This quarterly newsletter is sent to Procurement Services customers to provide announcements and updates regarding ongoing initiatives and procedures.
Procurement Services is excited to announce the most recent Savings Victors award winner, Richard Ake, a data center technical support analyst lead at Information and Technology Services (ITS).
In his current role, Richard is committed to protecting the university’s sensitive data. Knowing the challenges U-M departments face working with outside data destruction vendors, he encouraged Property Disposition to offer data sanitization and data destruction services on campus.
As a result of Richard’s suggestion, Property Disposition began offering data destruction and sanitization services last fall. “We value Richard’s willingness to help Property Disposition innovate,” said Dante Vasquez, technology warehouse supervisor, who nominated him for the award. “As an early adopter, Richard is candid and generous with his feedback, which helps us offer improved services to the university community.”
Property Disposition will be holding a live vehicle auction Saturday, February 23, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds at 10 a.m. See the auctioneer’s website for more information, including photos of the vehicles up for auction.
The last auction, which took place in December, resulted in 36 vehicles, a John Deere Gator, a Toro sprayer, scrubbers, pallet jacks, and other large equipment, being sold for nearly $400,000!
Category codes are five-character codes (e.g., GENOS) that correspond to frequently used procurement account values. The codes are used in M-Pathways eProcurement requisitions (ePro reqs) to populate the account value in the Chartfield combination for reporting purposes.
If you are unsure of which category code to select, a Business Objects report, which lists all category codes, their definitions, and their associated account value(s), is available to help you determine the appropriate code. The report can be found in Public Folders > UM Maintained > Financials > FN06 Procurement Active Category Listing.
Did you know if you are moving capital equipment within your department, you will need to update the location information and custodian field in Asset Management? See instructions on the Property Control website, under 'forms'.
Property Control can also update Asset Management with the new location. Simply send an email to email@example.com.
If you’d like to receive a monthly “Did You Know” email from Property Control similar to the one pictured, you can join the Property Information group in MCommunity.
JEM Tech Group, a woman-owned small business, has recently renewed its strategic supplier agreement with the university. For the past 12 years, JEM has been able to offer discounts and value-added services that benefit the university community.
Jami M. Moore, president of JEM Tech Group, explained the relationship with Procurement Services has helped JEM develop closer ties to the university. “Each renewal has been a positive experience which plays a key role in our success within the university. Not only have our sales grown, our relationships within the university have grown as well. We are thankful for the opportunity in supporting the university with their IT needs.”
The products and services JEM Tech Group offers help the university achieve full optimization of their mission-critical IT infrastructure covering data centers, telecommunication closets, remote sites, and command and control centers. JEM also offers IT peripherals and other technology-related accessories. The agreement brings campus units and Michigan Medicine under the same supplier umbrella, allowing for opportunities to both standardize equipment and reduce costs.
"The collaboration demonstrated by the various IT groups across the university was a key factor in both developing and finalizing this agreement. The University of Michigan has a diverse and complex set of IT needs, so the input and feedback from our IT partners was invaluable to this entire process and will serve as a model for future efforts,” Ted Eisenhut, procurement manager, said.
Please contact Ted Eisenhut at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 615-9240 if you have additional questions.
Meet Chim Lim, a senior procurement agent, who joined the University of Michigan last August. She is part of the Technology Procurement Team, which is responsible for the university-wide procurement of hardware, software, and IT-related professional services.
Prior to joining U-M, Chim worked at Ford Motor Company, where she was a project manager and a core commodity buyer. “The best and most interesting parts of my job were my collaboration with the customers and experts in diverse technical and scientific areas,” explained Chim. “I enjoyed the interaction and the willingness to solve problems, which was always encouraging and a major factor in the successful outcomes of the projects.”
Chim has been working on request for proposals and sourcing software, program licensing and consulting services for Michigan Medicine, the University Library, Ross School of Business, and several other university departments. She is also the team lead for phase 3 of the Quote to Order project, which involves adding IT temp staffing to the portal.
“I am a product of diverse institutions of the Michigan educational system, I feel fortunate to have now become part of U-M. I am looking forward to working on a wide range of projects with a variety of professionals, with the common goal of achieving the best results for the U-M community,” said Chim.
Chim earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in Project Management from Eastern Michigan University. She is an avid reader and a frequent swimmer, who also practices yoga to stay fit.
She can be reached at (734) 764-6680 or at email@example.com.