Consolidating the digital infrastructure and the staffing levels for IT is crucial for the further development and quality of research, teaching, and their administration.
Hence in 2021, the university management decided to amalgamate the central multimedia and IT services provided by the above-named organizational units – Center for Networks (ZfN), Center for Multimedia in Higher Education (ZMML), and Administrative Department 5 – under one new roof. The university management views this as a necessary structural development which is in line with contemporary developments and is also progressive and beneficial to the university as a whole.
When this process is finished, a central IT unit will have been created in which all staff work together in a highly satisfying environment to provide a professional and innovative service designed to meet the needs of its users. The development goals of the new unit are to
- enhance the transparency of services and responsibilities by means of a clearly defined, needs-oriented portfolio of services and clear support structures,
- improve collegial collaboration by means of standardized IT processes and by literally working side by side within the centralized IT hub,
- create more scope for development projects and the individual professional development of the IT staff.
The reorganization will be supervised by the President in close expert consultation with the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and monitored by the Staff Council. The President has commissioned a project team comprising the SPE Staff Unit and the Science Manager for Digital Transformation to undertake this work.
The process of reorganization is designed to be participatory. All staff in the organizational units concerned – ZMML, ZfN, and Administrative Department 5 – have the opportunity to contribute their experience and expertise to the analysis of the actual status and the planning of the new centralized IT unit. Following phases of planning (fall 2021), analysis (winter 2021-fall 2022) and conception (2023), gradual implementation will take place in 2024.