Center for Information Technology Services
UMB Takes First Steps Towards Campus Portal
On the morning of Thursday, May 6, 2004, an Information Technology Forum was held for IT professionals from UMB, UPI, and UMMS. Over 120 individuals attended the event.
The primary purpose of the Forum was for IT professionals from across the campus to meet and network with colleagues who work in this large community. It was also an opportunity for these professionals to discuss and share information about pertinent technology issues.
The agenda included a general discussion session for an hour, and five break-out sessions for an hour and thirty minutes, each with different topics for discussion. The Forum technology topics were selected by the IT professionals by completing an on-line questionnaire. The questionnaire responses indicated a desire to focus on: 1) IT security, including identity management, identity theft, directories, and the elimination of SSNs as an identifier; 2) wireless technology, including having a wireless campus, standards, security and the use of PDAs; 3) Support for faculty, including development and training and the use of eTeaching and eLearning technologies; 4) IT staff, in particular, recruiting, retraining, and retaining staff; and 5) Portals, including enterprise-level, web services and systems, and sign-on. Interestingly, the recently published results of the EDUCAUSE 2004 Survey of Current IT issues in higher education indicated that all of the topics selected were among the top 10 issues for all of higher education this year.