ITS: What we did over summer vacation

September 29, 2015

Summer is a busy time for ITS.  From updates and upgrades to implementations and renovations and more, we have facilitated something new for just about everybody returning to UW-Platteville this fall. Check out these highlights:

Updates

  • Transition to Office 2013 continues this fall; Microsoft Quick Guides here!
  • Added wireless access points in four res halls, Ottensman Hall, and the Stadium

Upgrades

  • Upgraded back-up appliances for greater capacity; partnered with UW-Oshkosh as our remote back-up in the event of regional disaster
  • Bolstered virtual desktops toward goal of becoming laptop-friendly campus
  • PASS/PeopleSoft 8.54 – Preparing for future integrations
  • Began storage migration to new servers; to be completed Winterim 2016
  • Upgraded Business Intelligence servers

Renovations

  • Classroom renovations: Otts 070, 103, 122, 127/127a; Doudna 114, 115 (see photo images below)
  • Dobson Hall renovation

Implementations

  • Unified Communications – 1254 phones deployed; more than just new desk phones--mobility options, too!
  • Print release stations in Bears Den and Karrmann Library; Student Printing FAQ
  • Storage on the Go – user-friendly access to most storage, including your J-drive, via the internet
  • “Smart cards” – safer access, easy to use
  • Printer Reduction Project moved to academic areas, continues into Fall 2015

More!

  • New software purchased
  • Business Intelligence continues creating analytic reports for strategic decision-making
    • Dashboards for Financial Services and Admissions Office
    • HRS and SFS reporting (incorporating UW System data)
    • Student success reporting (retention, non-traditional students, veterans)
  • Training held
    • Unified Communications/phones – 143 employees attended 26 sessions (13 demos & 13 hands-workshops)
    • Technology Mashup – 2 days, 34 workshops, 34 facilitators representing nine departments across campus plus faculty; 129 attendees with 377 registrations (see photo gallery below)
  • Videos produced
  • Equipment checkout moved to Help Desk – one-stop shop for laptops and media equipment!

For full list of ITS completed, in-progress, and upcoming projects, go to the Project Dashboard.

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