Erik Lundberg was Director of the Computer Science Laboratory at the University of Washington for 30 years, and prior to that was involved in early efforts to develop database and statistical analysis systems for clinical research. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Computing and Strategy at the University of Washington, where he oversees campus-wide research computing, including data science, cloud and high performance computing platforms, as well as researcher facilitation. He also oversees the Enterprise Architecture program, is responsible for IT strategic planning and the supporting strategy management practice, as well as the Project Management Office, technology business continuity, vendor relations, and strategic and cloud sourcing efforts. He is involved in IT governance, and is responsible for service portfolio and project portfolio management, as well as IT investment oversight and policy development and compliance across the university. He has also successfully overseen implementation of ITIL and service management processes and best practices. Erik provides active leadership in cloud computing, including strategy, enablement and contracting, and is a founding member of the Internet2 NET+ Cloud Services Working Group.
One of the common justifications for moving to cloud services is cost savings, but the data are often insufficient to support such claims due to the inherent challenges in effectively identifying and comparing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for both cloud-based and on-premises fulfillment of IT services.
This ECAR case study from the University of Washington discusses the key findings of the University of Washington “Conversations with UW Researchers” project and the UW 2008 Faculty Survey on Learning and Scholarly Technologies.