EITDM-Future State team completed peer benchmarking, modeled a desired future state for IT decision-making and recommend a uniform process for UW-Madison (the “Wisconsin model”) which was accepted by the AE Steering Committee and socialized broadly with the campus community.

Office 365
  • Updated: October 7, 2016

The entire campus — faculty, staff and students — moved to Office 365 for email and calendar near the end of 2015. Since the migration, users have been able to share schedules and resources, set meetings, and use cloud-based tools more efficiently with everyone on campus. For more details on the project, see the Transition site. This initiative continues… Continue Reading Office 365

Advanced Computing Initiative
  • Updated: December 9, 2015

The University of Wisconsin­-Madison Advanced Computing Initiative delivers a combination of shared computing resources and shared human resources to enable a broad range of researchers to improve their use of computers in their scholarly work. The successful outcome provides expertise, hardware, and software in the right ratio to empower the research mission of UW-­Madison through… Continue Reading Advanced Computing Initiative

Campus Computing Infrastructure
  • Updated: December 9, 2015

UW-Madison operates many campus data centers, server rooms dedicated to maintaining local information systems. An Administrative Excellence team was created to assess the current state of these centers, adopt industry standards for security, power and backup and consider ways to aggregate centers providing redundant services. The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide… Continue Reading Campus Computing Infrastructure


The CIO’s Office, in conjunction with other campus areas, has launched a process to track active IT projects on campus. Projects have a limited-term duration and can vary in scope and campus reach. All projects, regardless in size, are undertaken in support of delivering on the 2015-2019 Campus Strategic Framework, thereby furthering our mission of Teaching, Research and Outreach. Projects have unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.

Current Projects

IT Titling and Compensation Gap Analysis
This project will identify issues related to IT titling and compensation on the UW-Madison campus. While it is being done in preparation for the joint UW System/UW-Madison Title and Total Compensation Study, there are likely to be issues not dependent on the study which the project will convey to the appropriate stakeholders.

The UW-Madison is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and to discontinue campus support for D2L and Moodle by 2018.

Voice over IP (VoIP)
Coming soon.

For more information about projects, contact the Office of the CIO.