IT Strategy Development

Technology is a core part of almost everything we do. For U-M, we see a future for how technology can be used by faculty, students, and staff to propel their missions even further. 

The IT Council published its first IT Strategic plan in 2012 to understand the university’s future and the implications for what was needed in our information technology. The development process involved a high level of engagement with U-M’s campuses to understand the university’s future and the implications for what is needed in our information technology. In all, well over 200 faculty, IT leaders, students, and administrative staff contributed to U-M’s first IT strategic plan, named “The Road to NextGen.”

Upon nearing the completion of NextGen Michigan in 2015, the CIO worked closely with U-M leadership and IT governance groups to finalize a new IT strategic plan for the next 3-5 years. 

The development of the 2016 IT Strategic Plan was guided by the following objectives:

  • Provide an aspirational future for the state of IT at the university (or how IT supports the mission).
  • Provide university-wide direction so that IT can identify “what’s next” in a simple and efficient manner.
  • Speed up institution-wide IT decision making processes.
  • Establish a guide for IT investments across the university.

The Office of the CIO would like to acknowledge the faculty, technology, and administrative leaders from across the university who endorsed and supported the development of the IT Strategic Plan. There were many individuals beyond these who provided guidance, feedback, and bold ideas through the planning process.

A Brief History of IT at U-M

Additional background on the use of technology at U-M can be found in the Bicentennial IT Historic Timeline, an interactive timeline produced as part of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial celebration in 2017.