RESTON, Va.; May 27, 2010 – The University of Michigan has selected Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to conduct its first-ever comprehensive assessment of information technology at the unit and campus levels. The assessment is part of the first phase of NextGen Michigan, a multi-year university-wide IT transformation effort.
The primary objective of the assessment is to develop an authoritative view of how IT is distributed and provided across the university. All of the university’s schools, colleges, major research and administrative centers and institutes, and the central IT group Information and Technology Services (ITS) are participating. The University is seeking to rationalize its IT services with the goal of identifying sustainable and recurring IT cost savings and reinvesting a portion of the savings into the school’s strategic priorities. This will improve the interoperability of applications, products and services across campuses, and to achieve faster deployment of new shared products, technology infrastructure and services.
“This assessment will enable the University of Michigan to make data-driven determinations regarding IT planning and sourcing,” said David Wilson, managing director of Accenture’s Canada and U.S. State & Local Government client service group. “It is a crucial first step for the university to enable innovative, value-based approaches to technologies and applications to better meet the needs of faculty, researchers and students.”
Accenture will work with the university to develop an IT rationalization roadmap once the initial assessments are completed.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 181,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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