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2012 - 2013 District Computing Services - Technical Services District Program Review
Jeremy Sims
Jeremy Sims

Version: 10
Group: 2012 - 2013
Type: District Program Review
Last Modified On: 3/18/2013 1:55:05 PM
Last Modified By: Jeremy Sims
State: Submitted (Finalized)
State By: Jeremy Sims

Instructions

1. Mission

  1. Assume the reader knows nothing about your unit. Please describe concisely its mission.

Enhance the educational experience by providing and supporting technology.

2. Description

  1. Please describe concisely the following characteristics of your unit. Feel free to use both narrative and quantitative information.
    1. Purpose
    2. Functions or services
    3. Clientele(s)
    4. Value of your services to the clientele(s), the Colleges, and the District
    5. Organizational structure and number of personnel by function
    6. Annual budget by object code for the last three years
    7. Hours of operation, location, and other pertinent service characteristics
    8. Significant changes, if any, since the last program review

DCS Technical Services (DCSTS):
The DCS Technical Services team plans, organizes, manages and controls the activities involved in the design, development and installation of data and information processing systems, including Wide Area Networking, and telecommunications. DCSTS also manages the deployment, maintenance, support and upgrade of servers, desktop PCs (district offices only), network hardware, software, operating systems and printers. DCSTS is responsible for developing and implementing server/network systems and data security systems that will provide stability, detection, prevention, containment and deterrence mechanisms to protect and maintain the integrity of data files throughout the district. DCSTS implements solutions to ensure optimum cost-effective utilization of computing and network technology to satisfy the District’s needs and objectives.

DCSTS staff of 3 Senior Technology Support Specialists and 2 Telecommunication Specialists support all district and campus faculty and staff through data technology design, development, installation, support and maintenance. This support team is based out of the District Annex while also working on site at each of the 3 other locations. This support is ongoing with many of its functions happening 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The Database Administrator position has been removed from DCS since last years program review. The job functions have been rolled up to the Senior Technology Support Specialists.

  • See attachments for annual budget.

3. Outcomes and Other Measures of Effectiveness

  1. Identify at least one essential measure of effectiveness for each major operation of the unit. (See Effectiveness Measurement Guidelines and Examples.)
  2. Include at least one baseline measure or measure of progress on a well-defined outcome.
  3. Include at least one measure showing effectiveness in responding to the Colleges’ needs.
  4. For each measure, identify the assessment method you used.
  5. Please summarize the results of the measures you have applied. If results showing trends over time are available, please report them.

Refer to supporting documents:

  • Measures Tech Servcies.docx - Effectivness measures of the objectives of Tech Services
  • Ping_Availibility.xlsx -- This document shows the up time for all associated servers in the district.
  • Avg Resolution Time.xlsx - Helpdesk survey on service quality of the employees of Tech Services
  • Avg_response_Time.xlsx - Helpdesk survey on response time of the employees of Tech Services

4. External Opportunities and Challenges

  1. Describe any external opportunities that might lead to unit improvement over the next three to five years.
  2. Describe any external challenges (e.g., legal requirements, budgetary constraints) that might limit operations or improvement over the next three to five years.

1. Challenges
    a. Funding for:
        i. Training
        ii. Staff growth
        iii. Long term support costs on current technologies
    b. Unknown emerging technologies
    c. End of life support to technologies
    d. Vendors communication and cooperation in getting us the services we require
2. Opportunities
    a. Infrastructure upgrades and replacement through Bond funds
    b. As new technologies standardize they become more affordable
    c. The growing network of California Community Colleges and associated conferences
    d. Online training
 

5. Analysis and Evaluation

  1. Analyze the implications of the assessment results and external factors for your unit.
  2. In light of your analysis, what are your unit’s main strengths?
  3. In light of your analysis, what are your unit’s main weaknesses?

1. Weaknesses
    a. Helpdesk
        i. User community does not know who the helpdesk represatatives are
            1. User community does not have any type of personal relationship with the helpdesk as they are an outsourced company.
        ii. Inconsistent service
        iii. Long response time
        iv. Long hold time
        v. Helpdesk reps are unable to help
        vi. User's inability to submit helpdesk requests via e-mail
    b. A lack of communication with users on what services we provide
        i. No communication on the differentiation between Distributed Education, Technology Services and Administrative Services
        ii. No communication on the differentiation between DCS Technology Services and Campus Technology Services
    c. Lack of user opportunity for Input on changes
2. Strengths
    a. Knowledgeable technicians
    b. Technicians are helpful and courteous
    c. Technicians resolve issues
     d. TESS Committees
     e. Catalog of services
     f. Communication plan
 

6. Three-to-Five Year Vision

  1. Describe your unit as you would like it to be three to five years from now.

1. Fully updated Server\Network\Security infrastructure to support a 99.9% uptime of district services:
    a. Complete infrastructure upgrade\replacement
        i. All Server\Network\Security hardware and software upgraded or replaced to current technology
        ii. Main Distribution Frame(MDF)\Independant Distribution Frame(IDF) cleanup and organization
2. Funded training program for technicians to stay up to date with current technology
3. A cohesive working environment with campus technology groups
4. Published and enforced Security policy
5. Revised acceptable use policy
6. Funded and implemented hardware and software replacement plan
    a. Documentation of all Hardware\Software
7. Staffing growth model
 

7. Impact on the Colleges and the District

  1. Describe the most significant relationships with other District operations and College operations.
    1. What major impact does your unit have on them?
    2. .What major impact do they have on your unit?
  2. How do your mission, vision, and goals contribute to the Board Imperatives and the District and/or College mission, vision, strategic directions, and/or goals?

1. Our impact on the colleges and district
    a. Install, maintain and support current technologies that support critical business processes for all college and district departments
        i. Data\Voice Network and associated applications
        ii. E-mail
        iii. Internet
        iv. Threat protection
    b. Recommend and review new technologies to improve current business processes for all college and district departments
2. Colleges and district impact on us
    a. New business unit technology recommendations from all departments
    b. District committees review and recommendations of current and new technologies and Information technology practices
 


 

8. Other Pertinent Information

  1. Include here any other information you regard as necessary for a full understanding of your unit.

None

9. Goals, Objectives, Action Plans, and Resource Requests

  1. Goals (with priority rank) over the next three years
  2. Objectives (with priority rank) under each Goal
  3. Principal Activities under each Objective, if available
  4. Timeline for completion of each Activity or Objective
  5. Person responsible for ensuring completion of each Activity or Objective
  6. Progress on or achievement of a given Goal or Objective does not necessarily require additional resources. For Goals and Objectives that do require resources, enter the following information:
    1. Resources required to achieve Goals and Objectives over the next three years, with description and rationale for each
    2. Identification of associated Goals or Objectives
    3. Type of Resource
      1. Expenditure Category
      2. One-time/Ongoing
    4. Estimated annual cost (or savings) for the next three years
  • 1 - Goal - Provide a secure and stable computing environment for the district and colleges.

    2. Goal - Provide a secure and stable computing environment for the district and colleges
         

    Priority Rank:
    1
    Objectives:
    • 1.1 - Objective - Implement hardware and software standards for network infrastructure.

      Objective –  Implement hardware and software standards for network infrastructure.

      Priority Rank:
      1
      Start Date:
      11/01/2010
      End Date:
      06/30/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Actions/Activities:
      • 1.1.a1 - Deploy Switches

        Deploy the recently purchased Extreme switches. This is the final phase of the network infrastructure upgrade. This will be replacing the current Cisco switches that are 3 to 10 years old.

        Start Date:
        03/11/2013
        End Date:
        06/30/2014
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy Sims
    • 1.2 - Objective - Create the district security policy

      Objective – Review, update and or create the District Security Policy. This will be handled through the district Technical Services DETS Committee.

      Priority Rank:
      11
      Start Date:
      01/03/2011
      End Date:
      12/31/2013
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Actions/Activities:
      • 1.2.a1 - TESS Technical Services Committee

        The TESS Technical Services Committee has been assigned to write the districts security policy.  

        Start Date:
        09/03/2012
        End Date:
        09/30/2013
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy SIms
    • 1.3 - Objective - Implement mechanisms that will aid in the identification and prevention of abuse in sbccd networks.

      Objective – Implement mechanisms that will aid in the identification and prevention of abuse in SBCCD networks and computer systems

      Priority Rank:
      3
      Start Date:
      05/11/2011
      End Date:
      06/30/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Actions/Activities:
      • 1.3.a1 - Switch Security

         

        We will be implementing different security features of the new extreme switches that will help aid in the prevention of data security breaches. 

        Start Date:
        01/01/2013
        End Date:
        01/01/2014
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy Sims
  • 2 - Goal - Provide technologies that are cohesive across all service areas of the district.

    1. Goal - Provide technologies that are cohesive accross all services areas of the district

    Priority Rank:
    5
    Objectives:
    • 2.1 - Objective - Implement a single wireless standard for both colleges and the district

      Objective – Implement the wireless standard at both colleges and the district.

      Priority Rank:
      4
      Start Date:
      06/01/2011
      End Date:
      11/30/2013
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Actions/Activities:
      • 2.1.a1 - Wireless

        Implement Extreme and Fortinet wireless solution at the colleges and district. These implementations will allow for a standard access method to the wireless networks at all for district wide locations.

        Start Date:
        02/01/2013
        End Date:
        11/30/2013
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy Sims
  • 3 - Goal - Establish an effective support system to empower district and college users to effectively report and resolve technology issues.

    3. Goal- Establish an effective support system to empower district and college users to effectively report and resolve technology issues.
      

    Priority Rank:
    6
    Objectives:
    • 3.1 - Objective - Work closely with help-desk management to improve response times and expand 1st call resolution options.

      Objective – Work closely with with Helpdesk management to improve response times and expand 1st call resolution options.

      Priority Rank:
      7
      Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      End Date:
      06/30/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Actions/Activities:
      • 3.1.a1 - Weekly Meetings

        Continue to meet weekly with the helpdesk manager to ensure SLAs are meet and to discuss strategies for improved customer service.

        Start Date:
        01/01/2013
        End Date:
        01/01/2014
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy Sims
    • 3.2 - Objective - Work with the TESS managers to reevaluate our help desk solution in order to insure we are providing the best solution to our users.

      Objective – Work with TESS managers to reevaluate Helpdesk solution in order to insure we are providing the best solution to our users.

      Priority Rank:
      8
      Start Date:
      01/01/2013
      End Date:
      01/01/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Resource Requests:
      • 3.2.r1 - Helpdesk Techs
        Description

        Hire 2 Computer Technicians to handle the helpdesk calls and ticketing.

        Rationale

        Brining the helpdesk in house will require additional staff to answer phone calls and triage helpdesk tickets.

        Resource Type:
        Ongoing
        Expenditure Category:
        Personnel
        First Year Cost/Savings:
        $130,000.00/$0.00
        Second Year Cost/Savings:
        $90,000.00/$0.00
        Third Year Cost/Savings:
        $100,000.00/$0.00
      Actions/Activities:
      • 3.2.a1 - Bring help-desk in house

        Start the process of brining the helpdesk in house. This will involve:

        • hiring and training of staff
        • Implementing helpdesk ticketing system
        • Creating processes for helpdesk tasks
        • Marketing new helpdesk to users
        • creating telephony infrastructure to support helpdesk
        Start Date:
        01/01/2013
        End Date:
        01/01/2014
        Responsible Person:
        Jeremy Sims

10. Progress Report on Last Cycle's Goals, Objectives, and Actions

  1. Estimate progress to date on each of the last cycle’s Goals, Objectives, and Activities.
  2. Any uncompleted Goals, Objectives, and Activities that are still important should appear in the Goals, Objectives, and Action Plans section above.
  • 1 - Goal - Computing Environment
    Priority Rank:
    1
    Objectives:
    • 1.1 - Objective - Implement a single wireless standard for both colleges and the district
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      Original End Date:
      05/31/2011
      Revised Start Date:
      03/04/2013
      Revised End Date:
      11/30/2013
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Underway
      Progress Description:

      The new wireless controllers have been purchased and are in the process of being setup

  • 2 - Goal - Computing Environment
    Priority Rank:
    1
    Objectives:
    • 2.1 - Objective - Implement hardware and software standards for network infrastructure
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      Original End Date:
      06/30/2013
      Revised Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      Revised End Date:
      06/30/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Underway
      Progress Description:

      We have completed the following:

      • Server virtualization standards
      • Firewall standards
      • SAN standards
      • New building audio and visual/information technology standards document
      • External DNS standards

      The following is underway:

      • Switching standards
    • 2.2 - Objective - Create the district security policy
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      02/01/2012
      Original End Date:
      02/01/2013
      Revised Start Date:
      01/01/2013
      Revised End Date:
      01/01/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Planned but not yet firmly scheduled
      Progress Description:

      The TESS Technical services committee is responsible for the creation of the district security policy. 

    • 2.3 - Objective - Implement mechanisms that will aid in the identification and prevention of abuse in sbccd networks
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      Original End Date:
      06/30/2013
      Revised Start Date:
      02/01/2011
      Revised End Date:
      06/30/2014
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Underway
      Progress Description:

      We will be implementing different security features of the new extreme switches that will help aid in the prevention of data security breaches. 

  • 3 - Goal - Support System
    Priority Rank:
    1
    Objectives:
    • 3.1 - Objective - Work closely with the help-desk management to improve response times and expand 1st call resolution options
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      07/01/2011
      Original End Date:
      06/30/2012
      Revised Start Date:
      06/01/2012
      Revised End Date:
      06/30/2013
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Underway
      Progress Description:

      This has been and will be ongoing for the life of the helpdesk contract with Blackboard Student Services.

    • 3.2 - Objective - Work with TESS managers to reevaluate our help desk solution in order to insure we are providing the best solution to our users.
      Priority Rank:
      1
      Original Start Date:
      07/01/2011
      Original End Date:
      06/30/2012
      Revised Start Date:
      07/01/2012
      Revised End Date:
      06/30/2013
      Responsible Person:
      Jeremy Sims
      Strategic Direction:
      None
      Impact Type:
      -- Pick One --
      Status Code:
      Work is Underway
      Progress Description:

      This is a yearly evalution that we perform to ensure the helpdesk is meeting our needs.

11. Process and Participants

  1. Describe briefly the main steps of the process that produced this report.
  2. List the name and function of each participant in that process.
  3. Include as many members of the unit as possible in the preparation and/or review of this document. It should not be the product of the manager alone or of a small proportion of unit members.
  4. Describe the plan for future assessment cycles, particularly if not all measures were applied in current cycle.

A survey was sent out to all district and college users asking them to provide their input into certain areas of DCS Technical Services. Jeremy Sims reviewed the survey results and updated the plan accordingly with input from the following participants.

Participants

  1. Jeremy Sims - Team Leader
  2. James Harris - Group Participant
  3. Jon Kyle - Group Participant
  4. Dennis Carmichael - Group Participant
  5. Laz Mascarenhas - Group participant
     


 

12. Supporting Documents