IT governance provides processes and structures that specify how decisions are made, implemented and managed. The IT governance initiative will determine the role of Information Technology (IT) at UNC-Chapel Hill. This includes how IT is to be used and how decisions are to be made on infrastructure strategies and IT architecture. IT governance will also specify business application needs and prioritize IT investment.

The Information Technology Executive Steering Committee (ITESC) oversees the IT governance structure and processes for UNC-Chapel Hill as well as the activities of the governance coordinating committees.

IT Governance consists of the Information Technology Executive Steering Committee (ITESC) and four subcommittees.

The Information Technology Executive Steering Committee (ITESC) focuses its efforts on ensuring consistent and deliberate progress toward a mature IT governance structure and processes as well as identifies and resolves conflicts, confusion and inefficiencies in the use of campus IT Resources and ensures that decision-making occurs at the right levels regarding IT goals, policies, standards, priorities and investments.

Institutional Data Governance Committee has as its specific mission to ensure that the University has in place a set of processes that ensure that important data assets are formally managed throughout the enterprise.

Communication Technologies Coordinating Committee is responsible for coordination across campus communication technologies activities.

Instructional Technology Coordinating Committee is responsible for the coordination of teaching and learning and student IT activities.

Research Computing Coordinating Committee coordinates across-campus research computing activities.

All committee members are charged to provide a holistic perspective of the University’s needs rather than represent the interests or needs of a particular school or department.

IT governance provides processes and structures that specify for all campus IT:

  • Who makes decisions pertaining to goals, policies, investment, infrastructure and architectures
  • Who provides input and analyzes issues
  • Who is held responsible and accountable
  • Who settles disputes
  • How decisions are made, implemented and managed

Advantages of IT governance include putting into place processes and structures that have been designed and implemented with assigned responsibility and accountabilty. IT governance structures are flexible and can adapt to meet changing conditions. Successful IT Governance processes are fair, open and timely. The IT governance intiative allows the served community to understand and trust the governance structure.

IT governance decision domains include:

  • IT Principles
  • IT Infrastructure Strategies
  • IT Architecture
  • Business application needs
  • IT Investment

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