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Governance roundup for March

Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC)

February 27 • Agenda • Summary

  • Mike Ekstrom, director for Network and Communications Infrastructure (NCI), presented on the new Senate Bill 14 requirements, which include a 911 dialing requirement, as well as language holding organizations accountable to know where every VoIP phone is located.
  • Clayton Barlow, associate director for Enterprise Architecture, and Randy Zimmerman, associate director for Operations & Logistics, presented on the campus-wide printing working group and its progress and assessment thus far.
  • Barlow also gave update on the Network Architecture Community of Practice.
  • Paula Millington, director for the UIT Strategic Planning and Process Team, gave an update on a legislative mandate to have all University buildings hooked up to electricity meters and the two projects that have been created to accommodate this requirement.
  • All items were information-only and no actions were taken at this meeting.
  • The next ANTC meeting will be held on March 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Eccles Broadcast Center, Dumke Room.

Teaching and Learning Portfolio

March 7 • Agenda

  • Paul Burrows, service architect for Teaching and Learning Technologies, gave a review of the Learning Spaces/student computing fees task force meetings thus far, and spoke to some of the trends the task force noticed this year in regards to requests and funding amounts.
  • Jon Thomas, director for Teaching and Learning Technologies, reviewed the current need for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions on campus, and the portfolio had a discussion regarding one suggestion to fund a future enterprise VDI solution. The members ultimately agreed to not pursue the idea, but also agreed that colleges and departments requesting funding for VDI solutions should be encouraged to collaborate whenever possible to reduce the number of VDI solutions purchased on campus.
  • The next Teaching and Learning Portfolio meeting will be held on April 4, 2017.

Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC)

March 21 • Agenda

  • Ian Harvey, research associate professor for the College of Engineering, completed an Add Service request to add a low-code development platform for new app development and he presented this request to the committee. Deputy CIO Ken Pink suggested Harvey's group look into ServiceNow as an alternative before investing into a new solution, and there was general agreement from the committee on this proposal.
  • Marv Hawkins, associate director for University Support Services' product management team, discussed upcoming changes to the Campus Information System portal. The changes are related to design and functionality, in addition to making it a responsive design. The committee suggested more user testing, and asked Hawkins to present again once the new CIS is deployed. 
  • Hawkins also discussed upcoming upgrades to the PeopleSoft Financial system.
  • Ken Pink discussed the recent addition of network-connected electricity usage meters that have been installed throughout campus. These meters are Facilities' responsibility, and the plan is to eventually make that data available in the campus data store.
  • Amy Wildermuth, Professor, Quinney College of Law & associate vice president for faculty, requested the committee review the effect of its changes to the Learning Spaces funding priorities on funding requests. Members looked at the overall requests, which have not yet been funded, and had a lively discussion about the computing fee allocation process and the strategic nature of how those funds support IT operations on campus. There was a desire to continue the conversation at a future meeting.
  • The next SITC meeting will be held on April 18, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Eccles Broadcast Center, Dumke Room.
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