On Nov. 4, members of the OneIT project teams traveled to Cedar Falls for a retreat with their counterparts from Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. They made progress in several areas, exchanging information about technology plans and strategies and discussing opportunities for collaboration. Going forward, they decided to continue meeting as a full group on an annual basis, and to convene the topical sub-groups as needed throughout the year.
IT professionals from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa will gather Nov. 4 at the UNI campus to exchange information on technology initiatives and discuss opportunities for collaboration. This is the third IT retreat held among the three schools; the first two were hosted at the UI and ISU. The chief information officers from each institution continue to hold weekly conference calls, all part of the broader TIER initiative to enhance collaboration across the schools.
We will hold another series of OneIT Listening Posts this month. These forums, hosted by the Program Office, are open to the broader campus; any employee or student interested in OneIT efforts is welcome. Please help us spread the word to those who might like to attend!
IT professionals: please mark your calendar for the next Town Hall for IT staff, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in 240 Art Building West (ABW). We’ll have OneIT project updates, including next steps for end user support. Associate Vice President and CIO Steve Fleagle will talk briefly about the reporting structure discussions he is having with IT leaders and their supervisors, and we can address any other questions or comments the IT staff would like to cover.
Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle is having conversations with collegiate/administrative IT leaders and their supervisors to move forward with a key OneIT objective, which is to create a unified IT organizational structure for campus to improve coordination and collaboration across the IT community.
We received a question on whether a couple of recent changes are related to, or officially part of, OneIT. Specifically, it was in reference to core IT staff from the Registrar and Admissions offices joining teams in Administrative Information Systems (AIS) over the summer, and about ITS taking on end user support for a handful of campus units. Thanks for the question! We appreciate hearing what you want to know so we can communicate accordingly. Here's a response from Associate VP & CIO Steve Fleagle.
Last week’s OneIT Listening Posts drew more than 70 members of the campus community, who took advantage of the opportunity to discuss individual OneIT projects and the OneIT technology workstream as a whole.
In response to questions from UI faculty about how they can engage with the OneIT process, the OneIT Program Office updated its Faculty Engagement Opportunities guide to help faculty get involved with the OneIT process.
There are two upcoming OneIT Listening Posts, open to anyone on campus who is interested in OneIT activities or has questions.
We’ll have project leaders from the Communications & Collaboration team on hand to answer questions about the upcoming migration of faculty/staff email to Office 365. Staff from the OneIT Program Office will be available to address other questions or comments about OneIT activities.
The listening posts will take place at:
- Thursday, Aug. 6, 3:30-4:30 PM, S401 Pappajohn Business Building
- Friday, Aug. 7, 9-10 AM, 100a (Zopf Auditorium), Pharmacy Building
UI students moved to Office 365 two years ago, and have had positive feedback on the change. We’re excited to expand the service to employees, unifying everyone into the same modern user experience.
The benefits of this upgrade include:
- 50 times larger email quota (from 1 GB to 50 GB – no more deleting old messages!)
- 1TB of cloud file storage through OneDrive (current home drives are 25 GB). You can access files from anywhere, sync across all devices, and share files and folders with co-workers.
- Each employee can install the full Office Suite for FREE on up to 5 personal computers/devices
- Optional use of online Office apps (Excel, Word, Power Point, & OneNote) for easy collaboration
- Seamless integration with instant messaging, video conferencing, and online meetings
- Office 365 is compatible with smartphones and mobile devices, and accessible through the web
- If you continue using desktop versions of Microsoft applications, like Outlook, your experience won’t change