Wow, time really goes by quickly! I have been with the University of Minnesota Morris for 2 years, as of today. And we've done a lot in that time. Last year, I mentioned a few of our accomplishments from my first year. Here is a sampling of what we've achieved in the last 12 months:
Launched Morris Zimride, a ride-sharing service for our students, faculty, and staff. In the first year, Morris was ranked #1 of all Zimride sites, as a percentage of our users.
Closed our findings from the 2007 audit. This was a long time in coming, as the audit sat effectively untouched for several years, until we started addressing the issues in earnest 2 years ago. Almost immediately, we closed out all but one of the findings - the last one (network configuration) is now technically resolved, with the replacement of our core network switches. This will be completely closed out after the network upgrade is complete in August.
Completed the campus IT Recommendations report. This was a joint effort with many partners on campus, and provided an update to our campus IT strategy. These proposed changes should help set Morris apart as a connected campus for our students.
Starting rolling out Active Directory. This is a multi-phase project; this first phase brought network drives and a central login to all AD-connected desktops. In future phases, we will offer automatic patching, and support for Macs.
Moved more servers to virtual hosting. This will help us reduce our costs and support effort.
Mobile-enabled front page on our website. We were the first campus in the University of Minnesota system to do this! By August, our entire website will easily support mobile web browsers.
And that's not all we've done. A quick look at a few other accomplishments this year includes:
- Personal web hosting.
- Technology @ Morris website.
- Dedicated server room for departmental servers.
I look forward to the coming year! We continue to serve the campus in its technology needs.