The CIO Council meets this week.
CATIE meets this week.
All Universities should be prepared to participate in the EDUCAUSE Core Data project. Our participation enables TAMUS Universities to maintain an IHE waiver from providing data required of other State agencies.
With the conclusion of the 84th legislative session, DIR wanted to give our organization an update on bills related to purchasing through the Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative contracts. As you may know, there were several bills that focused on strengthening the state’s contracting processes and procedures. In the end, Senate Bill 20 passed and was recently signed into law by Governor Abbott. While the new legislation implements several changes related to procurement and contracting, it does not pertain to institutions of higher education. That means our organization may continue to use DIR’s technology contracts as we previously have, both now and after the bill goes into effect on September 1. As you are aware, DIR’s cooperative purchasing program saves us time and money by leveraging the bulk buying power of the state while providing great value on the latest technology products and services. Their contracts comply with all state purchasing requirements, and customers can negotiate deeper discounts directly with vendors to save even more. For more information, browse through their contracts here. For updates on other technology-related legislation, visit their technology legislation page.
Registration is now open for the 2015 Chancellor’s Summit on Academic Technology, which will be held in College Station, TX on Thursday, June 25th at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Register here: Chancellor’s Summit Registration. The event is free of charge and open to all A&M System faculty and staff. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 22nd, 5pm. Building upon the success of last year’s summit, this event is designed to bring technology professionals and academic leadership across the A&M System to share information and ideas on important academic technology issues that impact the member institutions.
System-Wide Contracting News
The Board Office has selected Diligent as the new board portal solution for TAMUS.
The RFP responses for Member governance are being reviewed this week.
The RFI responses for the Maestro RFI are being reviewed this week.
The RFP for a Digital COE is being reviewed by OGC.
TAMUS is finalizing the amendment to engage SolutionsPlus to provide RFP evaluation assistance for the Banner Services RFP.
Siteimprove checks web pages, every five days, for spelling, grammar, broken links, and accessibility. The cost is 54 cents per web page per year. Any Members interested in adding this service need to contact me directly.
The System-wide agreement with Cisco WebEx allows Members to purchase licenses for their entire faculty/administrators at the low cost of $1.44/month/license.
Syncplicity licensing is available for all Members.
TAMUS released the RFP for a system integrator to assist in the implementation of Workday. The Request for Proposal (RFP) has been posted on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) which can be found by clicking on the following link: Workday System Integrator RFP. A Respondent Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015, 1pm – 3pm. The Pre-Proposal Conference is not mandatory, but prospective Respondents are strongly encouraged to attend. TAMUS intends to present general information, which may be helpful in the preparation of responses and to offer Respondents the opportunity to ask questions concerning this RFP. The Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at: Moore-Connally Building, 301 Tarrow Street, Room 122, College Station, TX 77840.
All questions concerning this RFP are to be directed, in writing, to Jeff Zimmermann at email@example.com. The due date for this RFP is by 2:00 PM Central Time – July 23, 2015.
TAMU will be meeting with the component #1 vendor (data center build out) for a fourth time this week. The evaluation of the second component (compute and storage) and third components (IT services) will commence in June.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Engineering to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- Chancellor’s Academic Technology Summit – June 25th-26th