SHU Technology Update 20110913 DRAFT 20110912

SHU Technology Update
September 2011
Presented to the
Faculty Senate IT Committee
September 13, 2011
Mobile Computing 2.0
• Discussion on the future of Mobile Computing kicked
off Fall 2010 by TLTR Emerging Technologies Group
• Student survey in Spring 2011 showed high
satisfaction overall with Mobile Computing Program,
but that students desired additional options and to
have tech fee folded into flat tuition (survey results
are posted on the TLTR blog)
• IT and TLTR Em Tech group planned significant Tablet
computing pilot project for Fall 2011 to explore use
of tablet technology in teaching and learning
Mobile Computing 2.0 (cont.)
• IT acquired 350 ThinkPad Tablets, an Android-based
and pen-enabled Tablet (similar form factor to the
Apple iPad).
– Distribution starting this week for faculty and select
students in Business Leadership, the sciences (Biology,
Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), and University
Honors Program
– TLTC developing Chem Lab app for Chemistry
– Acquired Android-based version of Blackboard Learn
SHU Mobile App
• The SHU Mobile project is intended to provide access
to University resources via a variety of mobile
• First SHU Mobile app released Fall 2009 for Android,
Blackberry, and iPhone.
• Currently implementing Sungard’s Banner Mobile
Central as cross platform development env.; next
version of SHU Mobile app to be released later this
fall will include mobile access to Banner info
Campus Network Upgrade
• As campus network approached End of Life (EOL),
University IT Services (UITS) launched multiyear
campus network upgrade in Fall 2010.
• Completed:
– Fall 2010: New wired switches installed in most buildings
– Spring 2011: Upgraded campus Internet connection
– Summer 2011: Completed installation of new wireless
access points in most buildings
Campus Network Upgrade (cont.)
• Fall 2011: UITS will go “live” with new 802.11n
network (“campus”). SSID is broadcast. Requires
network authentication (SHU Email credentials) to
• Future Work:
Upgrade firewalls and bandwidth management systems
Replace network core switches
Replace fiber between buildings
Decommissioning “@400SoAve#” SSID and most wired
ports (per original plan discussed Fall 2010)
• Upgraded to Banner 8 in Oct 2010
• Banner Workflow and Banner Enterprise Data
Warehouse install scheduled for Fall 2011
• Launching major enhancement to Banner reporting
with install of Cognos in Fall 2011
• Planning launch of Banner Recruitment and
Admissions Banner Relationship Management
modules in Summer 2012
• Banner 9 will be Generally Available Summer 2012
“Academic Admin” Systems
• Starfish enhanced “early warning” system going
“live” this month for Academic Affairs
• UITS updated the Annual Reporting DB for CEHS in
Spring 2011; currently used by SSoB and CEHS
• IT discontinuing license for Blackboard Assessment
Module effective 1/2012; funds re-allocated to
license Passport assessment tool for CEHS’s NCATE
Campus Email
• Installed MS SharePoint as collaboration supplement
to MS Exchange email; will be made available to
University community for document repositories
later in Fall 2011
• For Fall 2011 Microsoft has been contracted to
– Re-populate MS Live accounts for faculty, staff, and
employees to eliminate “” domain; this will
make it easier to access MS Live services (e.g., Skydive and
the MS Live collaboration tools)
– Implement MS ILM for student email account generation
and password synchronization with SHU passwords
Campus Web and Communication
• Redesigned student portal layout for Fall 2011.
Focus groups guiding redesign of faculty and
employee layouts.
• Exploring improved Web tools with library for library
page and portal, including federated search
• CommonSpot upgrade scheduled for Summer 2011
postponed to Fall awaiting critical patch from vendor
• University Advancement planning redesign of Web
site to support new capital campaign
Campus Web and Communication (cont.)
• Working with PR on redesign of broadcast email; for
most users broadcast email will be replaced with
muti-channel communications (Web, Web calendar,
portal channels, and bi-weekly broadcast digests).
• Campus emergency notification system (Everbridge)
scheduled for replacement next summer; SA is
planning move to Rave Wireless
Additional Resources / Disc Documents
• IT News and Announcements Blog
• TLTR Blog
• IT Portfolio of Projects
Executive Summary – Sept 2011
• DoIT 2010 Annual Report