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A Brief Chronology of IT at UB

The origins of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) at UB date back roughly fifty years.

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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  


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