A: OneIT is the initiative to unify Enterprise Systems and ITS units at UNK, UNL and UNO into one unified division.
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.
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.
A: Effective Aug. 2, Vice President of IT, Mark Askren, has named UNO CIO Bret Blackman Associate Vice President and UNK CIO Deb Schroeder, Assistant Vice President, reporting to Mark. Mark, Bret and Deb will continue to retain their CIO leadership roles along with campus reporting structures. Additionally, five Assistant Vice Presidents, reporting to Mark, have been named in the areas of shared services:
It's also important to note that campus-specific services will retain their reporting relationships to the respective CIO. These are not new positions, but new responsibilities within the University of Nebraska ITS leadership team.
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.
A: The full integration and consolidation plan will be announced later this year. As we continue to move forward, we’ll have more information as to which changes will take place.
A: The OneIT integration and consolidation plan was sent to the President in May, outlining a full implementation by end of calendar year 2017.
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.
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.
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.
A: We expect to save $1.6 million in the 2017-18 year, a majority of which will come from retirements and attrition. That $1.6 million will contribute to the $6 million the ITS Budget Response Team has requested from us over the next two years.
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.
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.
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