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Technology Selection Guidelines

Helping you choose technologies with confidence.

The Office of Information Technology works with the distributed IT service organization and the Technology Advisory Council to provide technology acquisition guidelines and assistance to University of Minnesota faculty and staff members who are evaluating technologies their units are considering buying, using, or developing.

Our goal is to ensure that use of the technologies is aligned with the University's needs and technical environment throughout the technology's lifecycle, from the time it is under consideration to its retirement.

Get Help

If you are exploring the use, purchase, or development of a technology solution at the University of Minnesota, you can contact the Technology Advisory Council for a consultation. The group is made up of technology experts from across the University system with knowledge and experience from a variety of technological disciplines and environments. The technology advisors can provide you with guidance about University policies, standards, practices and offer advice as you negotiate with vendors in the purchasing process. Request a consultation.

Follow Standards and Principles

The standards provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving University information technology and enterprise architecture that meets the unique business requirements of the University.

Information Security Standards

All Information Security Standards are published in the University Policy Library. 

Get links to each standard and guidelines for how to implement them on the Information Security Standards and Guidelines for Implementation page.

Technology Guiding Principles

Although not mandated policies, Technology Guiding Principles must be considered when making technology decisions for the University of Minnesota system, including these types of technologies:

  • collegiate
  • non-collegiate 
  • administrative
  • research
  • enterprise
  • non-enterprise

Documentation Standards

Foundational standards are the Documentation Standards for Information Security Documents and the Documentation Standards for Information Technology Documents.

Additional Resources

Visit the University of Minnesota's Purchasing Services website to learn more about the purchasing process.

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