Category Archives: Governance

Governance area of IT strategy

Workday Student

As I mentioned before,  the Claremont Colleges have decided to participate in Workday’s Strategic Influencer program for the Workday Student product.   This initiative is now taking more shape.  The following people have been appointed to the Workday Strategic Influencer Project Team: Margeret Adorno (Registrar, Pomona) Mark Ashley (Registrar, HMC) Andrew Dorantes (Treasurer, HMC) Robert […]

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Claremont Colleges will use Workday Financial Management

I hope you all saw the announcement about Workday Financial Management.  This is big news for lots of reasons. Last year, the intercollegiate Budget and Financial Affairs Committee (BFAC) began looking for a replacement for the aging Datatel financial system that is run by the Claremont University Consortium (CUC).  The BFAC narrowed its requirements down […]

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Summer 2014 update from the CIO

When I was a kid growing up in Ireland, I loved reading the Beano and the Dandy.  Every summer, they would announce a “bumper edition”, which was packed with extra stuff for those long summer days out of school.  This is the bumper edition of updates from the CIO! Infrastructure The summer was a very […]

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Data Privacy Month (with a painful story about the students-l list)

Today is Data Privacy Day. See http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/ To celebrate, here is a true story culled from the vaults of HMC server administrator lore. Read it, weep… and then change your passwords. Once upon a time there was a moderator of the students-l list. She was diligent and hard-working, devoted to the task of saving other […]

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Update on Portal Advisory Group

I’ve written about the Portal Advisory Group before.  Affectionately known as PAG, it’s a group that will assist us with setting priorities for the Portal, starting from the premise that the portal is a tool which we know HMC has not used to its full capacity. The group will guide CIS and the College in […]

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Faculty Computing Survey Results

In late Fall 2012 the computing committee ran a survey of faculty, asking three questions about information technology at HMC. About 50 faculty responded to the questions, and almost everyone wrote a few lines of comments in response to each question – in addition to giving scores. Question 1: How satisfied are you with the […]

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Portal Advisory Group

I have been discussing the portal with a number of people around campus over the last few months. Improvement and expansion of the portal will be a key initiative for the next two years. There are several reasons for this: The portal plays a key role in many important areas of the College’s activities.  Grades, […]

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Sakai Service changes coming

Harvey Mudd College has been the “Lead College” for the Sakai service since its inception in 2006.  This means that we provide the service to all the Claremont Colleges and receive some funding from the other Colleges to do so. About two years ago I began to explore the option of contracting with rSmart for […]

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Google’s new privacy policy and Google Apps for Education

On March 1, 2012 Google introduced a new privacy policy that applies to their consumer products (gmail, picasa, youtube etc).   There was a huge amount of coverage of this in the media. Discussion with the HMC Computing Committee made it clear that we should remind you that the HMC contract with Google is for […]

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Presentation to PPCPC on Campus Network Infrastructure

At the September Board of Trustee meetings, Cindy Abercrombie, Mitch Shacklett and I presented some information about our work in the area of network infrastructure review.  We are working toward a long term plan for the network infrastructure and wanted the Physical Plant and Campus Planning Committee (PPCPC) to be aware of the issues we […]

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