• UAConnect IM: Lync icon changed to Skype On April 14, Microsoft implemented an update to the Lync for Windows 2013 instant messaging (IM) application. As a result, the Lync icon on the desktop of affected users has been renamed "Skype." This does not change your Lync service. Lync remains the default IM service for the university, is not able to connect with Skype IM users, and will continue to function as it did prior to the April 14 update. [Read More]
  • UA IT Leadership Academy: Now Accepting Applications Applications are now being accepted for the IT Leadership Academy, a new professional development program from the Office of the CIO and the Division of Human Resources. The program offers current and future UA information technology (IT) leaders the opportunity to develop effective management and leadership skills, and will cultivate a successful, engaged, effective, and collaborative IT leadership workforce for the University. [Read More]
  • New Box@UA Lets Users Share Files Anytime, Anywhere, On Any Device Need to send a colleague a file that's too large to share over email? Box@UA, a new online cloud storage and collaboration tool, can help. Box@UA is an agreement between the University and Box, an online file-sharing service, to provide users with an easy way to store, access and share files anytime and anywhere from a computer or mobile device. The free service is now available to UA employees, students and designated campus colleagues. [Read More]
  • Submit a Proposal for IT Summit 2015 Planning for IT Summit is underway, and the planning committee is looking for presentations and posters from any campus IT professionals working on an interesting IT project, initiative or service at the UA, or who are using technology to improve outcomes for faculty, staff and students. [Read More]
  • Employees Must Enroll in NetID+ by April 30 to Access Campus VPN In response to increasing cyberattacks in higher education, the UA will soon require all employees who access the campus Virtual Private Network to enroll in NetID+, a two-factor authentication system designed to enhance security. "NetID+ is one of the best tools we can provide to help the campus community protect themselves and their data from being compromised," says Michele Norin, UA vice president for information technology and CIO. [Read More]


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

I am excited by the planning progress on the 2015 UA IT Summit, to be held October 13. The summit is our annual opportunity to bring together IT professionals for one day dedicated to collaboration and information-sharing. Let us know which projects, tools, or new technologies you are hoping to learn about at this year’s IT Summit!

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