About Michigan IT

Michigan IT is not a department, but a community. More than 2,600 IT staff work on all U-M campuses, schools and colleges, libraries, research institutes, Michigan Medicine, and administrative units. Hundreds more are in leadership and IT-related roles or have a strong interest in IT at U-M. See the list of campus IT providers.

The Michigan IT program is led by the Michigan IT Steering Committee and sponsored by the Office of the VPIT-CIO and the Michigan Medicine CIO to build community, foster skills & professional development, and enhance innovation across U-M’s IT professionals.

Vision

Collaboratively providing unparalleled IT services that constantly adapt to best meet evolving campus needs.

Community Guiding Principles

  • Align to university missions.
  • Be an open door to IT services.
  • Adopt common technology foundations.
  • Innovate for emergent needs.
  • Integrate common foundations and local innovations.
  • Collaborate, communicate, and communicate more.
  • Be curious, stay open, seek first to understand.
  • Seek and use common methodologies and standards.
  • Manage for greatness.
  • Steward resources wisely.

Branding & Templates

The Michigan IT brand falls under the umbrella of the overarching U-M guidelines. U-M IT staff may use the Michigan IT wordmark as appropriate in the course of Michigan IT sponsored activities.

Background

In 2012, a team of university leaders engaged with the IT community for the purpose of defining a strategic vision with an emphasis on mission-aligned services. This led the publication of a planning report incorporating more than 380 recommendations from the IT community, and Michigan IT's inclusion in the university’s IT Strategic Plan.

A program of initiatives followed, including an intensive on-campus leadership development program for over 100 top IT leaders and managers, an annual universitywide IT Symposium including over one hundred posters and dozens of presentations showcasing the best of Michigan IT, dozens of peer-led communities of practice organized around very specific and strategically aligned IT topics, an annual hackathon to enable rapid cross-campus creativity on pressing needs, and more.