Several professionals from the OneIT community won Improving Our Workplace Awards (IOWA) in recognition of innovative projects that have a lasting positive impact on the institution. Senior Software Developer Michael Alberhasky of Information Technology Services (ITS) won an individual award for creating a HawkID password reset tool. A team award went to the Drupal Digital Signage Team, which through tremendous collaboration launched a cost-effective and user-friendly service for electronic billboards on campus.
Lance Bolton, senior IT director of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Technology Services, has received the 2016 Information Technology Leadership Award in recognition of his exemplary contributions to the university’s IT community.
The award, co-sponsored by the IT Leadership Development Team and Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Steve Fleagle, was presented to Bolton during the annual UI Tech Forum, attended by hundreds of IT professionals May 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Campus IT professionals gave their children a taste of technology careers through the inaugural Take Our Children to Work Day. At the April 28 event, 24 children programmed their own video game, navigated ball-shaped robots through a colorful obstacle course, and toured the College of Engineering.
Registration for the May 24 Tech Forum is now open, and all University of Iowa tech professionals are welcome to attend. View program details and sign up at http://techforum.uiowa.edu. The annual event draws IT professionals from across campus and serves as a valuable community-building and learning opportunity. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 18.
Through a coordinated institution-wide effort, the UI accomplished the task of activating managed whole disk encryption on over 5,500 university mobile computing devices. The IT community will now turn its attention to the remainder of the Board of Regents’ charge, encrypting portable storage dev
Students can now access their UI information and records, course websites, and a host of key resources through a new student portal at MyUI.uiowa.edu.
MyUI replaces the Iowa Student Information System (ISIS) and provides a convenient one-stop hub to the university systems, applications, and sites they use on a daily basis.
The campus is asked to please update all references and links to reflect the new MyUI name and website, MyUI.uiowa.edu. Website redirects are in place to point users to the new portal.
The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) project has successfully delivered eCOI, eIACUC, eIBC, Tracker, eDsp-Work Control, eDSP-Work Queue, and Research Portal functionality. Collectively, those applications have made a big impact on reducing administrative burden for researchers and support staff.
Much of the success is credited to a partnership struck in 2010 between the Office of Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) and ITS-Administrative Information System (AIS). Under that arrangement, RIS Director Jose Jimenez has served on the AIS Leadership Team, RIS has been considered an AIS workgroup, and RIS staff have participated in ITS and AIS activities.
Now entering the final stages of the eRA project, the teams are exploring fresh ways to support the eRA project and applications going forward. One result is a decision to shift RIS staff into AIS while maintaining the dual reporting relationship.
In recent months, OneIT Leaders and Associate Vice President & CIO Steve Fleagle have developed concepts for the future state of IT on the UI campus. Everyone will have to work together to realize that future and it will entail changes big and small. Today Fleagle announced two initial steps toward achieving the future state the OneIT Leaders have described:
- Proceeding with the merger of ITS Enterprise Services and Enterprise Infrastructure to unify teams that provide the bulk of commodity IT services to campus
- Making permanent Guy Falsetti’s role as the leader of the ITS Enterprise Infrastructure workgroups and adding formal responsibility for Enterprise IT Architecture as it relates to our campus infrastructure
Nominations for the inaugural TIER Excellence Awards are being accepted through April 11. We have many, many deserving candidates devoting time and energy to bring OneIT initiatives to fruition, so please consider participating in this opportunity for recognition. Recipients receive $1,000 and a commemorative gift in the categories of: Advancing TIER Implementation, Service Excellence, and Innovation and Process Improvement.
In a series of recent future state planning retreats, OneIT leaders have developed high-level concepts for the culture, structure, and governance of IT on campus. A draft summary of the themes is now available. These concepts will be presented, along with project updates and other successes of collaboration, at a Town Hall for IT professionals and at listening posts for the broader campus community in April.