The campus technology project prioritization process relies on a group of functional owners across campus, which collectively prioritizes projects within and among their divisions to create the overall campus technology priorities for the academic year. This process was instituted in 2007 by members of the Enterprise Systems Project Team. The process ensures that the division of technology resources focuses on the right set of campus priorities in the right order, which helps manage technology investments.
In 2008, a formal Project Management Office was developed within the Office of Information Technology. This team developed and rolled out formal project management practices, referred to as Systems Development Life Cycle guidelines, to help manage our large projects. The first project leveraging these practices was the successful Datatel R18 implementation. Following the success of R18, we have begun to apply the same principles to other large projects.