Interim CIO Message – Spring 2024

UMS Colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring 2024 edition of the UMS:IT Connections Newsletter. IT Connections is intended to provide news and updates on key information technology services and initiatives underway across the University of Maine System. We aim to help you remain up-to-date and glean useful insights into resources.

We are excited to share the latest news and updates from the UMS:IT team in this Spring edition. The Repaving MaineStreet project article includes sneak peaks at Oracle Recruiting Cloud available here. Oracle Recruiting Cloud will replace HireTouch on July 1. Other highlights and projects in this edition include the transition of UMS Academy compliance training from Infobase to BrightSpace, the Advancement CRM implementation, and improvements in UMS Campus Card services.

I would like to take the opportunity to mention the transition of Chief Information Officers. First, I want to convey UMS:IT’s thanks to David Demers who served as the UMS Chief Information Officer from 2017 to 2024. Through David’s leadership, UMS:IT pursued some significant improvements and, as a result, the University of Maine System has a strong IT organization ready to face new challenges. Following David’s resignation, a national search for a new CIO was initiated by the UMS.  We are on the cusp of selecting a new CIO and are excited about the opportunities this will bring to provide further enhancements to UMS:IT.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue of the IT Connections newsletter. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.



John Forker

Interim Chief Information Officer