IT Governance

IT governance is a means to ensure effective and efficient use of resources and capabilities across U-M in order to meet the goals of the university. Formal IT governance is performed by the IT Council and a collection of advisory and governance committees and groups.

Strategic Governance

Strategic Governance focuses on strategic alignment and prioritization of investments. It helps ensure that IT is working on the most important projects for the university and that appropriate resources are allocated to different areas. These currently include:

  • University IT Executive Committee (ITEC) is an enterprise-wide (academic and Michigan Medicine campus) strategy and priority setting group that includes the Provost, CFO, VP Research, EVP of Medical Affairs, Chair IT Council, and VPIT-CIO.
  • IT Council is an enterprise-wide (academic and Michigan Medicine campus) advisory group to the VPIT-CIO. The group is organized by domain (research, teaching, health care, knowledge preservation, administration, security) and includes deans, faculty, administrators, IT leaders, and students.
  • Unit IT Steering Committee is a subset of IT leaders from the schools, colleges, and administrative offices charged with providing campus leadership for the IT community, making strategic recommendations to the IT Council, setting priorities for development of enterprise services and infrastructure, and facilitating collaboration across units.
  • Administrative Domain Advisory Committee (ADAC) convenes domain stewards from across the university to help prioritize and provide guidance on IT investments that support U-M administrative functions.
  • ARC Advisory Team (ARCAT) consists of faculty from across the university to guide policy for ARC-TS.

Service Governance

Service Governance focuses on current services from a user perspective. It helps ensure enterprise services are meeting quality and cost expectations, and are achieving expected adoption levels.

Program/Project Governance

Program/Project Governance is temporarily organized around a specific program or project to provide oversight to ensure it meets budget, schedule, scope, quality, and delivery objectives. This governance also provides sponsorship for changes to a program or project and are the escalation mechanism for issues and risks. This currently includes:

  • EIAM Steering Committee represents all campuses and mission areas oversees the implementation of the EIAM roadmap to ensure visibility, alignment, and program success.

Data Governance

Data Governance focuses on managing, protecting, and classifying university data as one of its most important institutional assets. It helps ensure that there is appropriate accountability for maintaining data quality and integrity.

Additional Advisory Groups

  • Information Technology Committee. As the voice of faculty, this Senate Assembly committee advises and consults with the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer on policy and procedure issues related to the broad range of university activities.
  • IT Commons consists of IT decision-makers from units, schools and colleges that meets to build community across IT providers, share experiences, and provide a collective IT perspective in support of the academic mission.
  • IT Security Community consists of Security Unit Liaisons and others with delegated security roles within units. Infrastructure Assurance (IA) uses this group to communicate and interact with those across the university who coordinate information security activities within their units.
  • ITS Unit Liaison (UL) Program consists of members of the U-M administrative computing community who are appointed by their department. It provides a communications link between the U-M academic and administrative departments they represent; the central office data stewards; and ITS staff who develop, maintain, and support the M-Pathways systems.
  • ITS Unit Representatives group brings together IT and administrative leaders from U-M organizations with ITS project leads to prepare units, and the university as a whole, for new IT services. The group is charged with identifying important organizational and transition issues associated with new IT services.
  • Student Administration Advisory Groups ensure that the strategic and tactical plans of ITS Student Administration align with U-M's mission, goals, and administrative needs.