Projects

This site includes information about the projects and programs that Information and Technology Services is undertaking to provide an unparalleled IT environment and accelerate creativity and innovation by U-M faculty, students and staff.

Project Status & Health

ITS publishes monthly scorecards to track progress toward its priority projects:

ITS FY17 Priority Projects

Priority Projects are identified annually by the ITS leadership team in consultation with university executive leadership and university IT governance. The list is intended to be used as a decision-making tool for ITS staff to focus effort on the highest priority work first and to enable ITS to bring the greatest value to the university.

The following projects are ITS' Fiscal Year 2017 (July 2016–June 2017) priorities:

  • Deploy PCI (Payment Card Industry)

    Implement a secure PCI Compliant infrastructure that supports credit card processing, by bringing ITS services up to the latest PCI standards, which will allow campus units and departments consuming these services to certify PCI compliance.

    Key Activities include:

    • Design Infrastructure
    • Development
    • Perform Configuration and Testing
    • Plan Infrastructure Deployment and Migration
    • Execute Migrations of high risk merchants
    • Stabilization after migration
    • Execute penetration testing and remediation
    • Complete the PCI Attestation of Compliance (AOC)

    Project Manager: Michael Meister

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #4: Create a unified, proactive strategy to address the most serious threats to the university for information assurance, and security, privacy, and compliance.

  • Wifi Upgrade

    Replace and/or enhance the Ann Arbor campus (excluding the Medical Campus) WiFi network so that there is a consistent, reliable, robust and higher capacity WiFi network in university buildings. The project will upgrade a minimum of 4 million square feet of academic, student housing, and administrative buildings. Learn more about the Campus Wifi Upgrade project.

    Project Manager: Alok Vimawala

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #3: Condense the current network infrastructures into two unified infrastructures for all U-M campuses and the immediate area.

  • NextGen Security Architecture Phase 1

    Implement threat detection capabilities and several security enhancement initiatives to appropriately protect the university while enabling it to excel at its research, teaching, knowledge preservation and patient care missions. Phase 1 of the project will:

    • Implement an application-level firewall with integrated threat intelligence to protect security enclaves.
    • Enhance and consolidate current Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system to provide improved security operations and incident response.
    • Implement a new network traffic monitoring solution to enhance intrusion detection capabilities.

    Project Manager: Michael Meister

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #4: Create a unified, proactive strategy to address the most serious threats to the university for information assurance, and security, privacy, and compliance.

  • ITS Service Portfolio Re-Evaluation

    The goal of the ITS service portfolio re-evaluation project is to define a future state portfolio and roadmap of services and offerings that provide greater value to the institution and can be used to inform medium and long range planning and budget cycles. The result of this project will enable ITS to improve decision making so that services are in-tune with what the university needs, provide more clarity for campus partners about what ITS does and doesn't do, and create a more supportive working environment for our teams.

    Project Manager: Darcy Turner

  • NextGen Security Architecture Phase 2

    Implement threat detection capabilities and several security enhancement initiatives to appropriately protect the university while enabling it to excel at its research, teaching, knowledge preservation and patient care missions. Phase 2 of the project will:

    • Implement Endpoint Protection solution to disseminate threat intelligence in real-time.
    • Implement a Privileged Access Management system to better protect privileged accounts (system administrators, etc.)
    • Expand TripWire Enterprise Integration solution to improve monitoring of file system integrity.
    • Design and implement a security training program for end users, developers, administrators and security staff.

    Project Manager: Michael Meister

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #4: Create a unified, proactive strategy to address the most serious threats to the university for information assurance, and security, privacy, and compliance.

  • Enterprise Identity and Access Management

    Build common foundation for a comprehensive and flexible IAM service to support the future of the university’s academic, research, and clinical missions. This project will:

    • Deliver improvements to the existing onboarding and offboarding processes
    • Develop a framework for enabling role-based access control along with a limited pilot
    • Provide the ability to use a social login (e.g., LinkedIn account) to access some low risk applications
    • Develop an impact analysis, recommendation and plan for uniqname reengineering
    • Develop a definition and plan to implement security zones
    • Provide a  clear definition of identity assurance levels and improvements in identity proofing

    Project Managers: Svetla Sytch

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #2: Move to a single identity access management (IAM) platform.

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Core Capabilities

    Increase faculty, staff, and student productivity by enabling and optimizing core applications, such as printing and access to U-M storage, on personal devices.

    Project Manager: Paul Marker

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Modernization Strategy

    Engage and work with campus leadership to develop a strategy and roadmap for enterprise administrative systems.

    Project Manager: Jennifer Burch

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: Strategic Initiative #9: Aggressively streamline the administrative systems in order to reduce administration and compliance burden on users.

  • Electronic Signatures

    Implement an enterprise electronic signature service for the university that allows users to prepare, send, sign and return documents. Learn more by visiting the U-M SignNow project website.

    Project Manager: Bob Sabourin

    U-M IT Strategy Alignment: 

    • Strategic Initiative #4: Create a unified, proactive strategy to address the most serious threats to the university for information assurance, and security, privacy, and compliance
    • Strategic Initiative #9: Aggressively streamline the administrative systems in order to reduce administration and compliance burden on users.
  • Cloud Storage Strategy for End User Computing

    Explore Box as a replacement for use of user home and departmental share for our campus customers. Moving to the cloud for storage will move towards the vision of anytime, any device, anywhere and empower the customer to use their data more freely between devices, U-M managed and BYO managed.

    Project Contact: Robert Jones

     

  • Leadership Dashboard

    Collaborate with Office of Budget and Planning and Human Resource Records and Information Systems to create a series of dashboards for senior leadership to monitor progress toward key objectives of the president's office. 

    Project Contact: Vijay Thiruvengadam

    • The first phase includes collection of manual data sets from the central business offices and creation of visualizations for 35 key metrics defined by the President and Provost (due September 1). 
    • Subsequent phases will include building out a metrics catalog and begin automating the data source and preparation wherever feasible.