Board of Regents reviews business cases

Danielle Ferguson

The Board of Regents listened to an overview of eight administrative business cases as part of the regent universities’ efficiency study at a special meeting Thursday in Ames. 

The eight cases deal with finance, human resources, facilities and information technology services. 

Here’s a quick overview of all the proposals:

Finance – finance delivery model: Deloitte suggested creating a shared services model to centralize financial transactions

Human resources – human resources: Deloitte suggested that Iowa State invest in new technology, increase staff training and clarify staff members’ roles to make the HR model run more smoothly

IT-01 – transform the IT landscape: Deloitte suggested IT collaborate between the distributed and central IT teams

IT-02 – transform central ITS: Deloitte suggested that the central ITS model be more flexible for future technology innovations

IT-03 – streamline applications landscape: Deloitte found overlapping practices in different business areas, such as the help desk and ticketing, collaboration, facilities management, utility tools, etc. They suggest the universities cross-collaborate. 

IT-04 – use technology innovations to reduce total cost of ownership: reduce the amount of desk tops and local printers and replace those with personal technologies and network printers

FAC-03 – reduce utilities and operational costs by limiting use of buildings during the summer/ evenings

FAC-04 – reduce energy consumption by investing in energy management initiatives

The regents did not vote on the status of the business cases today. They simply heard an overview of each case and will vote individually on whether or not to implement in mid-November.

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