Over the past quarter century, web technologies have grown organically at UofT. In anticipation of that milestone, last year ACT began an analysis of our enterprise web hosting services. We determined that our current enterprise web hosting services are out of date and don’t reflect current needs and the way in which divisional web services have developed at our University. We also recognized that cyber risk and protecting our websites from cyber attacks needed to be more of a priority.
To move us forward, we have begun working towards a Next Generation of Enterprise Web Services. But we are not re-inventing the wheel. The services we are proposing are based on contemporary best practices, and we’ve already shown the benefits of this with the migration of the University’s main webspace through our strategic partnership with Digital Creative Services (formerly Strategic Communications). Now we need to move the rest of the enterprise web space.
Moving forward, we want to move away from sites that do not use standardized software or controls as the default. We want to make sure clients have access to vetted and tested technologies. That plugins and themes are patched in timely ways. We want to make sure new functionality can be rolled out easily but in a managed way, and as an enterprise service, we want to move away from building custom websites, working with our divisional partners to provide those kinds of context-specific services.
At the same time, we want to ensure that clients that need to do more high-risk activities, like collecting personal information or selling things online, have a way to do that in a highly secure environment.
The advisory group does not have governance or operational responsibilities. Operational responsibilities, including formal strategic planning, continue to reside with the Academic & Collaborative Technologies group collaborating with divisional operations groups, and governance will continue to follow the normal governance processes in place. Advice from this group is given to the Project Lead – the ACT Manager for Projects & Development – and in turn, to the Director of ACT, the CIO, and up to the executive sponsor, VPUO.
Teddy Cameron, Post-Graduate Medical Education
Sam Chan, Discovery Commons
Michelle Cortes, Digital Creative Services
Caroline De Angelis, Bloomberg Nursing
Andrew Egan, University of Toronto Scarborough
Joseph Ferenbok, Faculty of Medicine
Steven Green, Digital Creative Services
Bilal Khalid, University of Toronto Libraries
Nancy Okada, Student Life
Mike Serafin, University of Toronto Mississauga
Heeyeon Song, Biomedical Communications
Court Van Beek, Discovery Commons
Cheryl Ziegler, Student Life
Peter Cheung, NGEWS Project Lead