Good news. SB20 was re-written allowing IHEs to be exempted from most of the new procurement rules being imposed upon state agencies. One of the major reasons is established procurement rules for IHE systems that are equal to or more mature than those proposed by SB20. HB 2199 is also worth a quick look if time allows.
TAMUS, TAMU, and TTVN met with representatives of the U.T. System, the University of Texas, and LEARN to discuss moving to a shared unified networking environment. The advantages, disadvantages, and challenges were discussed. Conversations will continue for the next several months.
The final draft of the security policy refresh, now that TAC 202 has been approved, is being reviewed by OGC.
System-Wide Contracting News
You asked for it! Copies of System IT contracts will be available through it.tamus.edu next week with your NetID. We are in final testing and will launch the contracts later this week.
Procurement is evaluating responses to the FOIA/Open records RFP.
Procurement is finalizing the RFP for Member Governance, an RFI for a replacement of Maestro, and the RFP for digital mobile application development/support.
TAMUS is reviewing the latest RFP draft for Banner Services.
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.
The HR/Payroll Executive Steering Committee selected Workday as the Human Capital Management System replacement for BPP. Contract negotiations with Workday will commence this week as will the development of an RFP for a Workday system integrator.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Agrilife to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- South Texas (April 13-15th)