The End User Support project is making strides in its charge to provide device deployment and management as a campus-wide service. In support of that effort, four IT professionals from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Technology Services will join forces with ITS Enterprise Services March 2, blending complementary skill sets to build a foundation for the new central service.
The Data Centers & Servers Project is partnering with Facilities Management (FM) to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Building Challenge (BBC), an initiative to assist colleges and corporations that operate data centers in reducing energy consumption. The University of Iowa’s goal is a 25 percent reduction in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) at the Information Technology Facility (ITF) by 2020.
OneIT will soon hit a milestone as the first of 16 projects moves into closeout phase. Electronic File Storage will continue to be an important area of concentration for the OneIT community as more units adopt the central service offerings, but the scope of the TIER project is complete; the has effort succeeded in making storage more affordable and easier to access.
Shifting from a paper process for end-of-semester course evaluations to a new online assessment tool is more efficient and convenient for students, faculty, and administrative staff. The change is also estimated to save $350,000 per year.
The answers to common questions about the DCS project: reasons for consolidating server rooms, the process of working with researchers/departmental IT staff to ensure a smooth transition, the timeline, options for consolidation, and what happens to server rooms after a consolidation.
Adoption of the Drupal Content Management System for websites continues to expand at the UI, and getting diverse units onto the same technology yields a host of benefits: cost savings, enhanced security, greater expertise, and sharing of custom-developed modules.
A new OneIT program encourages Drupal Digital Signage Service customers to retire old computers used to run their signs in exchange for free, energy-efficient compute sticks. The Drupal Signage Hardware Exchange Program enables units to replace aging computer hardware with new Intel Compute Sticks, which are small, reliable, and easy to maintain.
The OneIT Communication and Collaboration Project Team reports that 95% of the campus is now using cloud-based Office 365 email; more than 47,000 mailboxes have made the transition. The progress meter achieved a nice spike this month, when the Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry moved to Office 365.