The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is the central IT unit for the University of Minnesota. OIT delivers many of the IT services to the UMN system that are commonly used across all (or almost all) collegiate and non-collegiate units. Each of the services are delivered by a cross-functional team, led by a (non-manager) service owner, and consists of staff from multiple lines.

The vertical boxes below represent the functional line organizations in central University IT. The horizontal bars represent cross functional service teams which span across these line organizations.

To understand the organizational matrix model in central University IT, it is important to think of it in terms of supply and demand.


Demand for IT services is managed by the VPCIO, the OIT leadership team, and IT liaisons who engage with the campus community and institutional leaders as part of the IT Governance process to understand the institution’s technology needs and priorities. They then bring the articulated needs back to the organization and work with the people responsible for delivering services, so they can ensure that the needs are being met. In this model, there is a direct connection between institutional leaders that express needs and the parts of our organization that can deliver services.


In terms of supply, we have four teams of experts in different IT line organizations

  • Academic Technology 
  • User Support
  • Infrastructure and Production
  • Application Development

Senior directors and IT managers oversee line organizations, which house the staff who support our services.

OIT Organizational Model

The Office of Information Technology's organizational model. For details, see the OIT Organizational Chart.