The origins of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) at UB
date back roughly fifty years.
Demand for “electronic brains” and “business
machines” grew during the 1960s, and staff devoted to
programming and operating the machines were hired and organized.
Eventually the science of computing became its own academic
pursuit, whereas the operational service and support of computing
grew into UB’s organized Information Technology Services
The introduction of the Internet vastly expanded the reach of
computing and information technology into almost every academic
discipline. Besides the ability to reach out globally to
instantly share and collaborate, vast improvements in processing
information created huge demand for integrating IT into every part
of UB’s mission.
A simple economic model explains information technology at UB
during the early 1990’s: demand vastly outstripped
available resources. In 1995, Vision ’99, UB’s
first comprehensive strategic plan for Computing & Information
Technology, called for doubling university expenditures in support
of IT, especially the expansion of IT staffing local to schools and
departments. The implementation of this plan developed the
distributed information technology organization that is UBIT