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Analytics & Data Integration fCoP meets first milestone!

December 22, 2015
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The Analytics and Data Integration fCoP has delivered on its first milestone! The fCoP’s charge is to “Improve the University’s ability to make data-driven decisions by researching common business needs, sharing best practices, and creating enterprise service recommendations around data integration and end-user analytics.” The foundational step of identifying common use cases is complete.

Our Process

Led by Amy Schult of Enterprise Data Management and Reporting (EDMR) and the Office of Institutional Analysis, the Common Use Case affinity group solicited individual data-use examples from the University community. Input came from people in various roles across collegiate and administrative units and all system campuses were represented. Participants submitted descriptions of how they use data today as well as how they would like to be able to use it in the future. Schult commented, “I was really impressed with the contributions of our community. Data and analytics is clearly a priority for our University.”


Schult’s affinity group classified the more than 350 use cases submitted by the community into common themes, grouped according to actions people take with data. For each theme, the affinity group documented use case descriptions, the people involved, examples, and challenges.

The List*

  • Assessing Organizational Performance
  • Budgeting/Planning
  • Contextualizing Demographics 
  • Course Scheduling and Delivery
  • Data for Research
  • Validating Data Integrity
  • Delivering Data to External Partners
  • Determining Marketing Success
  • Enabling Communications
  • Ensuring Compliance
  • Faculty/Staff Engagement and Investment 
  • Forecasting
  • Gauging Participation
  • Integrating with Surveys
  • Monitoring Budget to Actual
  • Monitoring Physical Assets
  • Monitoring Student Progress
  • Responding to Current Events
  • Stakeholder Interactions
  • Trend Analysis 
  • Understanding People
  • Using Location for Business Processes

* A short description of each use case is also available.

Next Steps

The common use cases have been passed along to the the Enterprise Service Recommendations affinity group. This affinity group will identify the capabilities needed to fulfill the use cases and perform a gap analysis between IT@UMN’s current service offerings and the needs identified in the use-cases.

The Request Framework affinity group is also examining the common use cases to see common themes relating to access and requests.


Thanks go to the more than sixty members of the Common Use Case affinity group. A special thanks goes to Amy Schult for her leadership. If you are interested in learning more about the Analytics and Data Integration fCoP, visit our website.