In 2004, the executive vice chancellor of health affairs had a vision of a joint purchasing initiative for UT System. Over the following two years of careful
study and collaboration among the UT System health institutions, a conclusion was made that a dedicated team of professionals was needed to pursue the initiative.
In 2006, the initiative was adopted and incorporated into the UT System Strategic Plan 2006–2015, which was approved by the Board of Regents. The two objectives
within the strategic plan that are directly related to this initiative are "Improving Health in Texas" and "Improving Productivity and Efficiency." These
objectives stated that there should be expanded use of joint purchasing and that a framework should be in place by June 30, 2007.
On July 1, 2007, the Strategic Sourcing Team was established; it commenced formal activities on September 1, 2007. This team is comprised of a dedicated staff
of experienced supply chain professionals solely committed to the pursuit of UT System Supply Chain Alliance activities.
Today, the Alliance services over twenty-five institution members both within the University of Texas and accross higher education institutions in Texas. In addition to Strategic Sourcing the newly renamed Strategic Services Group or SSG, provides member instiution's a Collaborative Framework that includes: supplier relationship management, e-commerce technology, business intelligence, subject matter expert interfacing, and Historically Underutillized Business (HUB) outreach programs. Driven by "excellence", the SSG works closely with member institutions to continuously exceed expectations while being guided by a highly structured and engaging strategic plan.