I&IT Web Development Strategic Plan, 2007-2012
Become the preferred provider of web technologies and web content services, and lead by example in all areas of the CPP Web.
Strategic Direction and Tactics
- Increase sustainability of the department and the Cal Poly Pomona Web by adhering to and promoting best practices and standards.
- Achieve full compliance with the goals of the Accessible Technology Initiative; bring about widespread use of universal design in web pages.
- Create and implement next-generation look and feel of CPP web pages.
- Promote ease of content creation through short-term use of Contribute, long-term selection of content management system(s).
- Adhere to W3 standards, serving only valid pages and feeds.
- In partnership with I&IT Systems, provide web platforms that meet campus needs.
- Institute automated metrics (server logs, etc.), as well as user testing and feedback for sites and applications.
- Begin all web design projects with business process analysis.
- Optimize staffing levels, institutionalize staff training, leverage mentored student assistants as part of project teams.
- Evaluate and implement web-based technologies to support the mission of the Division.
- Develop strategies for assessing whether expressed campus needs could be met with new technologies, and whether new technologies will engender or uncover campus needs.
- Develop strategies for rapidly evaluating and prototyping specific software or solutions to see if they meet campus needs.
- Improve accuracy and maintainability of the Cal Poly Pomona Web by encouraging data flow to web pages that relies on the effective use of information from authoritative sources.
- Promote the use of XML/RSS for data feeds; provide tools for reading the information into individual web pages.
- Work with I&IT Applications to restrict “shadow” databases (databases that wholly or partially duplicate the information in authoritative databases) to those populated only from scheduled feeds from authoritative sources.
- Develop a strategy for data integration, information gathering and distribution, and workflow through web applications.
- Work with campus stakeholders to investigate, select, adopt, and implement an infrastructure and specific applications for electronic workflow.
- Provide tools and web services to allow applications to rely on identity systems rather than user input for user-related information.
- Whenever possible, choose applications that use interoperable databases (primarily Oracle).