IT Strategic Plan

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The University of Michigan’s IT Strategic Plan outlines the guiding principles, goals and initiatives for how technology can enrich the U-M experience and inspire people to do amazing things.

Technology empowers the leaders and best. This is the vision of the new IT Strategic Plan, which will guide the university’s IT plans and investments over the next 3+ years.

The new IT Strategic Plan builds on the accomplishments of NextGen Michigan and continues to drive themes of shared infrastructure and consolidated services, mission-aligned technologies, and a strong Michigan IT community.

The plan also boldly advocates for unifying the technologies of the health system and academic campus, and for turning our attention back to the administrative processes of the university to reduce the administrative burden on faculty.

How We Got Here: The Road To NextGen

A Brief History of IT at U-M

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In 2011, the U-M launched an IT Strategy called NextGen Michigan. That plan said we should consolidate services where it made sense, invest in technologies that advance the mission of the university, and develop a community of the workforce of U-M's 2,700+ IT professionals. These three goals drove IT-related strategic decision making, and the university has accomplished much of what it set out to achieve.

Published in 2016, the updated IT Strategic Plan builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor and includes clear direction in terms of where technology can boldly make U-M a differentiator, and specific steps we need to take to get there.

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