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What's Your Carbon Footprint? Sustainability and Green IT Initiatives That Make a Difference  - Notes

What's Your Carbon Footprint? Sustainability and Green IT Initiatives That Make a Difference  - Notes

Southwest Regional Conference (2009) Closing general session

Podcast available at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/Abstract/WhatsYourCarbonFootprintS/48287

Moderator:

  • Ann Kovalchick,  Deputy CIO, Tulane University

Panelists

  • Elizabeth Davey, Director of the Office of Environmental Affairs, Tulane University
  • Ed Kelty, Vice President/CIO Information Services, Rio Salado College
  • Pattie Orr, VP for IT and Dean of University Libraries, Baylor University

Abstract

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Balancing Acts:  Making IT Work for Everyone - Notes and link to Podcast

2009 EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference

Opening General Session

February 25, 2009

Title:  Balancing Acts:  Making IT Work for Everyone

Presenters:  Alan Levine, Vice President of NMC Community and CTO for the New Media Consortium (NMC) and Susan M. Zvacek, Director of Instructional Development and Support at the University of Kansas.

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Openness: Fostering Sharing, Collaboration, and Open Access to Knowledge and Resources - Notes

Openness: Fostering Sharing, Collaboration, and Open Access to Knowledge and Resources

Notes from a discussion session held at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference Feb 25, 2009.

Notes provided by Jeremy Donald, Trinity University.

Speaker(s)

    * Cynthia Golden, Vice President, EDUCAUSE

    * Rebecca L. King, Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Baylor University

Abstract

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Being Responsible & Creative in Financially Challenging Times - Notes - Feb 25, 2009 discussion session

Notes from – Being Responsible & Creative in Financially Challenging Times

Notes provided by Doug Williams, Vice President of Information Technology Dallas Baptist University

Facilitators

Edward (Ed) Kelty , VP/CIO, Rio Salado College

Diane G Saphire, Assoc. VP of Information Resources, Trinity University

How to do better with less?

Questions

  • Staffing – doing more with less staff (hiring freeze)
  • Strategies for what gets cut in IT
  • How to identify alternate sources of funding
  • Supporting Executive Decision making
  • Self Supporting vs. Provided support – Where’s the balance?
  • Finding creative solutions\opportunities
  • Areas to invest in – short\long term
  • Communicating challenges to the community\upper administration

Discussion groups met

Staffing

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Being Responsible and Creative in Financially Challenging Times - Notes from February 25th Discussion Session

2009 EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional  Conference

Discussion Title:  Being Responsible and Creative in Financially Challenging Times, February 25, 2009

Notes provided by Jeanette Van Galder, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, University of Northern Colorado

STAFFING

The majority of the group indicated that, although personnel is their largest expense, cutting professional IT staff was/will be their last resort.  NOTE:  One reason given was because it is so difficult to get the FTE (should there be a turnaround).  STRATEGY FOR CUTS:  Reduce staff through attrition and staff will need to be retooled/trained

1) Augment IT staff with student workers

Comments: 

One institution mentioned that they now only hire work study students to reduce their expenses.  REACTION: while this strategy may reduce the department’s expense it may be negatively affecting the institution by shifting the expense to the student financial aid department

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All Hazards: The Role of IT in Campus Security and Emergency Management (Notes from February 25th presentation)

Notes for the “All Hazards: The Role of IT in Campus Security and Emergency Management” Discussion Session at the Southwest Regional Conference were captured by Norma Grijalva, Director of Telecommunications and Networking Services at New Mexico State University.

February 25, 2009

Discussion Facilitator: Walt Magnussen. Director, TAMU Telecommunications & ITEC

  • ITEC - Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center
  • TAMU- Texas A&M University

***Some General Discussion Points***

1        Next Generation 911 deployment

2        VOIP/911 system issues

3        Emergency Services IP Nets

a.       Reverse 911

b.      Locate caller and transfer to correct emergency responder

4        LOST Server—Geospatial

5        BiFER—Building information exchange

a.       Reverse 911

b.      Locate caller and transfer to correct

***Fifty Universities were invited to an EDUCAUSE summit on Emergency Management

1)      Following types of people attended

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2009 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Think Stops: Financial Challenges, Sustainability, Consumerization of IT

2009 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Think Stops: Financial Challenges, Sustainability, Consumerization of IT

Think Stop #1

Financial Challenges Think Stop #1 What response to the financial crisis will strengthen your organization and your institution? Responses: Lean = $,  Smart entrepreneurs do this: In an up market, raise capital; in a down market, build value,  Decentralization, The reduction of a culture of wasting resources will also help,  Willingness to use “cloud resources.” We don’t need to own it or mange it to derive benefit from it,  Focus on good programs that will benefit the community, build job skills, and allow people to grow and develop new skills in their current careers.

Think Stop #1 What response to the financial crisis will strengthen your organization and your institution?

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The Top-Secret “Rosies” of World War II

2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Closing Session

Hidden Her-story: The Top-Secret “Rosies” of World War II
In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the computer age.

http://net.educause.edu/MARC09/Program/15887?PRODUCT_CODE=MARC09/GS02

A podcast of this session is available via http://connect.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/hiddenherstorythetopsecre/48120.

The project website is located at http://www.topsecretrosies.com.

Notes from the session:

LeAnn Erickson is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.  She makes documentaries.  See http://astro.temple.edu/~lerickso/work/documentary.html. 

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The Technology Revolution:  IT as a Catalyst for Change - NOTES

Notes from the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Opening General Session:

The Technology Revolution:  IT as a Catalyst for Change

Participants:

  • Sayeed Choudhury, The Johns Hopkins University
  • John A. Bielec, Drexel University
  • Maureen McCreadie, Bucks County Community College
  • Nadine Stern, The College of New Jersey
  • Steven L. Worona, EDUCAUSE (Moderator)

Sessions resources are posted at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/Abstract/TheTechnologyRevolutionin/47915.  The session was recorded and will be posted with a link from this page in the near future.

Worona opened the panel discussion with introductions and an overview of the topic

Performance Testing PeopleSoft Campus Solutions v9.0: A Case Study - Notes

Performance Testing PeopleSoft Campus Solutions v9.0: A Case Study, EDUCAUSE Enterprise Information and Technology Conference, Chicago, May 2009
Presenters: Jody Reeme, Associate Director, Student Enterprise Systems, and Jeffrey Wilson, Business Systems Analyst, Northwestern University

Presentation slides and handout available at http://net.educause.edu/ENT08/Program/14535?PRODUCT_CODE=ENT08/SESS18

NOTES

Reeme and Wilson began with an overview of the campus and their Oracle/PeopleSoft implementations and their hardware and then defined performance testing as:

  • Performance Testing - transactional speed under specific workload
  • Load testing - create incremental demand and measure
  • Stress testing - system performance under controlled amounts of stress

They were doing performance testing for "peace of mind" in two areas:

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