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IT Ecosystem

We're on an extraordinary mission to change lives through research, education, and outreach.

Information technology (IT) services advance the University of Minnesota's mission by providing our entire community with ways to connect, collaborate, and communicate on the journey to discovery.

Goals

The IT organization works to support the mission by:

  • Providing exceptional services to demonstrate value and credibility to the institution.
  • Supporting institutional priorities through valued partnerships and a customer-centered approach.
  • Integrating information security principles into the organization's work through a risk-based approach.
  • Cultivating an inclusive and respectful organizational climate that fosters a dynamic, diverse, and engaged workforce.
  • Encouraging a culture of learning, curiosity, and experimentation, to ensure the organization is prepared to support future technology needs.

Service Delivery

IT services are delivered through a well-coordinated, collaborative, and distributed IT service organization of more than 1,300 information technology professionals known as IT@UMN.

The Vice President for Information Technology serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations. The CIO provides leadership, planning, and management for information technology at the University of Minnesota, and is responsible both for staff and unit operations in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the University's central IT unit, and for managing consensus with key stakeholders throughout the University through a "dotted line" reporting relationship with unit IT leads.

Our distributed IT model drives efficiencies through collaboration and mutual alignment of goals. Central services are widely-used and available across the University system, while collegiate and distributed administrative business unit IT services are designed to meet local needs.

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Examples of complementary information technology services at the University offered centrally and by collegiate and administrative business units (see an enlargement).