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Future of IT is bright, but it’s a long road to get there

Thanks to all of you who attended the NextGen Town Halls last month. It’s an exciting time for IT at the university. Some of the new IT Governance committees met for the first time this month to discuss our vision and some immediate decisions that we need to make.

Regaining Leadership in IT: NextGen Michigan

This multi-year strategy for employing state-of-the-art technology to advance the U-M mission has several components, including:

Approximately 280 faculty and staff attended NextGen Michigan town halls in February. Watch town hall recordings and read attendee feedback on the new NextGen Michigan website.

IT Rationalization targets new funding and service delivery model

First steps: Unit Assessment Project

The university is conducting a comprehensive assessment of information technology across campus.
This effort examines how IT is currently distributed and provided at the unit and campus level. An operational and financial inventory of each unit’s IT environment will be included in the final assessment report.
Read more about the list of units being assessed, as well as what the inventory will include.

The future of collaboration tools and other technologies
Focusing on services to support U

Enabling units to focus on technology that differentiates their school or college

Across the university, units should be encouraged and empowered to pursue the kinds of technologies that can help them attract the very best students and faculty, as well as further their academic mission (e.g. Digital Fab Lab at Taubman College). A few examples of work in this area include: Mobile Applications, Research Computing and Data Centers.