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CLA Technology Purchasing Process Remains The Same

With the changes in technoloy help desk support, there was some question as to what the purchasing process might be going forward.  With the help of the Purchasing and Inventory Affinity Group - part of the CLA Technical Services Task Force - the need was defined for the purchasing process to remain the same as it has been in the past.

For technology purchases, the first point of contact should be your Relationship Manager.  If you are not sure who your Relationship Manager is, please visit http://claoit.umn.edu/consulting/


CLA NOW meetings

There will be no CLA NOW meeting in July.  The August 2013/14 academic year meetings will be scheduled soon.  Please keep an eye on the CLA NOW calendar for dates.

You spoke and Associate CIO Brad Cohen listened. Here are the IT priorities voiced at the CLA NOW Special Session last Thursday:

  • Local it support for research
  • Admin access to pcs for users
  • Support for Innovation
  • Contextually sensitive support (rationalized allocation to respond to inequalities in local resource allocation)
  • Computer purchasing, application licensing, other desktop support that is responsive to unique needs (e.g., language labs)
  • Wireless--more dependable, more broadly available
  • Collaboration, communication and coordination across units (esp. to facilitate common solutions to shared problems, e.g., grad student tracking, book purchasing)
  • Make innovation more visible across units as it addresses common problems
  • Data management that is sensitive to perspectives and unique ad hoc reporting needs (institutional vs. collegiate vs. department...)--see School of Public Health tool
  • Better usability generally
  • People play many roles on campus, make systems that let them flow easily through those roles
  • Institutional nimbleness, sensitivity to local nuance even in implementation of commodity services
  • Consistency of response and service level (end the dread of who will answer the phone!)
  • Unearth best practices and drive them through institution more effectively, Scale more quickly
  • Benchmark against peers to see how IT funding is managed as a strategic part of faculty/grant recruiting (GIS example)
  • Research IT has to be strong--grant scoring depends on it
  • Better and more visible tech support services for faculty
  • Process improvement in service delivery
  • Responsive IT
  • E-learning support to rapidly expand course offerings to meet enrollment demand
  • Improve business model for e-learning, appropriate incentives
  • Get rid of phone and voicemail

Unable to attend? Have more to add? Take a moment to fill out the IT Input Survey or view the slides Brad shared.

Meeting Agenda: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Please click on the link for a look at this month's agenda:  CLA NOW Mtg 11.8.12.pdf.

The CLA NOW meeting will take place in 50 Willey Hall Seminar Room from 9:00 to 10:15 am, tomorrow, Thursday, November 8th.

Meeting Agenda: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Please click on the link for a look at this week's agenda.

The CLA NOW meeting will take place in 50 Willey Hall Seminar Room from 9:00 to 10:00am, tomorrow, Thursday, October 11.

Meeting Agenda: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Please click on the link for a look at this week's agenda.

The CLA NOW meeting will take place in 50 Willey Hall Seminar Room from 9:00 to 10:00am, tomorrow, Thursday, September 6.

Meeting Agenda: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Please click here for a look at tomorrow's meeting agenda.

Then meeting will take place in 275 Nicholson Hall from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

CLA NOW Meeting Canceled

You may have noticed that the CLA NOW meeting that was on the calendar for this Thursday, July 12 has been removed. The meeting has been canceled. The CLA NOW e-newsletter will be sent out as usual tomorrow, please look there for a couple updates.

Plan Ahead

As you take this summer to plan the calendar for your units for the coming year, please remember to refer to the CLA NOW calendar for collegiate meetings and deadlines. Also watch for updated deadlines to appear on the CLA intranet for the Office of Associate Dean for Faculty and for Human Resources (http://cla.umn.edu/intranet/hr/FacHRDeadlinesFY11.php). These deadlines should not be too different from this past year, so feel free to plan close to FY12 dates as you set your unit calendar deadlines.  Thank you.

CLA NOW Meeting Agenda: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Please click on the link for a look at this week's agenda.

The CLA NOW meeting will take place in 155 Nicholson Hall from 9:00 to 10:30am.

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