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What is OIT Planning?


The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is charged with leading and supporting the University of Minnesota and higher education by operating and maintaining the highest quality enterprise-level information technology services. Innovation and development, friendly and efficient service delivery, sound operational support, prudent fiscal management, and pragmatic strategic planning are the core competencies of this organization.

The OIT organizational structure features three operational areas buoyed by four support units. Three of these four units provide internal support to OIT units and to the broader Institution. Planning is one of those units.

Associate Vice President and

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Academic Services

Administrative Services

Customer Support


Service Delivery

Technology &

Network Infrastructure

Enterprise Applications


Assurance and Security

External Planning and Initiatives


Finance and Human Resources


OIT Planning seeks University technology and technology-support alignment with the Institution's initiatives, goals, priorities, mission and strategic direction.


OIT Planning pursues its mission by focusing on these core principles:

  • Planning is a collaborative effort that actively engages a broad representation of stakeholders. Stakeholders include Colleges, Professional Schools, Administrative Units and University senior leadership.

  • Planning is consultative - while seeking the greatest amount of feasible consensus.

  • Planning is situational - employing flexibility, nimbleness and as much formality as each engagement/initiative warrants.


OIT Planning incorporates its core principles, in pursuit of the mission, and applies them to its activities and work-plan. The following exemplifies this practice:

  • Semi-annual Dean/coordinate campus Chancellor/CIO sessions.

  • Annual Co-Provider Meeting (Associate Deans and collegiate MIS/IT Directors).

  • Special Co-Provider brainstorming sessions to address specific institutional initiatives (i.e.: President's Initiatives to improve service and enhance productivity).

  • Bi-monthly OIT/Collegiate Information Technology Manager/Director planning sessions.

  • Monthly technology-specific meetings focused on a variety of disciplines and geared toward collegiate technologists.

  • Bi-monthly Coordinate Campus (System) technology working/planning meetings.

  • Participation in the faculty governance initiatives. (i.e.: Senate Committee for Information Technology (SCIT), Classroom Advisory Sub-Committee, …etc.)

  • Benchmarking the University's technology environment with peer higher education institutions and relevant private sector environments.

  • Collegiate needs assessment and analysis activities.

  • Environmental scanning.

  • Etc…

In summary, OIT Planning incorporates environmental scans, strategic thinking principles/activities and collaborative/consultative processes to forecast higher educational trends that help anticipate institutional needs. Because technology and organizational readiness are crucial components of the core planning process, OIT is poised to deliver next generation Institutional technologies in a prudent, efficient, cost-effective manner.