Given the A&M System’s partnership with the University of Texas System through LEARN, I pass along this note.
The University of Texas System is planning to conduct an end-to-end review of the Office of Telecommunications Systems (OTS) and the Wide Area Network (WAN) that provides the connections to their campuses, the Internet and beyond. They have engaged the consulting firm WTC, Inc. WTC is a recognized expert in the field of IT, networking and telecommunications consulting and strategy, with an elite client list in the areas of higher education and healthcare.
The review effort formally kicked off with WTC on November 2, 2015. The scope of the engagement includes an in-depth evaluation of the current service offering, overall WAN design, organization, equipment, infrastructure and the financial model. As part of this evaluation, WTC will be accompanied by OTS personnel to examine the WAN connections at each of the System institutions. And, as part of the evaluation, they will want to gather input as well.
WTC will schedule time for a conversation to garner their thoughts on current and future state of OTS. WTC will provide recommendations for a future state that are consistent with industry and higher education best practices and trends. These recommendations will include how to effectively leverage other educational wide area network partners in Texas. The future state will be also be compared to other Tier I Research and academic university systems to better position the UT System WAN to meet and exceed the challenges ahead. The review is expected to last approximately six months.
System-Wide Contracting News
The committee scoring the Student Information Systems RFP met last week and narrowed down the list of respondents to three finalists. Requests for best and final offers will be made this week.
The committee evaluating the RFP for Mobile Application Services continues to negotiate with the preferred vendor.
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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.
Project Helios Updates:
- A second addendum was posted for the Project Helios IV&V (Independent Verification & Validation) RFP. The RFP and documentation can be found at Project Helios IV&V RFP.
- Discussions continue to help Deloitte and Workday understand the details of our HR and payroll processes. Workshops this week focused on Position Budgeting, Effort Certification, Integration Orientation, Labor Distribution, Payroll and Position Management.
- The team is focusing their first three months on visioning and planning the Workday implementation. High-level scope meetings this week focused on Safety and Self-Service. An initial list of in-scope integrations is taking shape.
- No trips scheduled for this week.