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Online Tool Simplifies How UMD Buys Goods and Services

“Imagine running your family’s budget without knowing your salary,” remarked a university dean recently, referencing the trouble he has accessing critical budget numbers for his school. While a self-professed exaggeration, it exemplifies a universal frustration held by deans and department heads across campus:  the time and effort required to connect money coming in, how it’s being used and where it’s needed is excessive and complicated—and often has already changed by the time it’s compiled.

A streamlined, digital e-procurement system is in the works for the University of Maryland. Why? Because the office of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing keeps the university engines running. Get a taste of their buying power with this new video. To learn more about the e-procurement pilot and receive the latest updates, check out AMP's procurement blog.

The world of biochemistry has changed dramatically in the past 25 years; so have the worlds of architecture, business, political science, and virtually any discipline taught on UMD’s campus today. To prepare students for promising careers in these fields, universities must stay one step ahead of the practice, maintaining a nimble curriculum that includes new methods, technologies and advancements.  

Consider this mathematical problem: a researcher must travel from College Park, Maryland to Columbus, Ohio for a conference. He will spend three days in Columbus and will eat nine meals, but is able to take transit to and from the airport. How long will it take the researcher to complete his Travel Approval Request?

A new tool being developed by UMD’s AMP Procurement Modernization project will provide a more effective option to pulling out the P-card with a robust online shopping portal (think Amazon.com). 

A new cloud-based advising solution currently in development by UMD’s Administration Modernization Program, could help advisors realize a more personal, tailored experience for students at Maryland, by ensuring students receive the same quality and continuity of service across the board, regardless of their major.

Assistant Dean for Finance & Management, College of Agriculture; AMP Budget Model Redesign Team

Based in the Office of the Provost, the Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) pools the collective expertise and experience of the campus community to work on projects that streamline and enhance administrative processes. 

The Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) advances how the University of Maryland sees and organizes money so we can allocate resources intelligently, make investments in the future and keep education affordable. Working closely with experts from across campus, AMP is building a financial foundation that’s more transparent, more efficient and that will arm our community with the funds they need to make fearless ideas a reality.