DCC Meeting December 14, 2011
Chris Grossi opened the meeting with a brief announcement about turning on Google Plus as an opt-in service for the Brown Community. There has been a big demand for this from the students, so by mid-January it will be launched. On January 2nd, CIS will adopt Google’s “Scheduled Release Plan,” which will enable CIS to have greater control in rolling out Google updates. Chris also thanked everyone for their participation in the software survey, and said that he and Stephanie Obodda would be tallying the results, to be made available sometime during January or February’s meeting. Chris told the DCCs that the software updates in SCCM are working in pilot departments. Also a presentation should be scheduled for a TechForum early next year.
Steve McKay then gave an update on Forefront, the antivirus software which is to replace Symantec for Windows machines. The new standalone installer has been adapted to include tools that remove all previous Symantec version, as well as Microsoft Security Essentials. On the Mac side, Sophos also looks good, and the distribution version is ready. SCCM installations have begun in pilot departments, and will be expanded in January. Antivirus software for Macs will be held off until after the New Year.
Judy Nabb, Kerry Feather, and Stephanie Altomari-Cavanagh introduced Learning Point, which will support professional and learning development, as well as mandatory compliance training for the Brown Community. It will replace training.brown.edu. Learning Point will be available to faculty, staff and students, and provide a comprehensive check point for all training events, testing, and evaluations, as well as an interface for facilitating employee networking and collaborative endeavors. Users will be able to track their learning and training session, as well as be provided a means for important training announcements. Learning Point will provide both instructor led and on-line training sessions and modules. Transcripts existing in training.brown.edu , should be downloaded and saved, before the training.brown.edu site is decommissioned on July 1, 2012.
For more information email email@example.com, or visit the informational page located on the Human Resources website.
Michelle Wise who helps to organize the health and wellness component of classes which are offered to the Brown Community, will maintain the training.brown.edu site for these classes.
Stephanie Obodda will be working with Microsoft to provide on-line training modules for Windows related training.
Those departments on campus which are still in need of an online registration system will be provided with classes which will offer training to create registration forms using Google Docs. These classes will be made available beginning in January and last through the summer of 2012.
John Harmon gave a presentation and brief demonstration of the new project called WORKDAY, soon to be released at Brown. WORKDAY will provide a central management system for Human Resources, Payroll, and other administrative efforts at Brown. Brown members will be able to access human resources related information such as vacation or sick time availability, payroll, and benefits information. WORKDAY will improve the way that human resources data is administered, and will afford an integrated system so that this data is easier to share and manage. This initiative will permit employees to access their own information and administer certain transactions, as well as providing an interface for reporting and record keeping.
WORKDAY WIZARDS will be trained from among the Brown Community in order to provide instruction to faculty, staff and students toward navigating the WORKDAY program.
To see John’s presentation click here.
Notes submitted by Stephanie Han