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Read the latest news and updates regarding AU's information technology services.
AU chief information officer Dave Swartz would like to invite you to review our spring 2013 newsletter. Learn about our exciting recent accomplishments and upcoming initiatives.
Have you noticed the recent improvements to the AU wireless network infrastructure? The Office of Information Technology made several changes before the start of the Spring semester to reduce confusion and simplify the connection process for members of the AU community. Results have been very promising, as there have been fewer Help Desk support calls and we have seen over 15,000 unique wireless users in the course of a week at the start of the semester.
The Office of Information Technology recognizes the exceptional efforts and accomplishments, both collaborative and individual, of our staff through our annual internal awards program. Read about the individuals recognized in December for their contributions to our OIT team and the larger AU community.
Have you every thought about how much more efficient you could be, if you just had the right tools to help you do your job? A team of staff from the Office of Enrollment dramatically reduced the time that it takes to process admissions documents sent in from prospective students around the world. Learn about the document imaging solution that helped them to reduce several days worth of document processing into just a few hours work.
Have you ever started up your Windows computer and waited, and waited, and waited for it to fully boot up? Many people accept this fate and just go get a cup of coffee during that time. But, it doesn't have to be that way. Learn what you can do to speed up the amount of time it takes for your computer to fully boot up.
Did you know that the Office of Information Technology is actually made up of four University departments: Enterprise Systems, Information Security, IT Customer Service, and Technology Operations? The senior directors of each department, in conjunction with the CIO and Associate CIO, comprise the OIT Senior Leadership Team, which focuses on strategic planning and overall management of the technology portfolio. Meet our newest member to the team, Laurie Ambach.
Have you heard that AU's new Space Utilization Dashboard was recognized at a national conference for being one of the top dashboard designs worldwide? Learn about how the dashboard will help AU administrators to plan and optimize course sections, and examine the "productivity" of each classroom.
Do you need to use specialized software that is only available in the computer labs? If so, you may not need to trek across campus anymore, thanks to the Virtual Computing Labs initiative. Learn about how you can get access to applications, such as: SPSS, STATA, and Microsoft Office.
Do you update your software, whenever you see a message in the System Tray in the bottom right corner of your Windows computer screen? If not, you likely have out of date software installed on your computer which could result in your computer becoming infected with malware, simply by visiting a website. Learn what you can do to remediate the latest Java vulnerability.
Did you know that there were 28 new high definition cable television channels that were added to the campus line-up to benefit the AU community? Check out the list of new channels.
Have you used the new self-service application to reserve a meeting space? If not, you should try it out. A majority of campus meeting spaces are now available to be scheduled, if you meet certain criteria.
Did you know that Java vulnerabilities can also affect your Lotus Notes client software? Protect yourself from exploitation by attackers by upgrading your Lotus Notes software to the latest version and applying a fix pack to address the Java vulnerability.
Can you image going through and evaluating the thousands of undergraduate admissions applications which are submitted to AU every year? Well, the very dedicated team in the Office of Enrollment has a new tool to help them evaluate each application, as well as get a sense of the applicant pool as a whole.