Looking Forward in 2015

Posted on: January 8, 2015

Here are some major IT@UT initiatives projects already underway and projects that are IT Governance priorities to watch in 2015:

  • Network Upgrades : The campus-wide Wireless Access Point (WAP) Replacement Project is upgrading roughly half of the ~6,800 wireless network access points across campus. These upgrades will greatly improve wireless network service because the old WAPs are nearing their end of service. The replacement project began in the residence halls in summer 2014 and continues with the rest of campus through spring 2015. ITS and Unit investments in this mission critical upgrade will be about $2 million. Learn more about the WAP Replacement Project website .
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Deployment Project : The VoIP Project is on track to be completed in August 2015. In March 2012, IT Governance approved the replacement of the University’s aging, copper-based telephone system with a more affordable and easier to maintain VoIP technology. 13,200 of 22,000 lines have been converted or removed to date. ITS invested $2 million for the VoIP equipment and another $2 million for the implementation contractor. Units are projected to also invest about $4 million for building remediation and new phone sets. Learn more on the VoIP Deployment Project wiki page
  • Office 365 Migrations : Recommendations of the Architecture and Infrastructure Committees (AIC) Calendaring and Email Subcommittee were approved by the AIC on December 12, 2014, paving the way for Phase 2 planning for more migrations to Office 365. The Office 365 team is currently working with individual departments to clean-up on-premise Exchange data and start Office 365 pre-migration testing.  Office 365 is much more stable than it was when we started migrations in 2013, and many people on campus are enjoying the brand New Outlook for Mac option.
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) Technology Selection Project : The IAM Technology Selection team has completed its work and planning for the implementation of new and enhanced IAM services via an IAM Modernization Program which is underway. Identity and Access Management (IAM) refers to the systems and processes that enable students, faculty, staff, and other groups (such as alumni) to gain access to campus systems they should have access to while preventing them from accessing those they should not. Learn more on the IAM Technology Project website
  • Building Security System Removal : As a result of IT Governance funding decisions for Building Access Control and Security (BACS), a large multi-year project is beginning in 2015 to remove BACS equipment no longer wanted by Units. BACS was subsidized by the old telephone rates; IT Governance directed that those hidden subsidies be removed by lowering the monthly phone rate as units convert to VoIP, and instituting new BACS rates in the future. Estimated budget for removal and remediation is $3 million.

Other priority projects include implementing the new core web pages using responsive web design, working with the Center for Teaching and Learning to complete the transition to the Canvas Learning Management System, retiring under-utilized ITS services, and contributing to the Administrative Systems Modernization Program.

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