Next Gen² Network Discovery Exercise Updates

Charged with ensuring UW-Madison’s computer network is responsive to our instructional, research, business and operational needs, the Next Gen² Network team continues to meet with various audiences collecting information about needs and trends in network usage.

The first phase of the initiative includes extensive data gathering from UW–Madison campus and our peer institutions, which will be analyzed and be presented later this year to IT leadership for consideration in planning and implementation. Completed so far in 2020:

  • During January, we held nine face-to-face discovery sessions at locations across UW–Madison’s campus. The collected input of more than 100 attendees will be analyzed to identify current strengths of the campus wired, wireless, wide-area, and cloud enterprise networks as well as current challenges and future needs.
  • A virtual discovery session is planned for those who were unable to attend a campus discovery session in person.
  • UW–Madison technical staff visited the University of Michigan to learn about their current network services and future road map.
  • Staff also held virtual meetings with Oregon State University and the University of Minnesota. A trip to Rutgers University is planned for the end of February and plans are underway for a virtual visit with University of California at Berkeley.
  • Staff also visited the GlobalNOC (Network Operations Center) at Indiana University for assistance with network services planning to specifically address research and educational needs.

We continue to collect input on networking needs and preferences and would like to hear from you!

Please complete this survey to share how you use the computer network (including wired, wireless, LAN, and cloud enterprise connections) and what you think would make us better.