The Data to Insights Initiative builds on decades of data and systems work at UT Austin to accelerate a path forward in support of the university’s strategic planning. It brings together Analytics expertise (formerly Institutional Analytics), Technical expertise (formerly Information Quest),and Functional expertise (drawn from both academic and administrative units). D2I relies on broad partnerships across the campus to achieve a new level of data integration to support data-informed, insightful decision making at all levels.
D2I is and will continue to work with many system and process leaders, technical staff. data stewards, data consumers, decision makers, and many others across campus. Processes will include formal collaborative work, partnering for specific charters, occasional topical D2I InfoShare briefings, and working with and updating UT governance groups along with communities of interest groups.
D2I is a major investment to not only accelerate and modernize the university’s data strategy, but also to enhance the institution’s trusted information infrastructure across many systems and data sources. This initiative is led by Brad Wheeler, chief strategist to the president for D2I.
How We Work
D2I works through Agile processes that include analytical, functional, technical, and other UT community members as we produce new Data Products and Data Hub spokes with reusable data sets. This work includes working with the UT community to create functional data definitions that can scale to many uses and help craft visualizations that support UT’s decision-making needs. We engage directly with the UT community to develop and sequence charters of work to achieve the university’s goals. Our major charters of work are prioritized in consultation with our executive sponsors.
Continuing D2I Services
The D2I team continues some essential operational services that previously were provided by Institutional Analytics and Information Quest.
The D21 Analytics team will continue to provide high-quality, nuanced,and timely data analytics to support the specialty needs of the Provost's Office and other campus leaders. These include routine and non-routine requests for descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis pertaining to Admissions, Faculty Affairs, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management.
The D21 Technical team will continue to operate legacy Information Quest services including the on-premise data warehouse, Cognos, IQDirect, REST, and other existing services under the supervision of the assistant vice president for Information Technology Services (ITS). UT is in the early stage of planning for the gradual service reduction, transition and retirement of legacy IQ services when those operational needs can be met through the data hub and other new tools. IQ services pages with alerts and news will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Enterprise Data Governance (EDG) Task Force has been charged with developing campus-wide recommendations to clarify and simplify how the campus governs access to university administrative data.
Contact D2I via e-mail at insights at utexas dot edu.