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Organizing Administrative Systems for the Future

Posted Date: 7 Mar 2019

Effective Date: 1 Mar 2019

Northwestern Information Technology’s Administrative Systems unit, a group of approximately 125 staff members responsible for owning, managing, and developing enterprise systems to support the business of the University, announced plans to reorganize earlier this month.

The shift includes moving from a functional approach to role-driven centers of excellence that team up similar resources—developers, systems analysts, data management and integration resources, and more—to better serve the unit’s business and IT partners across the University. The move, which does not include any job elimination, ensures the teams will be more responsive to new technologies and business needs, and it will also allow Administrative Systems to:

The new structure took effect on March 1, 2019, and unit leaders are working directly with partners across Northwestern to facilitate a smooth transition.

“In the end, this new organization will allow us to shift resources more nimbly, streamline connections between partners and our team, and operate as a more integrated unit,” said Kris O’Brien, associate vice president of administrative systems. “I believe our business and IT partners will welcome this innovation, and the leadership team is excited to guide the staff through this ambitious evolution.”

To learn more about Administrative Systems, including the areas that comprise the unit, visit the Administrative Systems overview page.

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