Our Initiatives

Portfolio Management Project

Beginning in summer 2020, UIS (the Office of the CIO) developed a process for submitting, reviewing, tracking, and managing IT projects. The process was developed in order to:

  • Promote equity and transparency among our stakeholders by employing the same selection criteria and review procedure across all submissions.
  • Ensure agreed upon project outcomes and success criteria.
  • Define roles and responsibilities of all involved parties.
  • Develop an “intake” process for submitting proposed projects in order to establish requirements (e.g., executive sponsorship, funding, sufficient resources from requester) for successful review of the proposal.
  • Properly evaluate and approve projects—determine the impact of projects to the university community and to the university’s computing infrastructure, and whether the proposed project is aligned with university business needs and objectives.
  • Develop a method for UIS leadership to set priorities for new work (e.g., “fast track” urgent IT work) and review requests for new work, as well as to communicate this roadmap to stakeholders.
  • Track and manage projects, as well as the resources needed for each project, in the IT project portfolio, using an Integrated Master Schedule.

GU-Verizon WiFi Network Upgrade (Georgetown-Verizon Partnership)

Georgetown University is partnering with Verizon on a multi-year project to upgrade the university’s WiFi infrastructure. This upgrade will result in a significant overall improvement in Internet coverage across campus, including increased capacity in areas of high WiFi usage, faster WiFi connection speeds, better coverage in areas that have traditionally experienced less reliable coverage, and the ability to handle more connections.

Click here for more information about the Georgetown-Verizon upgrade project.

GU360 (Georgetown-Salesforce Partnership)

GU360 is Georgetown’s implementation of the state-of-the-art Salesforce platform, which is the leading Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system. The goal of GU360 is to build a “connected campus”, providing the campus community with a “360 degree-view” of what’s happening at Georgetown.

The GU360 project is a multi-year effort that has involved partnering closely with many departments and individuals to discuss how GU360 can meet their needs.

GU360 is currently comprised of the following:

  • Hoya360. Student-focussed portal that enables students to engage with fellow students, faculty members, deans, academic advisors, and others both within and outside Georgetown. Hoya360 also enables faculty members, deans, and academic advisors to more fully engage with their students. 
  • GUFaculty360. Portal for faculty members to create profiles, share academic work and research with colleagues, 

Google Cloud Platform (Georgetown-Google Partnership)

This is a significant strategic partnership between Georgetown and Google that will provide Google technology services to the university. Georgetown is among the first (if not the first) higher education institution to enter into such an agreement with Google, who is new to the higher education environment. 

Google provide additional training (GCP, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence), products, services, engineering expertise, and a discount for using GCP (57% discount).

Among the goals of this partnership is to create a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing platform to advance cutting-edge research at Georgetown, enable Georgetown to be an innovator in the adoption of emerging and developing technologies such as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and accelerate the university’s move to “the cloud” with such services as Google Cloud Platform (GCP).