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The Connect IT
October, 2016 utdallas.edu/oit/newsletter/

Brian Dourty Named as Interim VP/CIO

Brian Dourty, Interim VP & CIO Brian Dourty has accepted Dr. Benson’s invitation to serve as the Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Office of Information Technology. He will continue shaping the Office of Information Technology to better execute its core mission of providing technology leadership, expertise, & services in support of UT Dallas’ mission of research, learning, teaching, and public service.

Brian has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology within higher education. He joined UT Dallas in 2015 as the Chief Technology Officer and has been leading the network, infrastructure, system administration, database administration, identity management, and vended application teams. Prior to joining UT Dallas Brian was the Associate Director of Systems and Operations at the University of Missouri where he was responsible for the operation of information technology systems in support of both campus and system-wide initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Save the Date!

Innovation & Technology Summit

The 2017 Innovation & Technology Summit will be held Tuesday, May 16. We have a terrific program line-up underway. Be watching for speaker announcements.

OIT Managed SCCM

Microsoft System Center Do you want to have the latest security patches on your department’s PCs, but don’t have the time to manually update them all? Seek no further! The Office of Information Technology (OIT) initiated a project to transfer operational responsibility of Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) from ISO to OIT.

The project began with an infrastructure design that was passed to Microsoft for validation. From there, hardware was purchased to provide the correct resources. The new environment spans across several machines to distribute the load and increase fault tolerance. A separate test environment that mirrors production was also created to ensure any updates or changes to the system and system roles are fully vetted before going into use...


Free MS Office 2016

Current faculty and staff have FREE licensed access (a $6.99 per month value) to the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Home Use. Office 365 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. It's a flexible and efficient way to collaborate on projects and prepare for lectures.

Office 365 also comes with a bonus feature: over 1,000GBs of OneDrive storage. OneDrive allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and easy share them with others...


OIT Employees Participate in the Corporate Challenge Great Ride

The Great Race

Five employees from OIT participated in the 2016 Corporate Challenge Great Ride. All monies raised go to support the Special Olympics. Ruth Varghese of The Mercury photographed our crew at the beginning of the race.

Technology Briefings Launched to Compliment Popular OIT Forums

On September 21st, the Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the Office of Information Technology held its inaugural event. This exciting new series of events will be held each alternating month between the current OIT forums which have proven to be a huge success.

The first event was held in Galaxy Room C, in the Student Union Building 2.602, and featured futuristic presentations by some of the key technology partners with UT Dallas. Dell Technologies was the first featured event that highlighted the very latest in Dell hardware, including tablets, laptops, all-in-one, gaming devices, and more!

Attendees were treated to a hands-on experience that was a hit for everyone in attendance, and included a full lunch as well. “We are very excited about our partnership with UT Dallas, and we were able to bring a complete lineup of technology that provided key information to everyone”, said Doug Bettinger, Senior Account Executive for Dell.

Don’t forget that the next OIT Forum is scheduled for October 13th, from 9am – 11am in Galaxy Room A in the Student Union Building. We look forward to seeing you there!

Changes in EAS

The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative Tier 1 Carnegie research institution positioned to make a global difference. UTD is committed to growing student enrollment, expanding the research portfolio, strengthening ties across Dallas-Fort Worth and the state, enhancing campus infrastructure, and hiring dynamic faculty and staff members. A critical success factor is having a suite of enterprise applications that enable students, faculty, and staff to operate efficiently, effectively, and securely, and to make better / faster decisions.

The OIT Enterprise Applications Services (EAS) team supports the PeopleSoft, OnBase, and Oracle BI products that are leveraged by UT Dallas faculty, students, and staff. Our mission is to enhance our customers’ productivity and provide them with timely information for decision making...


The Importance of Conducting the RACI Activity

No matter how detailed and complete a project plan may be, confusion or omission of participant roles and responsibilities will cause major problems. The simplest and most effective approach to define and document project roles and responsibilities, and improve project outcomes is the RACI model. This is a critical success factor that many times is either effectively addressed or missed completely.

What is a RACI chart? It’s simply a list of tasks associated with the proper stakeholder. The choices are: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed…..hence the acronym RACI. The RACI model brings structure and clarity to describing the roles that stakeholders play within a project. You start by listing tasks, milestones, or key decisions and then clarify who is responsible, who is accountable, who needs to be consulted or informed. Many times this group activity creates a synergy amongst a team that builds momentum going in to a project. Just be sure to engage all stakeholders!

Here’s a very simplistic example: a family trip to a beach.

  Mom Dad Sarah Jeffrey
Pack Suitecases A R R R
Fuel Car R A I I
Load Beach Toys C A R R
Cabin Reservation A R C I
Book Flight A R I I

OIT Welcomes New Employee:

  • Darius Bruno, Network Engineer I

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