Next Gen Network

Join a Next Gen Network discovery session this month

Compared to modern networks, the current UW–‍Madison computer network has challenges:

  • It isn’t future-ready.
  • It has technological, process, and workload management issues.
  • It isn’t easily positioned to support emerging research, teaching and learning networking trends.
  • It isn’t capable, long-term, of efficiently managing the increased traffic from more devices and new device types.

The solution? The Next Generation Network Strategic Initiative (“Next Gen” for short). The first phase of the initiative is all about discovery. And that’s where we’re asking for your help.

The Next Gen Network project team is holding a campus-wide analysis exercise during January 2020 that will feed into our development of a modern business-relevant network strategy. We need input from faculty, staff, and students, as well as IT staff, about how you use the network now and how you plan to use it in the future.

Upon completion of this exercise, we will provide IT leadership with a summary of the key networking projects, teams and investments you shared that are needed to re-architect a future-proof, secure contemporary campus network for UW–‍Madison’s wired, wireless and cloud enterprise network.

We need your participation!

Help us to ensure that the Next Gen Network strategy effectively addresses campus needs. 

  • We offer multiple sessions so you can attend one that’s convenient for you.
  • Snacks will be served!
  • Walk-ins are welcome.

The schedule

Host Where Room When
Brenda Spychalla School of Education Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Jan 9, 1:30-3pm
Ken Fanta Health Sciences Learning Center Room 3110, Pods B & D Jan 13, 1:30-3pm
Sathish Gopalrao Dejope Residence Hall 1110 Jan 14, 1:30-3pm
Kelly Bauman 21 N Park 1106 Jan 16, 9:30-11am
Jim Roberts Camp Randall Heritage Hall Jan 22, 1:30-3pm
Rob Kohlhepp Wendt Commons 305 Jan 23, 9:30-11am
Lee Conrad Memorial Union See TITU Jan 27, 9:30-11am
John Ford 333 E Campus Mall 11301 Jan 27, 1:30-3pm
Derek Cooper WID Orchard View Room, 3rd floor Jan 28, 9:30-11am

Sign up for a discovery session

We look forward to seeing you at one of the discovery sessions!

For questions, please contact Tamra Dagnon (608-263-2384,

—Next Gen Network Initiative Team