TAMU and TAMUS will be meeting with the U.T. System and LEARN on Thursday to continue discussions on building out a shared 100 GB wide area network.
Thursday – across the State – is McAlister’s Free Tea Day (this in included because of my “addiction” to iced tea).
All Universities should be prepared to participate in the EDUCAUSE Core Data project. Our participation enables TAMUS Universities to maintain an IHE waiver from providing data required of other State agencies.
The 2016 Texas A&M University System Technology Summit is February 16-18, 2016. The planning team wants YOUR input. If you want to hear about something specific or from someone specific, please submit or vote on ideas at TechSummit Reddit. If you don’t use Reddit, simply email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMC notified several of the CIOs that Bill Schmarzo, CTO of Global Services’ Big Data Practice will be in College Station on Thursday, August 13th. EMC is working to make this event as accessible to each person that attends the sessions. As such, they are planning for the session to take place around the noon hour with lunch being provided. The session will likely start time around 11:30am and wrap up at 1:30pm. EMC has booked the Hilton conference room. They may also have some breakout sessions around Data Lakes and technology so that attendees can stop by and get information as they arrive early or as they leave. More details as they become available.
System-Wide Contracting News
Adobe has provided the following revised ETLA pricing. You will note that the pricing requires that 50% of TAMU FTEs need to be a party to the contract. Please pass this along to the appropriate people at your institution. I would be interested in what the level of interest is from each Member.
The committee reviewing the RFP responses for Member governance are making reference calls for the preferred vendor.
The RFI responses for the Maestro RFI will continued to be reviewed this week.
The RFP for a Digital COE needs to be modified after OGC’s review.
TAMUS is finalizing the amendment to engage SolutionsPlus to provide RFP evaluation assistance for the Banner Services RFP.
Texas A&M IT has begun a project to implement Infoblox for DNS, DHCP and IP address management for the TAMU network. The vendor has agreed to extend the discounts TAMU receives as a result of its large volume purchase to all System members. Details of this pricing will be shared when the agreement is finalized. Additionally, Infoblox is an extensible enterprise solution that offers options that could facilitate a System wide collaborative implementation using a grid deployment strategy Infoblox. An online presentation via Webex will be scheduled to allow the vendor to give an overview of the solution. Contact Scott Honea if you are interested in the Infoblox project.
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.
Responses to the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Workday system integrator are due on July 23rd.
TAMU opened negotiations with a second component #1 vendor (data center build out). The evaluation of the second component (compute and storage) and third components (IT services) are in process.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Engineering to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- Dallas (July 24)