The mission of the
Office of the CIO's
Strategic Technology Acquisition (OCIOSTA) unit
is to enhance UC Berkeley's information technology environment
at the enterprise level
through the use of professional technology-acquisition practices.
OCIOSTA focuses on strategic technologies, products, and vendors,
which are those deemed critical to carrying out
UC Berkeley's mission of instruction,
research, and public service.
OCIOSTA provides direct support to campus managerial staff
who are responsible for strategic technology implementations,
works closely with Procurement Services,
and maintains ongoing contacts with major technology vendors.
OCIOSTA provides the following services
to acquisition sponsors and campus departments:
Conducts projects and analyses to derive better long term value
related to IT acquisition investments.
Participates in task forces appointed
to study and/or select technology solutions.
Collaborates in the development of solicitations (RFPs, RFQs, RFIs)
for the acquisition of information technology systems.
Collaborates in the evaluation of vendor bids arising from solicitations.
Reviews and negotiates contracts and pricing
for the acquisition of information technologies.
Collaborates with campus departments
in resolving serious difficulties
they may experience with key vendors.
Negotiates volume agreements, site licenses, and other technology agreements
for the campus that take advantage of economies of scale.
Serves as the primary campus representative on
UC systemwide Advisory Group on Technology Acquisition Support (TAS).
Develops and promotes policies, standards, practices, procedures, templates,
and other foundations of an effective technology acquisition process.
Hosts the BITS Forum listserv,
and ad hoc vendor presentations.