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 units.
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 today.
|Pre-1968||Academic Computing and Data Processing (business systems) are separate departments located in Goodyear and Hayes Hall, respectively
|1969||Office of Computing Services (OCS) is organized, reporting to the Office of the President and combines Academic Computing and Data Processing|
|1969||Computer Science formed as an academic department on Ridge Lea Campus
|1970||Office of Computing Services moves to Computing Center on Ridge Lea Campus
|1975||University Computing Services (UCS) formed from OCS|
|1985||UCS moves to Computing Center on North Campus|
|1986||Computing and Information Technology (CIT) is formed from UCS, Telecommunications and the Educational Communications Center (ECC)
|1992||Academic Services is formed through merger of Academic Computing and Educational Technology Services|
|1995||Distributed IT support “Nodes” formed as part of Vision '99 strategic plan|
|1998||Center for Computational Research (CCR) is formed and located in Norton Hall|
|1998||Chief Information Office is organized, comprised of CIT and University Libraries|
|2007||Center for Computational Research relocates to the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences on UB’s Downtown Campus|
|2010||CCR combines with CIT under the CIO responsibility area|
|2010||CIT re-organized into Network and Classroom Services (NCS), Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS), Enterprise Application Services (EAS), CCR, Information Security Office (ISO), IT Policy and Communications (ITPC) and Chief Information Office Administrative Operations Office (CIOAO)|
|2013||CCR joins the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
|2013||CIO becomes Vice Presidential position reporting to the President|