Organizations and user groups

To better represent our core missions of teaching and learning, research, and service, UW–‍Madison’s IT community engages with a variety of organizations and groups. If you know of a campus tech users group that might be added to the list, please send your suggestion to the feedback link.

Big Ten Academic Alliance

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Among Big Ten Academic Alliance’s several Executive Leadership groups is one of Chief Information Officers (CIOs). The CIOs sponsor many Big Ten Academic Alliance Peer Groups that bring together IT-related staff and others across the Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to share ideas and best practices and to collaborate on projects.

Coalition of Academic Scientific Computing

We also belong to CASC. Founded in 1989, CASC advocates the use of advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery.

Common Solutions Group

We are also members of CSG, which was formed to advance the overall effectiveness of research university IT functions through collaboration, rather than to differentiate them competitively. The current CSG comprises 29 of America’s most prestigious research universities, both public and private, and includes EDUCAUSE and Internet2 as consortium members.


A large national group whose mission is to “advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.” The UW–‍Madison is one of 66 Participating Representatives for EDUCAUSE, and our faculty and staff attend and present at conferences, serve on constituent groups, and participate on membership committees.

Higher Education Users Group

HEUG is an international group of institutions that use application software from the Oracle Corp. HEUG facilitates interaction among members, including UW–‍Madison, and serves as a unified voice to Oracle for the higher education community.

IMS Global Learning Consortium

IMS Global is a non-profit member collaborative inventing the future of educational and learning technology. IMS enables a plug & play architecture and ecosystem that provides a foundation on which innovative products are rapidly deployed and work together.


Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the U.S. research and education community. It provides a revolutionary-class IP and optical network and advanced technologies that enable services and achievements beyond the scope of individual institutions.

League of Professional System Administrators

This chapter aims to facilitate building a community of local contacts for us to share our experiences, solutions, tips and techniques on addressing technical and professional issues we encounter.


The USENIX Association brings together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world.

Wisconsin VMware User Group

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.