University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign IT Recognized by EdScoop

IT partners at the U of I were recognized as one of 16 nationally awarded Innovation of the Year winners.

Chief Information Officer Mairéad Martin, herself a 2023 EdScoop Higher Education IT Executive of the Year award winner, is proud to share that the IT partners across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been recognized by EdScoop as one of 16 nationally awarded Innovation of the Year winners!

The Transition to Teams initiative was selected for this award which celebrates cutting-edge higher education efforts that make operations more efficient or improve the student experience through innovation.

Congratulations to all the IT partners across the University who collaborated to achieve great things. Your hard work and talents are recognized by the industry and we’re so happy to have worked together on this effort!

The Microsoft Teams Transition Project was a multi-year, cross-campus effort to transition our university from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams as the primary phone communication tool. There were more than 350 people across campus involved in the process, and the team migrated more than 19,000 accounts from Skype to Teams. The migration is expected to save 600 hours per year, and allowed for more than 40 physical and virtual servers to be decommissioned.

The EdScoop 50 awards honor the best and brightest who make higher education more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the top leaders across the landscape and acknowledge tireless efforts to make a positive impact in the university community.

CIO Mairéad Martin was selected as one of EdScoop's top IT Executives of the year