Updates on Workday (Why an HCM? Why Workday? Who is Workday? Etc.), the TAMU Data Center (Why a new data center? Why this strategy? Etc.), and the Security Operations Center (Why a Security Operations Center? What will it do? Etc.) were made to the CEO/Presidents and the Board of Regents last week. The updates were well received.
The Service Now Steering Committee meets this week.
The Digital Center of Excellence Steering Committee meets this week.
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: http://tx.ag/CSAT2015Registration.
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.
Summit keynote speaker is Dr. Ellen Wagner, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Network. Her talk will be about the new directions in higher education and student success. Sessions topics, presented by individuals representing various A&M institutions, include (subject to modification):
- Intellectual Property
- Next Generation Learning Spaces
- Identity, Collaboration, and Impact: Enhancing Research With Open, Integrated Digital Systems
- Demystifying Virtualization: Perspectives and Lessons Learned
- Change Management for Technology Professionals
- Creating and Growing Online Programs
- Competency-based Learning and Alternative Credentials
- Accessibility and Universal Design
- Task force updates on accessibility, identity management and authentication, quality assurance in online and blended education, and state authorization
Following the Summit sessions, there will be a reception for the summit participants, hosted by Chancellor John Sharp. The plenary sessions will be broadcast live and recorded. By registering for the event, you consent to having your image and/or audio possibly included as part of the broadcast and recording. For questions related to the Summit or if you require an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact:
Ms. Sheri Pappas, Coordinator of Academic Initiatives, The Texas A&M University System
System-Wide Contracting News
Open Records Management System Demos – AINS and WebQA demos will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015, in room 122 of the Moore/Connally Building. GovQA will present from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. AINS will present from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. You are invited to attend the demonstration in person or by webinar to enable you to see each system’s capabilities and ask questions. Your input will help us make the best choice for the A&M System and we hope you and/or your key staff can participate. Please contact me for information about the two Webinars.
Adobe reached out to TAMUS about offering a revised System-wide ELA agreement. The System Office will make their revised proposal(s) available as soon as they are received.
The RFPs for Member Governance, Maestro RFI, and Digital Mobile RFP are being reviewed by OGC.
TAMUS is finalizing the amendment to engage SolutionsPlus to provide RFP evaluation assistance for the Banner Services RFP.
Eight companies responded to an RFP for an Electronic Board Book Portal. That list has been cut down to four finalists. Dates and times for the demonstrations will be worked out this week.
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 third round of negotiations with Workday take place this week. Work is focused on the cost, the timing of the first payment, and a handful of services being requested.
TAMU began negotiations with the component #1 vendor (data center build out) last week. The evaluation of the second component (compute and storage) and third components (IT services) will commence in Mid-May.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Agrilife to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- No trips scheduled for this week
- North Dakota (May 11-12)