UNI has procured and is deploying a Service Oriented Architecture Framework. This framework allows us to deploy reusable web based services which simplify interfaces between University systems and departments, as well as external service providers. This not only reduces overhead, but in most cases provides more timely data to our systems.
UNI has implemented and is using the OnBase imaging system from Hyland Software. We currently have Human Resources using the system, as well as some functions of the Registrar's office. We are actively working with Financial Aid and Admissions on bringing document imaging to their offices as well.
This project will continue to serve new business processes and areas as they are identified. If you have documents and processes you would like to discuss moving to document imaging, please contact one of the following people:
Marty Mark - Administration and Finance processes
Mike Holmes - Student Affairs processes
Melanie Abbas - All other processes
In October 2013 UNI signed an agreement with Blackboard Mobile to provide us with a hosted mobile computing solution. UNI staff configure the site to our look and feel and point it to data that already exists in our systems and systems of our service providers. The initial release occurred January 1, 2014.
While the first release was for non-authenticated content, we are now looking at ways of including content from our student systems, as well as enhancing the current system with self-guided tours, bus information and finding ways to use the mobile platform to identify handicap capable entrances and routes for campus users.
ITS-Information Systems refreshes system hardware every 5 years. Up until this point we have run most of our environment on Sun Sparc hardware in virtualized zones. However with the ever increasing power of x86 systems and the lower cost, it is now feasible to run our large administrative systems on this hardware.
We have completed trial conversions of all key systems, and are now building the infrastructure to support the converted systems. In April 2014 we will begin conversions and plan to have nearly all systems converted by the fall of 2014.
This effort will reduce costs, and simplify future upgrades, and allow us to grow and manage our environment more easily.
ITS-NS plans to build a network to support servers an services loaked in the Oakdale data center. This will provide the based netork infrastructure to support fault tolerant or highly available systems located in this remote facility.
We will begin construction of a second fiber path from all academic buildings on campus to the data center in Curris business building. Each building except houses will receive 12 additional strands of singlemode fiber. This second fiber path will expand fiber resources at UNI and allow Network Services to protect network service in the event of a core node failure or a data center failure. In conjunction with this project, building network connectivity will have improved fault tolerance with the intention of providing greater resiliency and reduced service impact due to building router failure. We will also improve protection of our Internet service providers and relocate ISP demarcation to secure data centers. As of 11/22/13 the campus West of Hudson is complete.
The next phase of wireless expansion will focus on extending coverage to faculty office areas and conference rooms. This phase of the project will include optimization of existing wireless systems which will improve performance and capacity in all buildings. Optimization is expected to be iterative, as power is optimized new coverage gaps may emerge. The ultimate goal is to improve performance and cover all areas identified for wireless coverage with 802.11n capacity within 18 months. Please refer to ITS Support Article 1781 for more information on the progress of this project. At this point the project, we consider UNI to be 95% covered with WiFi, we are now focused on optimizing wireless service and working on areas which could not be covered previously due to limits in infrastructure. Estimated completation date for optimization is 12/31/14
In response to requirements to increase bandwidth to support protecting UNI data assets, support server virtualization, and improve security the network equipment in UNI data centers will be upgraded to support 10 gigabit connectivity. This project will also improve network fault tolerance, reduce impact of scheduled maintenance on service, and enable storage and voice convergence. Many systems will be upgraded prior to Aug 2013, remaining systems will be upgraded by Jan 2014. New firewall systems will be installed July 2013 and phased into service over the following 15 months.
As of November 2013, the redundant firewalls are in place, and have two utility and one major subnet migrated behind them. New subnets will continue to be migrated in upcoming months, with a goal of moving the major 126.96.36.199/22 subnet behind the firewalls during Winter Break.
There are a few holdover racks that need to be cut over to new equipment, but the majority of the jacks in the datacenter have been migrated to the new equipment at this point.
As of January 2014 the primary data center subnet .120.0/22 has been moved behind the firewall.
The University has been building a comprehensive data warehouse for the past several years. At this point all of student records is in the warehouse and being used. In 2013 we completed modeling for the Universities financial data and plan to deploy that to users in the spring of 2014.
Additional projects slated for attention are:
Revenue allocation by enrollment has begun research in early 2014, with hopes for deployment in late 2014
HR/Payroll will be started in late 2014
Cost of Instruction will follow the completion of the Revenue allocation and Payroll efforts in 2015 or 2016