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Guidelines for Acquiring Information Systems at MUSC

The process of identifying, evaluating, and selecting an information system must take into consideration a number of business issues and needs prior to the solicitation process – not only for the requesting department, but also for MUSC as a whole. The following processes and approval mechanisms (Stage Gate) should be used as general guidelines to follow when information systems purchases are pursued. These processes DO NOT negate or function in place of existing solicitation and purchasing processes employed by University and/or MUHA purchasing. These guidelines are intended to help clarify those processes further for purchases of IT-related equipment.

What is an IT-related purchase?

Basically, anything relative to “data processing” (i.e. CPUs, peripheral equipment, software hardware, scanners, operating systems, etc.), telecommunications, office systems technologies, and technology services. The Office of the CIO wants to work closely with MUSC departments in evaluating new information technology initiatives in order to achieve the following goals:

  • Prevent duplication of effort or expenditures
  • Review feasible alternatives for addressing needs, including available resources
  • Achieve consistency with standards & guidelines to maximize information and IS integration
  • Assess effect on the information infrastructure, institutional staff, and other MUSC resources
  • Monitor performance and results, sharing lessons learned throughout the enterprise.

New System Purchase Application Documents: 

MUSC IT Review and Procurement Process 



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