IT rationalization is a university-wide initiative to determine the best source of information technology services and to reduce non-productive redundancy in IT solutions across campus.
IT Rationalization Fact Sheet (178KB PDF)
CIO Update on Information Technology Initiatives (November 2010)
The university retained Accenture Consulting to conduct the first-ever comprehensive assessment of information technology as it is currently distributed and provided at the campus and unit level.
Read a summary of the key campus recommendations in the Accenture final report.
Read a summary of the key ITS recommendations in the Accenture final report.
Rationalizing IT resources is designed to accomplish two equally important NextGen Michigan goals:
New funding model that:
New service delivery model that:
|Unit-Provided Services||Shared Services (Units working together)||Central IT-Provided Services||External-Provided Services|
|Value-added IT services that contribute to unique mission of the unit||IT services where two or more units can partner to effectively share expenses||IT services where economies of scale can be achieved at university level||IT services where external providers can offer economies of scale and meet U-M's service requirements|
One important objective of rationalization is to implement IT sourcing delivery that provides more competitive services for less money.
Rationalization at U-M will occur along a continuum from very limited to complete for any particular infrastructure component.
From February–July 2010, Accenture conducted more than 200 workshops and interviews with schools, colleges, institutes, and other units. A graphical representation of the IT inventory developed by Accenture shows the current sourcing and frequency distribution of IT services by category as self-reported by units during the workshops and interviews. This graph is a high-level campus snapshot.