One I.S. vision

Our shared future for all IT at SFU requires unification of the vast and diverse array of people, processes, data, and technologies together into a seamless system. We refer to this vision for all Information Systems (I.S.) at the University as One I.S. Creating One I.S. requires integration of our core administrative systems, development of a single integrated teaching & learning ecosystem, and implementation of a unified research computing environment.

Integrating our administrative systems requires development of interfaces linking our independent PeopleSoft system silos and developing tools to ensure they work together as a single system. It means creating a shared database capability to ensure the University makes decisions based on a single source of the data truth.

We will integrate our various teaching and learning tools onto a set of consistent platforms that are tightly integrated. By using a consistent information system architecture, we will provide the best support possible to the University’s teaching and learning mission.

Improving service to our researchers starts with unifying our research computing environment into an understandable collection of services that are consistent, easy to find, and well supported. Our strategic emphasis to be the preeminent leader in Canadian research computing demands exceptional effort from IT Services.

To achieve this vision, close cooperation and collaboration across all information systems providers throughout the University is required. This vision of unified information systems also requires significant internal improvements within the IT Services organization. The core values defined in the next section are the principles that will drive these improvements.


Using the core values as a guide, we have developed a strategic framework and supporting plans for six distinct areas of focus to support SFU in realizing the One I.S. Vision.


Accelerate the pace of research and innovation, cultivate interdisciplinary and inter-university collaboration, and drive economic development.


Extend our academic reputation for education excellence through the advancement of our digital teaching and learning information systems ecosystem.


Provide tools, methods, and resources to enable collaboration, communication, and engagement with SFU’s broad span of internal and external communities.


Create a more engaged university by delivering a consistent client experience while minimizing the administrative burden of our mission related work.


Provide integrated, secure, and sustainable information systems as a foundation for enhancing SFU’s engagement goals.


Nurture a university-wide information systems community delivering services as a unified team that continously improves people, processes, and data to provide the best client service in the higher education community.