Strategic Initiatives
The Strategic Initiatives unit provides vision and leadership to effectively integrate technology into the operations of the University. This unit leads efforts to develop, implement, and communicate services-based strategies that utilize technology. UMIT Strategic Initiatives works closely with University information technology leadership and the University community to shape and implement key IT investments, and to plan strategies aligned with the University's strategic plan, as well as student, employee, and faculty needs.

        
Strategic Initiatives is comprised of the Communications, Project Management Office, and Strategy and Partnerships groups.

Communications

  • The UMIT Communications team develops, implements and manages all UMIT organization, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project, Clinical Applications, and other major project-related internal and external communications, strategies, and plans, as well as the branding and visual identity program. This team develops innovative, strategic, and creative solutions to communications challenges to ensure key messages are effectively shared with all audiences. The team facilitates the flow of information and understanding between all internal and external committees and constituencies across the University, including UMIT and University of Miami leadership. Additionally, the Communications team, develops and creates editorial and creative content for all publications and communications, including newsletters, memos, FAQs, talking points, presentations, guides, media relations, etc., and manages marketing materials and content development for communications purposes, including videos, websites, posters, uniforms, etc.


Project Management Office (PMO)

  • The PMO operations are focused on the following objectives: provide project management services and oversight for select IT projects; mentor and guide the organization’s project teams as they learn and then adopt project management practices throughout their projects; serve as UMIT’s authority on IT project management practices and be the resident advocate and model for good project management practice. Two pillars support the PMO in order to achieve these objectives: applications project management and infrastructure project management. The project specialists and project managers assigned to these areas are responsible for the operational aspects of project management and delivery. The Applications area’s efforts are concentrated on the larger, enterprise level projects that do not fall under the purview of our ERP or Clinical Applications activities. They also collaborate with the Third Party Applications group on legacy application upgrade projects. Our Infrastructure and Operations group is charged with project management oversight and delivery of projects that are classified as facilities, design and construction (FD&C) and IT infrastructure. Both areas share responsibility for running the non-clinical applications Change Advisory Board (CAB) via the use of UService’s Change Management module.


Strategy and Partnerships

  • The Strategy and Partnerships team is made up of Business Analysts that partner with internal and external clients in an effort to guide them through the process of finding solutions that enhance their business processes. The team gathers all the pertinent information required to make an informed decision on the direction that our clients should take when selecting, implementing, or replacing their technology. The team identifies and structure key issues, plans, researches and analyzes activities that generate insight to drive UMIT strategy and performance improvement (strategy); builds relationships with business units to improve alignment between UMIT and their IT strategic direction (partnerships); oversees the UMIT Governance Process to ensure that all the requests for a project are analyzed and approved using clearly defined standards (governance); and identifies strategic opportunities and oversees related business and financial analyses (Business Analysis).