Center for Information Technology Services
The Firewall Services Module has been implemented to provide an additional layer of security for Campus resources. As part of the ongoing CITS IT Security Project, two additional sub-networks have been moved to the Firewall Services Module. Additional sub-network migration to the Firewall Services Module will be coordinated and scheduled with individual administrative groups and departments.
On March 4, 2005 the CITS Web Development Department along with assistance from the Database Administration and Infrastructure Services Departments worked to change the University webservers from Apache/Solaris OS to Windows 2003. The number of web servers were also increased from 2 web servers (one for development and one for production) to 4 web servers (2 for development and 2 for production) so that the Content Management System (CMS) websites could be separated from the custom Coldfusion Applications and non-CMS websites. This change will enable CITS to manage, update, and improve the services, functionality, and security on the UM web servers as well as provide more services and capabilities to web developers that are using them. The switch was performed in the background so that visitors to the campus website had no interruption of services or functionality during the change. It was successfully completed around noon on March 5th.
The CITS Web Development Department is now working with the company whom the CMS was developed in order to upgrade it to the next and latest version. The next release will provide CMS developers with more functionality, styles, stability, and control over their content and websites. The goal is to have the next release available on the production web server for developers to use by May 2005.
The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS), in partnership with Financial Services, introduced a new feature for users of the campus’ eUM HR/Payroll system on February 28, 2005. Department administrators, business managers and others now have the ability to forecast future commitments for salary expenses, known as encumbrances. This information, combined with reports showing expenses already incurred, enables department administrators to monitor their budgets and avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the fiscal year. This tool is especially valuable to departments with faculty whose compensation is funded from multiple research grants that are awarded and expire at various times throughout the fiscal year.
Administration and Finance
Office of Research and Development
Center for Information Technology Services
March 4, 2005
TO: The UM Community
FROM: James T. Hill, Jr., Vice President for Administration and Finance
James L. Hughes, Vice President for Research and Development
Peter J. Murray, Vice President and CIO
SUBJECT: Financials and Grants Project
Over the past month or so, the Executive Committee has reviewed a great deal of information about the project and its status. After consulting with many individuals including the Project Team, it was determined that December 1, 2005 was a very realistic date for meeting our goal of developing a quality product and delivering it to the campus as soon as possible.
December 1, 2005 is therefore the “go-live” date for the project.
The design phase is nearly complete and the technical staff is building the enhancements that will make this system meet the unique requirements of UM. By late summer, functional experts will begin an extensive testing program to ensure that the system performs as designed. Fall will be devoted to further testing and then to fully training each campus user in any assigned role in the new system.
The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) will make available, on March 21, 2005, an alternative to the existing test card scoring system. The existing test card scoring system (i.e. Scantron) will still be available to those interested in using it.
An enhanced hardware/software solution has been deployed that uses the Remark software with a PC attached to high speed desktop scanner. Paper answer sheets will be used instead of the cards. These can be purchased from the CITS Operations Center (410-706-6597) or can be exchanged for existing cards. These answer sheets must be obtained from the Operations Center and should be completed with as much care as possible. Both pencil and pen marks are accepted.
The answer sheets, themselves, are similar in format to the current card system except they are on standard letter paper instead of pre-bought card stock. The sheets offer a 150 question response and a place for the, campus standard, student ID.
The attached document details the enhanced capabilities of this software solution over the existing in-house system. The output of the system can be provided in paper or electronic format. Should a user desire the electronic results they must provide a writable CD-RW CD.
If you have any additional question, please feel free to contact your School or Division IT leader.