The EDUCAUSE Enterprise IT Advisory Committee discusses the focus on data in the 2019 Top 10 IT Issues list, as well as how the issues intersect with the role of enterprise IT in the digital transformation of higher education.
Josie DeBaere is the Director of Technology Architecture in Information Services and Technology at Boston University. In this capacity, Josie leads a group responsible for the strategic planning and technical design of infrastructure services including Web services and Virtual Hosting services. She serves on a cross-disciplinary Architecture Board in the development of a TOGAF-based Enterprise Architecture practice in IS&T and works closely with faculty and staff from all areas of the university to advise the CIO on strategic planning in computing infrastructure services.
Josie is a long-time member of the Boston University community which she joined after earning a B.Sc. in Honors Mathematics from McGill University. While a graduate student in the Mathematics and Computer Science departments, she worked in several capacities at the university: she worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Mathematics department and later as a Systems Programmer for the team doing custom development of VPS, the time-sharing system which served as the primary computing system for over 20,000 faculty, staff and student users until the mid-1990s. After earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science, she continued her tenure at Boston University in the Systems Programming department. Over the years, her contributions to Boston University’s computing environments have spanned a broad range and several generations of institutional resources, including the management of large-scale Unix-based email and computational platforms and key enterprise infrastructure systems and services.
Josie is also active in the community outside of Boston University. An alumna of the Winsor School in Boston, she served as the President of the Alumnae Association and on the School’s Board of Trustees. She also supported the Boston Biomedical Research Institute as a member of its Board of Trustees and held leadership positions on the Institute’s Finance Committee and Executive Committee.
IT organizations must become strategic partners in their institutions to support and further IT’s ongoing evolution.
IT systems in higher education house increasingly important institutional data across a growing complexity of systems and applications, requiring IT leaders to consider ways to integrate and leverage data as part of a mission-driven/client-centric approach to IT strategy.