IT Governance Committees

Once fully established, the IT Governance Committees will recommend IT project priorities and oversee key initiatives. The committees will also recommend technology practices to enhance innovation.

The Executive Transformation Committee has been meeting since spring 2015. The Data Governance Committee will formally launch in November 2016.

Other committees will be phased in starting in spring 2017.

Proposed Guiding Principles

The MSU IT Governance Committees will operate on common guiding principles. MSU will:

  • Be engaged in a transparent decision making process that receives input and communicates outcomes.
  • Strive to identify and embrace opportunities to reuse already existing solutions before buying, and if necessary building new solutions.
  • Manage IT as an investment and not as an expense.
  • Adopt common standards for shared services implemented across our federated IT organization.
  • Use acceptable industry standards for all application development projects.
  • Hold information integrity and security as foundational for IT-related projects.
  • Hold as foundational that colleges and administrative units own their data and are responsible for its accuracy, reliability, and security treating information as an asset.
  • Deploy applications and systems that create a common customer view.
  • Make investments that build progress toward a desired enterprise architecture in order to simplify the technology environment, improve IT operational efficiency, improve availability, and reduce risk.
  • Monitor the performance of IT investments, services, and processes and make informed decisions on improvement.
  • Strengthen the core technology services deployed across the university so that colleges and administrative units can focus on innovation.

Current Committees

This list will be added to as other committees are launched.

Executive Transformation Committee

(Spring 2015 launch)

Executive-level guidance and oversight of the IT Transformation Program including unit and enterprise-level IT projects, risks, resources, and capabilities aligned with overall MSU strategies and the interests of diverse IT constituencies.

Data Governance Committee

(November 2016 launch)

Domain of data and data management systems supporting the administrative, academic, and research missions at the university.