Twenty-two vendors submitted proposals to the TAMU Dollar Data Center RFP.
A working group is being established to develop a Project Management Practices – TAC 216 Companion Guide for The Texas A&M University System. Alison Winslow from the Texas A&M IT PMO will coordinate this effort and the first meeting of the working group will be on February 11 during the Technology Summit. Expect mail from Alison Winslow (firstname.lastname@example.org) this week with an invitation to appoint members of the working group.
You are invited to attend the new Texas A&M University System Technology Summit (formerly the TTVN conference) February 10-13, 2015 in Galveston, Texas. The Technology Summit is open to all Texas A&M University System employees and features 32 interactive sessions in four tracks:
- General IT: sessions include Zero day threats, Managing Macs, DevOps, eSignatures;
- Learning Technologies: sessions include Mobile technology in class, Learning analytics, Next gen learning spaces;
- Web: sessions include Mobile first, Continuous integration and testing, Usability; and
- Shared Services: Syncplicity, Digital signage, Two factor authentication, and 5 more sessions.
Additionally, we will hear from both the System Digital Media Center of Excellence and the System Council on Academic Technology and Innovative Education. The Summit is designed to give you plenty of time to network with your colleagues around the System, speakers, and our exhibitors. There are three pre-Summit workshops on IPv6, mobile site development, and effective teaching available at an additional charge. Register before February 1, 2015 to get the early-registration rate and be entered for the chance to win an iPad.
For details and registration information, visit http://techsummit.tamu.edu.
System-Wide Contracting News
A meeting was held on February 3rd with CATIE representatives to discuss the merit of looking into a System-wide contract for captioning/transcription services. A survey was sent out last week. The results will be made available to the committee this week.
The FOIA/Open Records RFP is expected to be released 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 HR/Payroll Software Selection Project Team will be in Kingsville February 17-20th. Both Oracle/Peoplesoft and Workday will provide demonstrations to faculty, staff and administrators. Their software will offer new functionality for faculty administration and research effort reporting.
The hope is to have IT professionals who provide workflow, reporting or security for their departments on related topics and software participate in the demonstrations so that the Project team can gather their feedback on which solution would best fit from their perspective.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Agrilife to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- CEO/Presidents (February 11th)
- TAMUS IT Summit (February 12th)
- Board of Regents (February 12th)
- CIO Council (February 13th)