December 2012 Update from the CIO
This is the final update from the CIO for 2012.
Getting ready for the TLB.
That shiny new building will be ours in a mere 203 days. CIS is working hard on preparations for our part in getting a building like this open. The things we are working on include:
- Network within the building
- Campus network to support the new building
- Changes to the network to support the new uses of vacated space
- AV services in the building, which will include “simulcasting” and (hopefully) videoconferencing from some of the rooms
- Three “technology rich” classrooms to augment or replace the Learning Studio Classroom resource
- As we get closer to the data we will need to be planning for moving computers for people moving into the building and all the moves that are triggered by it (in Kingston, Parsons and Olin)
- Digital signage in the building
This is quite a list! It is work we are (happily) undertaking in addition to the normal work of a Spring semester. Please keep this in mind, especially if you are thinking of an IT project for 2013. We’d love to hear about it soon.
I mentioned last month that we had contracted with SIGMAnet to help us with a review of our wired and wireless networks, which will form the groundwork for a longer term comprehensive network plan. We recently received a draft of the review of the wired network and will be presenting the results in an update to the Board in January. In part thanks to the report, we have begun preparations for upgrading the campus network core in order to accommodate the new building.
In the past couple of weeks two intercollegiate committees approved our proposal for major changes to the network beyond the Claremont Colleges that connects us to downtown Los Angeles and the greater internet. Working with Los Nettos, our regional network provider, we will be purchasing equipment and fiber runs that will increase the diversity and redundancy of the network, and greatly reduce the risks associated with single points of failure.
We recently completed a four day workshop with Fischer International which moved forward our Identity and Access management project. The current phase of the project is focused on account provisioning. In ordinary English, this project will allow us to automate the creation and deletion of accounts in many of the College systems.
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Everyone at CIS wishes you the very best for the holidays.
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