IT Capital Investment and Shared Service Approval Process

Cathy Curley explains the IT Capital Investment process at U-M. (August 2011)


The annual IT Capital Investment and Shared Service Approval process allows the IT Governance committees to review and compare information technology requests collectively instead of on a case-by-case basis. IT Investment requests for FY16 are due by Friday, September 12, 2014.

This IT planning process is for the Ann Arbor campus:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Administrative units
  • Centers and institutes

This process is used both when a unit has the funding and when they need to request funding. While having the appropriate funding in place is a vital component of preparing a successful proposal, there are a number of other factors and dependencies that must be considered when a unit implements a technology solution. A unit should use the IT Capital Investment and Shared Services Approval when they are planning:

  • Any information technology investment greater than $1 million—total dollar amount includes all university costs
  • New or enhanced IT Shared Service ideas (An IT Shared Service is defined as providing an IT service to more than one campus or administrative unit.)

This annual approach has many benefits. It will:

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  • Ensure U-M's limited resources are used to support the most important IT needs and the best ideas
  • Provide a way to view funding needs over multiple years
  • Align IT expenditures with the U-M strategic direction so that we remain competitive—for assistance with strategic direction, email
  • Foster more unit collaboration
  • Help us better provide next generation technology that addresses multiple unit needs
  • Determine if the enterprise systems and the shared infrastructure can properly support a unit's solution
  • Integrate and/or align the unit plans in the campus technology roadmap created through the Enterprise Architecture process
  • Provide a sustainable way to prevent the university dollars paying for the same service(s) twice (or more)

For more information on or for assistance with the IT Capital Investment and Shared Service Approval Process, please contact

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