There are reservations within the University of California system about a plan to move IT work offshore and lay off employees.

After Computerworld wrote in September about the layoff plan at the university’s San Francisco campus, Larry Conrad, the associate vice chancellor for IT and CIO at the Berkeley campus, wrote a memo to IT staff about it.

He noted that some on his IT staff had seen the story and he wanted to respond.

“The UCSF effort is indeed an ambitious undertaking,” wrote Conrad in a memo obtained by Computerworld. “Candidly, I am not aware of any major university in the country which has successfully implemented such a substantive IT outsourcing initiative.”

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