Finally! The new System-wide contract with Examity has been signed. Members are free to contract with Examity to provide the member with services. Contact me for the agreement.
The Project Helios Executive Sponsor Meeting will be held on Tuesday.
All Higher Education IRMs/CIOs will be receiving an email from DIR this week. DIR is required to submit an IT spending report to state leadership on November 15th, 2016 (Gov. Code Chapter 2054.055). One component of the report is a summary of the total expenditures of information resources technologies by the state. This data is presented in aggregate by object of expense. The sources of these data are CPA data (State agencies) and Educause CDS data (Institutions of Higher Education). DIR uses your CDS Survey data to eliminate the need to obtain that data directly from each institution of higher education. Even though you may have given past permission to use your CDS data, EDUCAUSE requires institutions the option to withdraw permission every two years. As such, you will be asked to agree that EDUCAUSE may share your institution’s 2015 and 2016 CDS data with DIR.
The following email was distributed last week from the System Marketing Communications:
Since launching in April, Texas A&M University’s new mobile app developed by Modo Labs has been a tremendous addition to the College Station campus. Its usefulness has become even clearer as students returned en masse this fall – on the first day of classes, 90 percent of the 27,000 visits to the university’s online map came through the app!
This week, Modo Labs launched a new blog series highlighting schools that use their services. Because of Texas A&M’s early success, they had the honor of being the first university featured. Modo Labs spoke with Erick Beck and Michael Green from Texas A&M’s implementation team about how they are using the app to improve the move-in experience, stay connected with students and alumni, and encourage best practices for university-affiliated websites, among other things.
The entire conversation is worth a read.
If system members are interested in developing a similar app and utilizing Texas A&M’s Modo Labs master contract, they can get more information from Mark Stone, the system’s chief information officer.
System-Wide Contracting News
Current System-wide Contracts
- Access Data provides members with preservation hold software. (in annual assessment)
- Banner COE provides members with Banner-related services under a master contract (discretionary)
- Cisco SmartNet (discretionary)
- Diligent provides board portal functionality for all members. (discretionary)
- Duo provides two-factor authentication for all members. (discretionary)
- Examity provides members with on-line proctoring services under a one-year master contract. (discretionary contract)
- Hootsuite enables members to manage social networks, schedule messages and measure social media from a dashboard under a master contract. (discretionary)
- Modo Labs provides mobile application development support for all members. (discretionary)
- Proofpoint email filtering and data loss prevention tools are available for all members. (in annual assessment)
- Security Operations Center (in annual assessment)
- 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 member interested in adding this service need to contact me directly. (discretionary)
- StealthWatch provides cyber security monitoring for all members. (in annual assessment)
- Syncplicity licensing is available for all members. (in annual assessment)
- WebEx is available to all members. Faculty/administrators can obtain licenses at the low cost of $1.44/month/license. (discretionary)
- WebQA is the TAMUS approved Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) solution for all members. (in annual assessment)
System-wide Contracts Under Development
- Comevo will provide members with online orientation software services (discretionary contract).
- Docusign will provide members with electronic signature and related workflow capabilities under a master contract (discretionary contract).
- ProctorU will provide members with on-line proctoring services under a one-year master contract (discretionary contract). If you are interested in looking at the proposal, I can forward it to you.
- Respondus will provide members with on-line proctoring services under a one-year master contract (discretionary contract). If you are interested in looking at the proposal, I can forward it to you.
Project Helios (Workday)
- Configuration of our second prototype (Prototype 2) continued.
- Reviews of Prototype 2 have been scheduled between November 16, 2016 and January 4, 2017. HRO’s have received the detailed review schedule.
- The data conversion team continued loading data into Prototype 2.
- The security team continued to work on the process for how members will match everyone receiving a paycheck or benefits from the A&M System with the security role(s) that make sense for the work they need to do in Workday. A meeting to kick off the security role mapping process is schedule with the Project Coordinators on October 11.
- Kansas City (October 10-14)