Although many of UC Irvine’s IT strategies have been pushed to the background during Covid, it hasn’t all been bad. “We’re taking the opportunity to organize ourselves horizontally and share information across our functions,” says Tom Andriola.
Leadership isn’t about being a charismatic performer; it’s about providing a clear, concise message about what’s important, getting buy-in, and asking each person to find their “one percent better,” said Tom Andriola.
Although the initial phases of an IT organization’s Covid-19 strategy – respond, recover, and reinforce – all play a critical role, the most important component is the fourth: reimagining technology’s impact on the future, says CIO Tom Andriola.
Although many technologies end up fizzling after a hot start, “within those flameouts are nuggets that stay with us and ultimately change the way we work, live, and interact,” says Tom Andriola, Vice Chancellor of Information, Technology and Data at UC Irvine.
The best way to manage an environment in which things are constantly changing, and there is no blueprint? With a dynamic, agile approach that includes frequent huddles, says Tom Andriola, Vice Chancellor of IT at UC Irvine.