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UM Today Makeover

The purpose of UM Today is to facilitate communication within the university. It is hard to believe that we have been using the current version of UM Today since Fall 2010. The service is getting a much needed facelift. A new format was put in place in August 2016. New features are being planned for January 2017. Please see this TechNews article for details.

Accessibility

A long term plan focusing on accessibility has been approved and is being implemented. Two new Accessibility Specialist positions were filled in 2015. These positions have as their purpose to support efforts to incorporate accessibility in instructional materials and technology, as well as assist departments in identifying and resolving accessibility barriers. For more information, please visit the Accessibility and Technology Solutions website.

SAP Real Estate

A project is underway to use SAP's Real Estate module to unify the various sources of space (office, lab, classroom, etc.) data across campus. Among the goals are to improve F&A reporting and to better track which departments occupy which space. Key partners include the Facilities Planning and Accounting Offices.

New Cell Tower

A new multi-carrier cell tower is being planned for the west side of campus to improve coverage. A competitive bid process will take place to select an implementation partner.

Office 365 for Employee Email

In January 2016, IT began giving serious consideration to options for upgrading employee email. Employee email was due to be upgraded either through on-premises enhancements or via a cloud solution. Microsoft’s Office 365 quickly rose to the top of the solutions being considered due to its suitability as an enterprise solution. IT, together with representatives from the Faculty Senate and other key constituencies at UM, made the decision to move employee email to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud platform in May 2016. This migration began in June 2016 and will be completed in Fall 2016.

Recently Completed

Improved Equivalency Determination and Transfer Articulation

UM collaborated with the University of Kentucky to develop an improved interface for EQ/TA. develop Major processes addressed by the new workbench include maintenance of external organizations, subjects, and transfer agreements, equivalency determination, and temporary transfer credit. The project went live in Spring 2016.

HANA and Tableau @ Ole Miss!

In December 2015, IT replaced the relational database that supports UM's enterprise resource planning (SAP) system with an in-memory database or (HANA). By moving to an in-memory database, UM improved its reporting and analytics capabilities to allow for more real-time results, while simplifying the underlying hardware landscape. A procurement for an enterprise reporting toolset took place in Spring 2015, and Tableau was selected in June 2015. UM is now live with HANA and Tableau, and campus offices are enjoying the benefits of modern reporting tools. For more details on Tableau @ Ole Miss, please see olemiss.edu/tableau. For more details on HANA @ Ole Miss, please see the HERUG 2016 presentation by Al Ling, Chris Reichley, and Margaret Walden.

Attendance Verification Interface

In Fall 2015, IT added a new attendance verification interface to myOleMiss. This project was marketed as Go to Class. Federal guidelines require that students have their attendance (or participation for online courses) verified for each class in which they are enrolled. The AVI allows instructors to report on attendance and also includes integration with automated attendance scanners. Enhancements were made for Spring 2016.

Weir Hall Mac Lab

In Spring 2015, Academic Computing completed enhancements to the Mac Teaching Lab in Weir Hall. Student seating was increased from twelve (12) to fifteen (15), and new 21" Apple iMacs were installed at all stations.

Campus Portal (myOleMiss) Redesign

A new and improved myOleMiss was launched in Fall 2014. The underlying software infrastructure was upgraded to SAP Netweaver 7.4 in April 2015. The new version has the look and feel of the new and improved campus website and employs current Web design features such as responsive design. Please see Introducing myOleMiss 2.0 for more details.

SAP Grants Management

The final phase of the SAP Grants Management project, Online Effort Certification, was launched in January 2015. Effort Certification allows administrators, principal investigators, and researchers certify their time worked on their various sponsored research projects online and paper free within the myOleMiss portal.

TouchNet E-Commerce Enhancements

The final enhancement to UM’s e-commerce offerings, launched on June 8, 2015, involves UM using TouchNet’s PayPath software for processing all online student account payments. As part of this transition, a non-refundable 2.75% (minimum $3.00) convenience fee will be charged for each credit card payment by TouchNet, but ACH / electronic check payments will not incur any type of convenience fees. More details can be found on this letter to students and parents from the UM Bursar.