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Information Services Technology Newsletter
July 2018 Summer Issue

In this issue: ITS strategic planning launch, CIO blog, Quercus, ITS in action, iSchool, NGSIS, Data Dragons recap, Office 365, new ITS staff, and upcoming events.

IT @ U of T

The ITS strategic planning process launched on July 3rd. The kick-off over a three week period included workshops (vision development), meetings and presentations with key committees, 43 IT managers and directors and 185 ITS staff members. The strategic plan will inform the vision, goals and objectives both within ITS and across the university for the next three years.

Learn about the ITS strategic planning process, view the presentation and see when major milestones are taking place.

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ITS strategic plan

CIO reflections

Learn about exciting new projects and reflections on the past year in Bo Wandschneiders’s blog:

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CIO blog

Quercus is here!

Say goodbye to the Portal as of August 31, 2018.

Quercus training is now! Register for an in-person session or webinar. The Portal (Blackboard) is closing down on August 31, 2018. Build your Quercus course now!
Quercus training

New Course Information System
to streamline syllabi,
exams process

Projected to save the University over $280,000 annually and hundreds of hours of work for U of T employees, the new Course Information System (CIS) will streamline syllabi and exams processes for instructors and administrators, and help students to make better-informed decisions about their education.

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ITS in action

July 2018

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Photos 1 & 2 - Staff members attend ITS’ strategic plan launch meeting.

Photo 3 - Staff members participate in ITS’ cross-departmental team development initiative.

Photo 4 - Training is underway for new voice-over IP (VoIP) service now available to staff and faculty.

Photos 5 & 6 - Staff and faculty work together to ensure a smooth transition from ROSI to ACORN during this month’s user acceptance training.

ITS and iSchool: working
together to improve services
and recover space

In May, the Faculty of Information reached out to Information Technology Services (ITS) for help migrating the faculty’s data and services away from iSchool’s in-house servers to virtual services and strategic hosting.

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NGSIS platform modernization user acceptance testing launches

On June 25th, Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) welcomed the first group of users to test the NGSIS Platform Modernization Project.

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Social Media Corner

UofTCyberAware on Twitter: Before posting your travel pics while you are away, consider waiting until you've returned home to share your shots. Travel pics can indicate to criminals that you are away from your home, making it a potential target for home invasion.
Follow @UofTCyberAware on Twitter

Data Dragons competition:
how contestants faced the fire

Feather boas, fantastic pitches and fiery competition – that’s how U of T’s first Data Dragons Competition played out.

On July 5th, Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) and Planning & Budget welcomed over 120 attendees to watch six dragons critique five business intelligence presentations.

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Online forms in Office 365

With the Microsoft Forms tool, you can create surveys, polls and formative quizzes – and easily see results as they come in.

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Office 365 Forms

Office 365 migration: latest numbers

To date, 16,554 U of T accounts have been migrated to Office 365, including 13,802 UTORexchange accounts, 1,778 UTORmail accounts, and 974 departmental accounts.

Office 365 website

New ITS Staff

July 2018

Please welcome:

Jesse Beard
Information Security & Privacy Analyst (ISEA)

Upcoming Events


Quercus Training

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
10am – 12pm

Friday, August 10, 2018
10am – 12pm

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
1pm – 3pm

Visit the Quercus Training page for more sessions.

University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) Orientation Street Fest

Tuesday, September 12, 2018
11am – 4pm

VoIP Information Session

Thursday, September 20, 2018
11am – 12pm

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