Network Services plans to upgrade existing network protocol load balancers and enable tranfering load to remote data centers. We plan to use a combination of virtual and physical load balancers. During this refresh we will also implement F5 test systems.
UNI is upgrading voicemail systems. The new systems integrates with Google GMail and can send e-mail notifications of new voicemail messages. The system has been in a pilot mode since April and went live 7/23/15. The previous voicemail system is being decomissioned 10/1/15. We are planning a modification to voicemail and e-mail integration and are preparing for implementation Fall 2015.
Targeting a May 2015 release, ITS-Information Systems will be upgrading the PeopleTools code base of all Student Systems. This will allow the Student Information System and MyUNIverse to take on new features with future patches for those systems as well as keep these systems supported by Oracle.
This upgrade should not affect the current functionality of these systems. However, we will be taking advantage of new branding options and making the student systems look closer to that of the UNI web space.
While UNI has had self service password reset functionality for several years, the system is being reworked to allow students to register external email addresses or phones that can be used to reset forgotten pass phrases via email or SMS messaging.
We have begun the process of upgrading phone handsets to voice over IP handsets. 2,400 handsets digital and analog handsets will be upgraded throughout all buildings on campus. As of 6/23/2015 1,943 9611G handsets have been placed. The next phase will focus on houses, special call centers, conference rooms and pending a ResNet core upgrade, UNI residence halls.
UNI has procured and is deploying a Service Oriented Architecture Framework. This framework allows us to deploy reusable web based services which simplify interfaces between University systems and departments, as well as external service providers. This not only reduces overhead, but in most cases provides more timely data to our systems.
UNI has implemented and is using the OnBase imaging system from Hyland Software. We currently have Human Resources using the system, as well as some functions of the Registrar's office. We are actively working with Financial Aid and Admissions on bringing document imaging to their offices as well.
This project will continue to serve new business processes and areas as they are identified. If you have documents and processes you would like to discuss moving to document imaging, please contact one of the following people:
ITS-Information Systems refreshes system hardware every 5 years. Up until this point we have run most of our environment on Sun Sparc hardware in virtualized zones. However with the ever increasing power of x86 systems and the lower cost, it is now feasible to run our large administrative systems on this hardware.
We have completed trial conversions of all key systems, and are now building the infrastructure to support the converted systems. In April 2014 we will begin conversions and plan to have nearly all systems converted by the fall of 2014.
In October 2013 UNI signed an agreement with Blackboard Mobile to provide us with a hosted mobile computing solution. UNI staff configure the site to our look and feel and point it to data that already exists in our systems and systems of our service providers. The initial release occurred January 1, 2014.
The University has been building a comprehensive data warehouse for the past several years. At this point all of student records is in the warehouse and being used. In 2013 we completed modeling for the Universities financial data and plan to deploy that to users in the spring of 2014.
Additional projects slated for attention are:
Revenue allocation by enrollment has begun research in early 2014, with hopes for deployment in late 2014
HR/Payroll will be started in late 2014