The University of Texas at Austin

A More Strategic Approach to IT Procurement

October 19, 2012

Campus-wide collaboration, coordination and teamwork are enabling Information Technology Services (ITS) to offer better IT solutions to support the University. An area where this is readily apparent is in purchasing software and hardware. By capitalizing on economies of scale, there are a number of examples where it has been possible to aggregate and leverage the University’s buying power to achieve much lower pricing. This approach is in line with one of the original Strategic IT Advisory Committee (SITAC) recommendations, Recommendation 2.5, to “Expand efforts to reduce campus wide software and hardware costs” by identifying more opportunities for “purchasing at an enterprise level.” SITAC recommended closer collaboration between the IT units on campus, ITS, and the central University purchasing group as the best way to drive dramatically lower IT pricing.

In order to more fully realize this goal and create additional savings, Jarren Wenderlein has been hired to serve in the newly created position of “Senior Technology Licensing Specialist.” Expectations are that this new position will help the University create significant savings by strategically sourcing software, hardware, and cloud-based information technologies. Ms. Wenderlein is a graduate of the UT Law School and is currently enrolled in the evening MBA program at McCombs. Her primary focus is to help campus IT organizations and ITS take a more strategic approach to negotiating new and renewing information technology agreements. This new position is being funded by ITS, and is part of the central University’s team of procurement professionals. Ms. Wenderlein reports to Jerry Fuller, Assistant Vice President Procurement & Payment Services, and she provides direction to the Software Distribution & Sales (SDS) operation.

Key values—transparency, communication, accountability, responsibility, appropriate representation and active support—guide the committees in their work. To learn more about IT Governance and how it works to establish a campus-wide IT vision in support of the University mission and goals, on the IT Governance website.

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