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IT Governance Overview

The IT Governance Cycle

IT governance encourages the best and highest use of IT resources by:

  1. Aligning IT strategy with institutional priorities.
  2. Creating clarity in how decisions are made by establishing a clearly defined, easy-to-understand framework for making those decisions.
  3. Engaging the University community in soliciting input and enacting changes to IT products and services.
The IT Governance Cycle follows four phases through each fiscal year: input, synthesize, decide, and fund.

The process follows an annual cycle that starts with data and feedback from the University community and ends with strategic, funded decisions about what OIT should and shouldn't be doing in the near- and long-term. Feedback is captured through open membership Advisory Communities that meet on a regular basis to discuss specific IT products and OIT Product Managers who create roadmaps for each of their products. Standing Committees, composed of appointed members and chairs, establish standards and define processes for key areas that affect a variety of stakeholders. Finally, the IT Strategy and Investment Council, a representative group who have institutional-wide perspectives, provide oversight of the IT governance framework and informs IT investment priorities.

Stage Starts Details
Input July Solicit feedback on current IT products and future needs using tools like campus surveys, Advisory Communities, Standing Committees, topic-specific focus groups, and discussions with key stakeholders. 
Synthesis October Build an understanding of the University's needs and create or update product roadmaps and budget proposals based on those needs. 
Decision January Refine and validate product roadmaps and budget proposals. Make decisions about recommended investments, divestments, and major changes to IT products. 
Fund April Align funding with the University budget and capital planning process. Communicate strategic decisions to all stakeholders.