OneIT Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: April 20, 2017

Q: WHAT IS OneIT?

A: OneIT is the initiative to unify Enterprise Systems and ITS units at UNK, UNL and UNO into one unified division.

Q: WILL PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS?

A: There will likely be job reductions as we look for cost savings opportunities through increased collaboration and economies of scale. It is anticipated that the majority of job reductions will occur through retirements and other attrition. Every effort will be made to utilize existing staff talent and abilities to meet OneIT  personnel needs.

Q: WILL I BE A CAMPUS OR NU RESOURCE

A: ITS units within Enterprise Systems, UNL, UNO and UNK will be University of Nebraska resources. Many will be assigned to support specific campuses. We will also work very closely with the UNMC ITS organization.

Q: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO UNMC ITS?

A: UNMC and Nebraska Medicine IT departments are transitioning into a single unit. It is acknowledged that the mission of UNMC to provide extraordinary care in addition to premier educational programs and innovative research will require a dedicated focus on their unique technology needs under the leadership of Michael Ash, MD and Brian Lancaster. There will be collaboration to align and standardize technologies for common services where we can as well as to continue the progress on joint procurement.

Q: WHO WILL I REPORT TO?

A: At this point, reporting relationships are not changing, other than the CIOs (who will report to Mark Askren in his role as Vice President for Information Technology.) An integration and consolidation plan developed by Mark Askren and the campus CIOs will be shared President Bounds. This plan will begin to outline additional reporting changes.

Q: HOW DOES THIS IMPACT ME? WILL MY JOB CHANGE?

A: The integration and consolidation plan will be announced later this year. At that point we’ll have more information as to which changes will take place

Q: WHEN WILL OneIT HAPPEN?

A: The OneIT integration and consolidation plan will be sent to the President in May, outlining a full implementation by end of calendar year 2017.

Q: HOW WILL DECISIONS BE MADE?

A: Vice President for Information Technology Mark Askren and the campus CIOs will work together on plans for the new ITS organization. They will reach out to subject matter experts, ITS staff members, partners, and customers throughout the process.

Q: CAN I BE PART OF A TEAM RECOMMENDING THE CHANGES?

A: Feedback and questions can be submitted online - anonymously if you so choose. You are encouraged to identify yourself because this may assist if clarification or additional information and follow up is needed, but it's not required. There have also been Service Teams established in five areas.

Q: IS THIS RELATED TO THE IT BUDGET RESPONSE TEAM?

A: They are complementary efforts. The concept of OneIT pre-dates the task force and is an effort to provide the most impactful, cost-effective technology services to the University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students. OneIT will generate significant cost savings on an ongoing basis that will be used both for reallocation and for cost savings related to the IT Budget Response initiative.

Q: HOW MUCH WILL YOU SAVE THE UNIVERSITY BY MERGING THE CENTRALIZED ITS UNITS?

A: We expect increased efficiencies through realignment of technology and personnel. A detailed initial estimate will be identified as we finalize the full recommendation, which will be shared with President Bounds.

Q: HOW DOES THE OneIT INITIATIVE HELP THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA?

A: The OneIT Initiative helps align our ITS structure to meet the strategic needs of the university. The initiative will help maintain and even increase our services in key areas to help the University of Nebraska and its campuses reach their strategic goals.

Q: WHAT ABOUT OUR COLLEAGUES OUTSIDE ITS?

A: There will be time in a later phase to consult and get their feedback. Right now we're focusing on ITS and where we can unify our division. You are encouraged to give feedback you may be hearing in regards to their questions. It's important to know key strategic services at the campus will be maintained or possibly improved in some cases.