A&M System IT Initiatives
Buy A&M is our new web-based procurement tool to support purchasing across The Texas A&M University System.
Project goals include:
- Select a user friendly procurement tool that can be integrated with existing financial systems
- Share contracts across all Members for beneficial pricing and vendor management
- Increase the use of HUB and DIR vendors
- Improve spending controls and cost reporting across all members
Click here to see the current implementation schedule.
HR/Payroll Replacement (Workday)
The Texas A&M System is replacing our aging Payroll and Human Resources systems. Please follow our journey at the Project Helios website.
Goals of the A&M System’s Workday HR/Payroll Replacement project include:
- Replace our existing HR and Payroll solution with a modern, integrated HR and payroll system
- Simplify and standardize processes
- Make it easy to get work done and harder to make mistakes
- Minimize administrative overhead for HR and Payroll employees, faculty, staff and end users
- Lower our operating costs, reduce risk and realize efficiencies with a cloud-based solution
In response to the Deloitte Audit and recommendations of the Chancellor of the Texas A&M System, a System-wide IT Governance and Collaboration Framework is being developed.
The project intends to address the following governance challenges:
- Inconsistent processes for managing demand for IT projects
- Inconsistent criteria and methods for prioritizing projects
- Inconsistent practices for aligning IT projects to strategic objectives
- Very little visibility or oversight of IT demand across and between system members
TAC 216 Companion Guide
Texas Administrative Code 216 requires institutions and agencies to manage information resources projects based on project management practices. It requires the definition of several minimum elements, including a single reference source for project management practices.
The A&M System has developed a TAC 216 Companion Guide to define a project, provide a method for classifying projects based on their complexity and risk, and outline minimum requirements for completing projects based on their classification level. The Companion Guide also outlines TAC 216 requirements for project governance, assessment and reporting.
Members are welcome to develop their own approach to compliance with TAC 216, or they are welcome to use the TAC 216 Companion Guide.
More information can be found on the TAC 216 Companion Guide page.
Digital Center of Excellence
The Digital Center of Excellence provides a virtual resource for best practices and effective strategies for digital engagement to all A&M System members. Please visit the site at Digital Center of Excellence.
A&M System IT Committees
Information Technology is an important resource of the A&M System. It is of the utmost importance that this resource is effectively utilized in the fulfilling of our mission. From time to time, committees are chartered to explore the need to elevate a technology to a system-wide initiative. Current A&M System IT Committees include:
As outlined in Texas Administrative Code 213, every member university must identify an Electronic and Information Resources Accessibility Coordinator (EIRAC). The EIRAC Committee is exploring the impact of TAC 206 and TAC 213 on accessibility for classroom technology and web site usability, and is developing a Center of Excellence to support EIRAC resources across the A&M System.
The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) committee is analyzing current VDI use cases and trends to develop technology recommendations for each use case.
Voice and Video
We are exploring replacing our current video conferencing model with a new model that will provide lower operating costs and greater flexibility.