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Information Services Technology Newsletter
May 2018 School's Out! Issue

This issue includes ITS Core Values, Quercus, EASI, True Blue Awards, Science Rendezvous, NGSIS, Office 365, Voice over IP, Security Matters, May 2018 Event Photos

Living our core values

After team meetings and staff input, the Information Technology Services (ITS) core values were announced at this year’s TechKnowFile conference on May 4th.
Photo of ITS Staff during the TechKnowFile conference closing remarks
The values are:
  • Service and operational excellence
  • Creativity and critical thinking
  • Team work
  • Shared leadership
  • Culture and learning
Learn more

Hello Quercus, Goodbye Portal

Remember to archive your portal content by August 31, 2018.
Screenshot from Hello Quercus, Goodbye Portal video
Watch the video

How one team is handling the migration: HR staff plan for migration from Portal Organizations to SharePoint

On May 9th, HR employees from across U of T participated in a focus group session to guide the creation of a SharePoint HR Documents Hub to replace the retiring BlackBoard portal. Facilitators were impressed by the insightful discussion resulting in feedback and suggestions. Thank you to all volunteers for their participation.
Photo of HR staff focus group on SharePoint

The portal will be gone after August 31, 2018

Archive and migrate your content before then.
Learn More

EASI’s website has a new look

Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) has revamped its website.
Screenshot of new EASI website
Visit EASI's new website

Who’s True Blue? U of T launches everyday recognition program

HR in partnership with EASI, have launched a new online recognition platform that allows U of T staff to nominate colleagues for formal awards like the U of T Excellence Through Innovation Award, and recognize other’s daily accomplishments through the U of T True Blue recognition program.

Celebrate a colleague's contributions today! Encourage collaboration, applaud innovation, celebrate equity, commend leadership, recognize exceptional service, and champion citizenship
Read the full story

Science Rendezvous outreach reveals a generation of security savvy kids

On Saturday, May 12th a generation of budding scientists took over St. George Street to celebrate Science Rendezvous, and the ITS education and awareness team was there.

Photo of ITS education and awareness booth at Science Rendezvous
Read the full story

Why collaborative change
works at U of T

In May 2016, EASI created a change advisory board to evaluate and prioritize faculty and divisional requests for changes to Repository of Student Information (ROSI), the student information system.
Photo of ROSI change advisory board
Read the full story

Office 365: UTORmail
migrations are underway

Office 365 offers a variety of ways to connect and collaborate with your team.

Screenshot of the U of T Office 365 website
Learn more

Over 2,000 lines have
been moved to VoIP

Screenshot of the U of T telecommunications website
See the latest project statistics

Websites without HTTPS will
be marked as "not secure"
by Google Chrome

Image of web browser address bar
As of July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser will display non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’. This is a victory for the IT security conscious, and users concerned about the privacy of their data. 
Example of HTTP page treatment in future version of Chrome
Read the full story

May 2018 events recap

This month, ITS participated in TechKnowFile, Quercus Day, Science Rendezvous, and two Security Matters talks: Managing your Digital Footprint (Student Edition) and Practical Information Security.
Photo of TKF alum, Tamara and TJ, handing out prizes during closing remarks
Photo of Quercus Day presentation
Photo of pom pom survey for Science Rendezvous
Photo from Security Matters Talk: Managing your Digital Footprint (Student Edition)
Read the full story

New ITS Staff

May 2018

Please welcome:
Yuchen Jia, EASI/NGSIS
Anju Meena Das, EASI

Upcoming Events


Security Matters Info Session: Cyber Crime

Presenter: John DiMarco
Thursday, June 20, 2018
12:30pm – 1:30pm
1170 Bahen

VoIP Information Session

Thursday, June 28, 2018
11am – 12pm

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