UW TechConnect

Tech Talks are University-wide events bringing together information technology enthusiasts from across our campuses to share ideas, knowledge, or even a war story or two. They are informal 40 minute talks, generally held quarterly and intended to be inclusive of an array of IT topics and participation.

Upcoming Tech Talks

November 7, 2019

10:00 am – Noon in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220

Time Description
10:00 to 10:40 Moving Enterprise Web Applications to the Azure Cloud
Presented by: John Drew, Steven Allen, Virgil Gloria, and Andrew Gorohoff
The Graduate School performed a “lift and shift” to the Azure cloud this past spring to replace an aging server infrastructure that was self-managed in the 4545 data center. Learn how MyGrad and the UW graduate application for admission were successfully moved to the cloud, including:

  • Background on the Graduate School
  • Description of services supported with server infrastructure
  • Goals for the server refresh
  • Evaluation of three alternatives – buy new servers, UW IT managed servers, Azure VMs
  • Estimating Azure costs
  • The proof of concept
  • The proposed architecture
  • Implementation
  • Post-transition evaluation, including challenges faced and opportunities leveraged
  • Roadmap

Materials: Moving Enterprise Web Applications to the Azure Cloud (Video)

10:40 to 11:20 Campus Networking 101
Presented by: Ian Cote
This presentation will cover how our networks at UW are built at a physical level in the buildings, how they are logically split up at the building and campus level, how UW reaches the internet and other major points of interest. The goal is to give folks some context about our UW Networks, so that they are better prepared when asking questions and making requests. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions for this session!

Materials: Campus Networking 101 (Video)

11:20 to 12:00 How to Build a UW Web Presence with Limited Skills and Resources
Matt Portwood
Whether you are in UW-IT or not, this talk has something for everyone! Technologists: learn how we overhauled our broken website by migrating content to a managed WordPress environment. Org leaders: see how we maintain a consistent voice while sharing the responsibility of content management across teams. Service managers: hear how we provide context about our services to users and communicate news and updates to them through our website. Support folks: see how we provide searchable answers to the most common questions. No matter your role, come learn how we stole, borrowed, and built our UW web presence in weeks, not months!

Materials: How to Build a UW Web Presence with Limited Skills and Resources (Video)


Propose a Tech Talk

If you have a topic that may be of interest to the diverse multi-campus UW technical support community, please submit a proposal! Past topics have included virtualized computing lab management, web services, and software licensing.


Previous Tech Talks

Take a look at past presentations in the Tech Talk archive.


Other talks around the UW
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