CDO announces new organization to support digital transformation

Business Core Systems and IT@UC merge to form Digital Technology Solutions

University of Cincinnati Vice President and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Bharath Prabhakaran revealed the name of the new organization he leads at UC — Digital Technology Solutions — at a fall celebration for his staff on Sept. 13.

UC Bearcat with chief digital officer Bharath Prabhakaran

UC President Neville Pinto recently appointed Bharath Prabhakaran as CDO and leader of a new organization that merges the talents and focus of two existing units, Business Core Systems (BCS) and IT@UC.

The CDO invited all BCS and IT@UC employees to submit a short, descriptive name to better reflect the objective of the consolidated organization — to empower the university’s digital transformation through teamwork, collaboration and partnership with our business partners and excellent customer service.

Out of the 70 names suggested, three made it to the final vote. Staff selected Digital Technology Solutions (DTS) as the winning entry and the new name of the combined organization.

“Our new organization aligns the two groups that support the central IT services that students, faculty, and staff depend on to teach, learn, and conduct university business,” said Prabhakaran. “Working as one unit, we build a strong foundation for the university’s digital transformation.”  

President Pinto addressing Digital Technology Solutions staff from the podium in TUC's Great Hall

Prabhakaran emerged as the top candidate following a national search and comes to UC from the University of North Texas System, where he served as deputy chief information officer and associate vice chancellor of enterprise applications. He reports to President Pinto and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

“I hope it excites you to realize that you will be integral to our digital transformation,” said Pinto in his remarks to DTS staff. “I’m confident that Bharath is the innovative and agile leader UC needs to guide us through our digital transformation initiative.”

UC Bearcat visiting Digital Technology Solutions staff seated at tables in TUC's Great Hall

Prabhakaran and the new Digital Technology Solutions team are committed to customer service excellence as they continue to evolve as an organization.

“You may still see ‘Business Core Systems’ and ‘IT@UC’ on our websites or on signs around campus while we formally change our name to Digital Technology Solutions (DTS),” said Prabhakaran. “But we are on our way as one team that supports, strengthens, streamlines, and enhances the university’s portfolio of centrally supported IT services.”