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.

IT Active and Proposed Projects

The IT Active and Proposed Projects listing is a communications tool that provides visibility to IT-driven, non-routine campus-impacting changes. Campus colleagues are welcome to engage with service owners about the project if there is a need for more information or to provide input. While some items are actively in progress, others are tentative pending approval and resourcing. The IT Active and Proposed Projects listing does not include unplanned emergencies and should not be considered comprehensive. The list will be updated on a quarterly basis based on changing university needs.

IT Highlighted Projects

Details for some projects are listed below.

  • End Date:
    Est. December 2021

    The EPSS Replacement project will be replacing the current Building Access Control (BACS) and intrusion software systems, and related physical security devices currently being managed across the university by ITS UDC-EPSS. 

  • End Date:
    12/31/2023

    The EPM program is being led and planned by IT representatives from many colleges, schools, and units with the following goals:

    • Consistent, shared vision and expectations for endpoint management across the campus
    • Greater security of end-user endpoints, both on and off campus, by moving to secure EPM tools and adopting uniform logging and patching practices
    • Increased operational efficiency achieved by leveraging a core EPM team to maintain central tools, allowing CSU staff to focus on supporting local needs
    • Collaborative operational model that relies on shared ownership and knowledge-sharing between the central EPM team and campus units
  • End Date:
    Ongoing

    The Guest Authentication Project will provide an alternate method of authentication for external users who need to access online university resources. The recommended solution is to make external identities consumable by campus applications using a centrally provided gateway. The project team has been working to deploy selected features offered by the selected vendor, Cirrus Identity, to rollout with early adopters. If you are interested in becoming an early adopter of the Guest Authentication Service, please reach out to the Identity and Access Management team. 

  • End Date:
    Ongoing

    Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) Modernization is a phased approach to modernize the university's Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems, business processes, data management, and technical architecture. IGA Modernization includes implementing new tools, the transition/retirement of legacy tools, and the bridging and integration work required to maintain IAM services. The first phase will be dedicated to password management.

  • End Date:
    August 2022

    The University of Texas at Austin is excited to offer students a Microsoft 365 account. Currently, students are required to manually create an account using the Microsoft Web Portal to take advantage of these accounts and the suite of applications available in the Microsoft environment. To reduce this barrier to entry and provide access to Microsoft tools on day one, this project will allocate a Microsoft 365 account to all students before class instruction begins. Providing access to applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Exchange Online, Teams, and OneDrive will give students the tools needed to succeed in their academic careers at the university. 

    Learn more about your Microsoft 365 account

  • End Date:
    12/31/2021

    The Next Generation Network Project will address data network issues identified by both internal and external reviews providing:

    1. Improved service for students, faculty, and staff by providing consistently good wireless and wired networks
    2. Increased security with a focus on protecting faculty research and university intellectual property by responding rapidly to threats
    3. Greater operational efficiency enabling College, School, and Unit IT staff to focus on local missions, while shifting the burden of compliance, accountability, and budgets to central ITS
  • End Date:
    Summer 2022

    The University White Pages Directory (WHIPS) is a public directory service that contains the public contact information of students, faculty, and staff. The IAM Committee endorsed a proposal from the Information Security Office (ISO) to add EID authentication to the directory web application (https://directory.utexas.edu) and remove LDAP and finger access. This change would limit the ability of bad actors to scrape data from WHIPS for use in various types of attacks. Upon review of this action, the IAM team determined that WHIPS customers and the public Directory website could be transitioned from WHIPS to the uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED), thus allowing the retirement of the LDAP and finger components of the WHIPS service.

    The directory web application (https://directory.utexas.edu) will continue to be available behind EID authenticaton. 

  • End Date:
    February 2023

    Nearly 5,000 old WAPs (model 2700/3700) across over 130 buildings will be lifecycled to maintain support and increase capabilities.