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Future Roadmap

“There is a pervasive feeling that the future has already arrived. In fact, there are three futures that we have to contend with: the ‘contemporary future’, the ‘visible and the predictable future’ and the ‘distant and unpredictable future.’”

From “The Higher Education Summit: Roadmap for the Future”
President John L. Hennessy et al.

Our longer-term strategic directions

Access and Mobility

  • Offer multiple tiers of authenticated access based on your Stanford identity and managed device
  • Broaden mobile device coverage and increase integration of Stanford/vendor cellular networks


  • Ensure that cloud services provide an experience that is tailored to you while protecting your privacy and personal data
  • Ensure that all University computing needs can be met through off-campus solutions, minimizing or eliminating any IT disruption in the event of an on campus disaster
  • Provide an ability to replicate and share research data
  • Establish elastic and geo-diverse storage and computing models
  • Deliver highly energy-efficient physical, virtual and cloud-based alternatives for campus clients in order to reduce or eliminate their need for local server rooms
  • Provide a specialized research computing datacenter facility that supports extremely high-density computing and data storage capacity, and directly supports investigators’ future modeling and data analysis requirements
  • Continue to integrate medical support systems and unified communications systems to improve the efficiency and collaboration of Stanford Medicine physicians, faculty, nurses, and staff


  • Provide 24x7x365 continuous support by consolidating all IT Support Desks
  • Merge collaboration technology, interface design, support channels, and knowledge bases within IT interactions to create user experiences that enable the academic mission of the University
  • Identify and provide the appropriate suite of services to support emerging on-line pedagogical models, as recommended by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology in Higher Education