Database Services joins Information Quest

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DBA IQ team
IQ all-staff meeting June 13, 2019: One big, happy data-focused team. (Chris Gardner)

Recently, Information and Technology Services announced its vision for a data-informed decision making ecosystem at U-M, which aspires for “U-M to be an empowered community of data consumers who have on-demand, role-based access to enterprise data.”

To align its resources and expertise to ensure ITS is successful in this effort, Database Administration Services (DBA) moved from the Infrastructure portfolio of services to Information Quest (IQ), on June 3, 2019. Bringing these areas together opens up more opportunities to improve data-related services for campus.

IQ is the division within ITS that provides enterprise data solutions for U-M campus partners. It creates and maintains the official institutional data sets that provide official statistics for the university. DBA provides state-of-the-art enterprise database services and MiDatabase managed database hosting to satisfy the performance, security, and data availability for the growing demands of data consumers at U-M.

IQ Enterprise Data Services now include:

  • Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and visualization in Business Objects, MReports, and Tableau
  • BI training and consulting and data concierge services
  • API management and directory
  • Data integration
  • Data architecture and data modeling
  • Institutional datasets
  • Enterprise database services
  • MiDatabase managed database hosting for campus

To support these changes, Amber MacKenzie has accepted the position of data solutions director, leading the areas of Business Intelligence, Data Coordination Management, and Database Administration Services. In addition Dave Nowell, IQ lead devops architect, has stepped into the management responsibilities for the Database Administration Team.

The Database Administration team remains located in Arbor Lakes Building 1, second floor. Other areas of Information Quest are located on the third floor of the Administrative Services Building.

Look out for future developments on our progress toward achieving the vision of a data-informed decision-making campus as we work to leverage the wide breadth of data-delivery skills across ITS! Feel free to contact informationquest@umich.edu or vijaythi@umich.edu with any questions, comments, or ideas.