Projects

Information Technology Services achieves projects to provide an unparalleled IT environment and to support world-class research and teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.

ITS Priority Projects

Priority Projects are identified by the ITS leadership team in consultation with university executive leadership. The list is intended to be used as a decision-making tool for ITS staff to focus effort on the highest priority work first and to enable ITS to bring the greatest value to the University.

The following projects comprise the current ITS priorities:

  • End Date:
    February 2019

    The Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy university-owned Mac, Apple TV, or iOS devices. The Apple/DEP program will implement Apple's free service for educational institutions that helps streamline device and application deployments. The value Apple/DEP offers to campus is improved security and tracking of inventory.

  • End Date:
    September 2018

    A celebrated entrance to campus is an entrance that receives high traffic and high security. To provide access control, video surveillance and a safety hub (call box, difibulator, stop the bleed kit, and location) will be provided at the celebrated entrance of all buildings at The University of Texas at Austin. Providing celebrated entrances aligns with the Department of Public Safety recommendations to have access control on all ITS our buildings.

  • End Date:
    Non-ending

    In support of capital construction projects, ITS designs, reviews, inspects, and installs communication infrastructure and systems. For fiscal year 2019-2024, there are 9 capital construction projects worth over $874 million (inclusive of facilities such as the Energy Engineering Building and the South End Zone addition) on the UT System Capital Improvement Program (total project costs >$10M) for the UT Austin campus.  At any given time there are approximately forty additional active smaller projects (PMCS, ITS, or direct customer engagements). The value provided to the university is connectivity to educate, research, and conduct university business in those new spaces (e.g., wireless/wired Internet access).

  • End Date:
    Non-ending

    Cellular carriers are working on multiple projects to add and enhance equipment used to provide cellular services on the main campus which ITS oversees. The value of enhanced equipment is improving cellular connectivity for faculty, students, and staff.

  • End Date:
    Est. December 2020
    The EPSS Replacement project aims to replace the current Building Access Control software, physical security devices, and servers currently being managed across the university by ITS UDC-EPSS, towards meeting the DPS recommendation of an unified physical access security and video surveillance system at UT.
  • End Date:
    January 2019

    "attwifi" will be replaced with a new Wi-Fi network called "utguest" this December.  eduroam will be offered for visitors to our campus and our community visiting other campuses. The value of the project is providing Wi-Fi to visitors, and for our visitors to other campuses.

  • End Date:
    Non-ending

    SailPoint IdentityIQ (IIQ) provides group- and role-based authorization management services for the university, improving efficiency of onboarding processes and addressing security vulnerabilities caused by delays in removal or authorizations when employees leave the university (or change roles within the university). SailPoint IIQ provides campus with a modern, business-oriented, governance-based identity management solution.

  • End Date:
    March 2019

    A new Network Access Point (NAP) has been constructed, and services must now be migrated to it without disrupting university activities. NAPs are specially designed data centers for all the equipment interconnecting university facilities to each other and the world. The value provided by moving services to the new facility is enhanced survivability and capacity to expand with the university's growing network.

  • End Date:
    September 2019

    Regular lifecycle equipment upgrades to core network equipment will be performed as the service is moved to NAP-M. The value of the project is maintaining a performant, secure, vendor supported, and compliant network service that connects all buildings on campus to each other and the Internet. (Current equipment will soon be unsupported.)

  • End Date:
    January 2020

    To support the research mission of the university, upgrades of mechanical, electrical, and rack facilities of the Network Access Point supporting the Pickle Research Campus will be undertaken.

  • End Date:
    February 2019

    The transition of service registration functionality to an up to date, fully supported system allows for more secure and consistent service. The current TRAC system, which is out of support, will be retired.

  • End Date:
    September 2019

    The UTBackup Cloud adoption project will oversee the adoption of the Code42 cloud destination and the implementation of new data retention policies by September 1, 2019. This effort brings UTBackup in line with the latest technology and feature sets offered by end-point backup services. 

  • End Date:
    Action 2 - June 2020

    UTLogin provides centralized authentication (single sign-on) services for more than 250 campus systems. Students, faculty, staff, and guests use UTLogin to access university information technology services and applications. Upgrading to a new version of UTLogin increases stability of authentication services to the university and reduces the overall complexity and maintainability of the system. 

  • End Date:
    February 2019

    Regular lifecycle equipment upgrades to the telephone system will be performed as the service is moved to NAP-M. The value of the project is maintaining a reliable, secure, vendor supported and compliant telephone service for the university. (Current equipment will soon be unsupported.)

  • End Date:
    March 2019

    About a thousand Wireless Access Points (WAPs) are nearing the end of vendor support and must be upgraded, or they will stop functioning. The value of upgrading is continuing to provide wireless access in the areas served by these WAPs.