February 26, 2014
A major effort to implement a modern HR and payroll system for the University was approved by the UW Board of Regents and the state Chief Information Officer in late February, with Workday selected as the system vendor and IBM providing consulting services. Implementation work begins March 3, with an expected go-live in late December 2015 to prepare for the first payroll of 2016. The HR/Payroll Modernization initiative will produce key efficiencies, deliver better information for decision making, strengthen regulatory compliance and reduce the UW’s financial risk. All faculty and staff will eventually interact with the new system; a broad communications and outreach effort is planned.
February 10, 2014
In late February, a sampling of UW students and, for the first time, faculty will receive a survey from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) about their technology use at the UW, one of more than 250 participating universities. See an infographic of which technologies UW students use to support their academic success, based on results from the 2013 student survey, plus a benchmark report comparing technology use at UW with other institutions.
January 13, 2014
Free workshops on Tableau software, UW’s new enterprise data visualization platform, are now available for UW faculty and staff. Tableau Desktop Fundamentals is a one-day hands-on workshop for those who have purchased a Tableau Desktop license. If you are considering purchasing Tableau Desktop or are curious about the ease of creating data visualizations, the two-hour Tableau Hands-on Introduction workshop is for you. In addition, you can learn how to navigate and interpret visualizations in a two-hour workshop using UW Profiles, the Web-based dashboard for exploring basic University data.
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 11, 2013
A dynamic new way to easily access, explore, and understand basic University data is now available. “UW Profiles” is a set of Web-based dashboards designed using Tableau data visualization software. It allows exploration and aggregation of UW data derived from the Enterprise Data Warehouse, UW’s single source of central administrative data. Browse the UW Profiles website and take an introductory video tour. To view and interact with the data, apply for access. UW Profiles is a collaboration of UW-IT and the Office of Planning & Budgeting.
September 9, 2013
UW’s leading-edge work on improving data quality and increasing confidence in data across the University was featured in the summer issue of EdTech Magazine. “Business Intelligence: Why Does It Take So Long?” authored by Anja Canfield-Budde, UW-IT senior manager of decision support services, explains how the UW is working to deliver faster and better business information and why it’s such a complex endeavor.
August 13, 2013
A new UW Business Intelligence (BI) portal connects anyone at the UW with central reports and analytics from the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse to use in their strategic planning and decision making. Developed by UW-IT, the BI portal provides quick access to consistent and reliable data reporting and analysis tools for subject areas including research, academic, HR, finance, advancement, and facilities. An easy-to-use tile interface presents customized information for you, lets you see what’s trending, provide feedback, and get report recommendations. Look under the hood to see underlying SQL queries and data definitions, too. Take a guided tour.