ITS Projects

The project list contains the current work in progress. For more information about the projects, contact the project manager.

Updated 1/16/2018

Develop Michigan IT Staff Development Program

Develop a new program to provide professional and skill development for all 2700 Michigan IT professionals.

Target end date: 6/29/2018
Project manager: Allen,Mashon
Executive Director: Curley,Cathy

Develop system continuity plans

This initiative will identify and classify ITS critical core infrastructure systems, and re-architect these systems to be highly available and resilient. The goal is for systems to able to maintain their capacity and production workloads, even in the event of small-scale faults or a large-scale disaster. We will develop options to increase the resiliency of these systems and propose improvements under the guidance of ITS senior leadership after weighing the scope, risk, and costs of the alternatives.

Target end date: 6/8/2018
Project manager: Bennett,Michael
Executive Director: Palms,Andrew T

EIAM: Access Standards Alignment Project (ASAP)

We will categorize our data and applications based on level of sensitivity. For example, applications that are generally open to the public require no or minimal access credentials, such as Applications that contain sensitive data, such as SSN, require 2 levels of credentials such as uniqname and password. Other applications with highly sensitive data, such as research animal location, require even more levels of credentials, such as 2 levels of login and a token.

Target end date: 6/29/2018
Project manager: Stathes,Gregory
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

EIAM: Account Lifecycle Optimization (ALO)

While many EIAM program efforts are laying the foundation for bigger things to come, the Account Lifecycle Optimization project is focused on identifying the university’s current pain points with IAM-related processes and tools—and improving them wherever possible!

Improvement initiatives are rolling out in waves and will conclude in January 2018. The number of waves will be determined, in part, by input provided by campus and Michigan Medicine partners.

For more information about this project and the EIAM Program, visit

Target end date: 5/31/2018
Project manager: King,Earnest
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

EIAM: Enterprise Identity & Access Mgmt Program

Launched in January 2017, the Enterprise Identity Access Management (EIAM) program at U-M coordinates and unites IAM efforts for all U-M campuses - Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine - to improve the technology and administrative processes that allow authorized individuals to access U-M resources. The initiative is jointly funded by the Office of the Provost and Michigan Medicine through the end of June 2018.

By summer 2018 and through multiple projects, the EIAM Program will:
* Lay the foundation to set universitywide IAM priorities with a single program office and steering committee.
* Prepare for future improvements by piloting new services and identifying universitywide requirements.
* Deliver quick wins to improve the current state for the entire U-M community.

For more information, visit the program's website at

Target end date: 6/29/2018
Project manager: Sytch,Svetla
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

EIAM: Identity Assurance

Today, a patchwork of uncoordinated policies and procedures guide the university in verifying an individual’s identity, the key to accessing university resources. The resulting gaps in security, compliance, documentation, and responsibility leave the university vulnerable to cyberattacks, fraud, or legal sanctions.

The Identity Assurance initiative will assess the current state, address immediate vulnerabilities whenever possible, and recommend first steps to implement National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Identity Assurance Levels (IALs) across the university.

For more information about this project and the EIAM Program, visit

Target end date: 3/28/2018
Project manager: Brannon,Eric
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

EIAM: Role & Access Management Project (RAMP)

Access to U-M resources today is most often managed on a service-by-service basis rather than a specific job or role, e.g., Payroll Clerk. The Role and Access Management Project (RAMP) will focus on establishing a role-based access service at the university to accelerate start-up time for new employees, replace manual processes, improve data security, and more.

The RAMP effort will first select a vendor to support a role-based service, then pilot the service with several U-M systems. This and future efforts will help establish the necessary foundational roles at U-M.

For more information about this project and the EIAM Program, visit

Target end date: 6/29/2018
Project manager: Swaney,Jennifer
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

EIAM: Uniqname Re-evaluation & Recommendation

The university’s current uniqname ecosystem has served us for over a quarter of a century. But with an eight-character limit and a desire to include parts of an individual's name, it’s often a challenge to find combinations for common names. Changing uniqnames due to a life event, such as marriage or divorce, is also a manual and time-consuming process. Compounding these challenges is the university’s ever growing population.

The Uniqname Re-evaluation & Recommendation project will conduct a thorough assessment of the current state and recommend a shared solution to implement university-wide. Cross-campus partners will contribute input throughout.

For more information about this project and the EIAM Program, visit

Target end date: 1/31/2018
Project manager: Sytch,Svetla
Executive Director: Bermann,Sol

Electronic Signature Implementation

Implement a central electronic signature solution for campus.

Target end date: 10/18/2018
Project manager: Sabourin,Robert
Executive Director: Palms,Andrew T

FIN - Let UHS use Inventory module

University Health Services (UHS) is interested in utilizing the Peoplesoft inventory module. This project has two key initiatives. The first effort is to de-couple the inventory module so that it is not exclusive to UMHS. The second portion is to enable UHS within the system.

Target end date: 2/7/2018
Project manager: Skelding,Brian
Executive Director: Behm,Jim