Innovation at MSU
“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft
Innovation requires us to push our boundaries to the next level. It compels us to use our considerable skills and talents to look beyond the way we currently work and to envision new systems and processes. Innovation can only be driven by removing obstacles that require too much of our IT professionals’ time. By freeing our IT staff to use their time to innovate, we empower them to create new ways to enable faculty, researchers, and students to fulfill the academic and research mission of MSU.
We want our IT professionals to enable researchers to find new ways and means to manipulate data to solve complex problems. Bolder IT at MSU takes ideas and transforms them into a strategic plan to strengthen, align, and innovate MSU’s IT environments. We’ve already seen this strategy succeed with the creation of the new MSU Data Center that provides the MSU community with a state of the art data facility, the achievement of the Student Success Predictive Analytics program that helps advisors work closely with students so our Spartans can succeed, and the upcoming upgrade of the MSU Data Analytics platform, which enables the Student Success initiative.
The success of these Bolder IT projects shows us that we are only limited by our ability to think creatively about the needs of the academic community and the time we have to transform those ideas into solutions.
#TeamMSUIT, if you had the time, how would you use your technology skills to innovate at MSU? Let me know on Twitter @McCurdy_Rob.