February 24, 2014
A new centrally supported Enterprise Document Management System for the UW to digitize, store and manage electronic business documents is expected to be available by early 2015, supporting paperless workflow, increased efficiencies and cross-department collaboration, while reducing the UW’s environmental impact. The new technologies will enable secure access and improved compliance with record retention policies. A pilot phase with several collaborating departments is underway for 2014. This initiative is a partnership of Financial Management, Office of Planning & Budgeting, Office of Research, Records Management, School of Medicine, Student Life, UW Bothell and UW-IT.
January 2, 2014
UW units now can create and manage their own subscriptions to Windows Azure—an open cloud platform for storage, application building, virtual machines and more—at a significant discount (about 30 percent), with usage charged to a UW budget number. This new service is covered by the UW's enterprise HIPAA/FERPA-compliant protected health information contracts with Microsoft. See more information about the Self-Managed Azure Subscription service offered by UW-IT in the UW-IT Service Catalog.
December 18, 2013
Two new apps now available in UW Google Apps can broaden your ability to work collaboratively. With the Individual Storage app, you can now increase the storage quota for your account and you can pay for it using the Google Wallet app (ProCard compatible). These two apps provide one of the most frequently requested features for UW Google Apps—the ability to increase the space available in Google Drive and Gmail. Get information about UW Google Apps.
November 12, 2013
A powerful, easy-to-use data visualization tool, Tableau, is now available, with discounted licenses offered by UW-IT. With Tableau, you can easily create interactive graphics, reports and dashboards that allow you to ask questions and understand data in meaningful new ways. Tableau is available at no charge to faculty and full-time students through the Tableau for Teaching and Tableau for Students programs, and can be accessed on UWare. Staff also can purchase individual licenses. Visit UW-IT’s Tableau Web page to learn more, see examples, and take a video tour.
November 4, 2013
If you want to make a video, design a course website, or create a podcast, song, or graphic, UW-IT has help for you. Free technology workshops at UW Seattle for UW students, faculty, and staff cover a wide range of software, from powerful digital tools to learning management and recording systems. Visit the new Learning Technologies Workshops page in IT Connect to see upcoming offerings and register today. Space is limited.
October 15, 2013
UW faculty and staff can continue to access popular Microsoft software—Office, Visio Premium, Project Professional, and Visual Studio—on all UW-owned computers at no cost to them under the UW’s renewed Microsoft Software Agreement, effective October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The cost is covered by the Technology Recharge Fee. Staff and faculty also can download Microsoft Office for their home computers for a small fee. Thanks to the Student Technology Fee, students can continue to download Office 2010 or 2013 for PC, Office 2011 for Mac, and Windows 7 and 8. Get details on UWare.
October 14, 2013
UW faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants can get help preparing or moving courses into Canvas at UW-IT’s drop-in Canvas Studio Time sessions. Work with instructional technologists and others with Canvas expertise on October 28, November 25, and December 9, and every other Monday after that (except holidays), from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 136.
October 9, 2013
New optional file storage/sharing and collaboration services from Microsoft are now available at no additional fee to UW students, faculty, and staff. UW SkyDrive Pro provides 25GB of cloud-based file storage. UW Lync offers online meetings (with voice, video, and screen-sharing), virtual whiteboards, instant messaging, presence indication, and more. Both services are HIPAA and FERPA compliant.
October 1, 2013
Want to learn more about using Microsoft, Adobe, or Google products? Consider fall Webinars for UW faculty, staff, and students offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques—Beginner and Adobe Dreamweaver Techniques—Intermediate. Get information including fees for all upcoming Webinars—on Excel, Visio, Word, Google Analytics, Emerging Collaboration Technologies, and more—and register online.
August 12, 2013
New apps have been added to UW Google Apps including Takeout, Translator Toolkit, Chrome Web Store, and Custom Search. Chrome Web Store has a wide range of extensions, themes, and apps designed for the Google Chrome browser, and Takeout allows you to export data from a number of Google products. Check out these additional apps and the others that are already available. Each app must undergo an enterprise risk assessment before UW-IT makes it available to the UW community. Support is provided by Google.