The End User Support Team released a whitepaper describing proposed practices for the management of Mac OS desktop computers and notebooks, along with iOS devices (iPads, etc).
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.
The Data Centers & Servers Consolidation Project Team recently presented its project plan to the OneIT Steering Committee.
The Data Center & Server Consolidation project is moving from planning to implementation, and project leaders recently reported to the Program Office on milestones and next steps.
The Communication & Collaboration project team hit a milestone this past week, announcing that more than half of faculty and staff email accounts are now migrated to the cloud.
The Classroom and Collaboration Space IT Support Team released a revised project plan this week. The plan, reviewed with the campus Learning Spaces Advisory Committee and other groups prior to release, was redesigned to reflect changes to other OneIT projects. Project Manager Chris Clark commented that "because there is so much overlap between end user support and conference and classroom space support our team felt it best to align with the End User Support project to ensure those projects were well coordinated."
The three server rooms in the Chemistry Building have been completely vacated of servers and IT-supporting hardware. The rooms have been turned over to Facilities Management and the department for repurposing into offices, storage, or laboratories.
The next set of server rooms slated for decommissioning have been identified. An additional 14 rooms have been earmarked, and the team has communicated to owners that reduction and relocation of their equipment will begin within the next few months.