Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | March 4, 2019
A headshot of Ravi Pendse, U-M VPIT-CIO

Greetings, everyone! I am grateful to each one of you for your dedication to support this amazing institution. Your incredible efforts each day support our students, faculty, and staff to make a difference across our campuses and throughout the world. It is so gratifying to know that our work helps enable the University of Michigan.

Carrying out the mission of the university generates an incredible amount of data each day. This data informs ground-breaking research and discovery, teaching and learning, and patient care. Over the last month, I participated in multiple conversations with staff, faculty, and university leaders about our vision for a data-informed decision making ecosystem at U-M.

Our vision is for U-M to be an empowered community of data consumers who have on-demand, role-based access to enterprise data. As an initial step, a dedicated team of ITS staff is beginning to create and disseminate knowledge to answer the question: “Where is our Data?” This includes mapping where our enterprise data is stored; how it is used, classified, governed, and secured; and how it can be leveraged in order for our campus partners to better use our data. Stay tuned for more updates and progress.

Our vision is for U-M to be an empowered community of data consumers who have on-demand, role-based access to enterprise data.

This initiative will require broad collaboration and partnership and I am counting on everyone to step up, be a teacher, and help enhance our community’s ability to make data-informed decisions. I would love to hear your thoughts about our vision of supporting data-informed decisions—where are our opportunities? What are the obstacles we need to overcome?

I am looking forward to attending Hacks with Friends this week! It is such a fantastic chance to learn from others from across the university. I can’t wait to see what inspirational projects the teams will work on together. Another opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues is through the Michigan IT Mentor program. I have had many incredible teachers and mentors in my life, and I appreciate so many of you serving as mentors to the Michigan IT community. Thank you for all that you do for this amazing institution. I am grateful for your efforts.

Best Regards,


Ravi Pendse PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan