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July 2016
CIO receives the CUCCIO Community Award

We are pleased to share that Robert D. Cook, U of T’s Chief Information Officer, was honoured with CUCCIO’s Community Award at the CANHEIT / HPCS 2016 Conference on June 20th at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. 

The CUCCIO Awards are designed to honour individuals, groups or institutions whose work exemplifies CUCCIO’s efforts to build and support Canada’s higher education IT community.  The awards include two other categories, the Innovation Award and the Collaboration Award.

Mr. Cook was awarded with the Community Award as a recognition for his efforts to advance CUCCIO’s vision to build, support and enrich the higher education IT community. CUCCIO further acknowledged Mr. Cook’s demonstrated principles of information-sharing, collaboration and knowledge creation throughout the CUCCIO community.

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New NGSIS website released

The new site went live on June 21st, 2016. The site aspires to be an easy to use resource for staff, students and stakeholders seeking to learn more about the status of the NGSIS program and its projects.

You can follow in-progress projects with their completion percentages on the NGSIS project list page.

The NGSIS blog will continue regular updates on program activities, a regular series of post contributors and invite guests to provide their take on NGSIS related matters. If you’re interested, subscribe to receive updates when a new post is up.

Visit the NGSIS Website
U of T Cell Phone Plans

What are your cell phone plan options at U of T? 

Faculty and Staff have access to two (2) types of cell phone plans through our Tier 1 Vendor, Bell Mobility.

Corporate Plans

Corporate Plans are available to staff or faculty who have an agreement to have the cost of their device and plan covered by their department. Employees can to obtain access to corporate plan options via the Procurement website using their UTORid and password. Orders are made by the department's business officer. 

Learn more about Corporate Plans

Employee Personal Plans (EPP)

The EPP plans allow for significant savings when compared to typical consumer plans and are available at all U of T Campus Bookstores.  The Employee Personal Plans have replaced the previously available individual plans.  EPP plans are considered personal, they are not reimbursed by the University and require proof of employment at U of T.

Learn more about Employee Personal Plans

Visit the Telecommunication Website
Did you know?

Software Centre

Microsoft Software Centre is an application that allows you to select available software to download to your computer on-demand.  ITS Client Support Services will make applications available through Software Centre that are license free or have campus-wide licenses for staff computers and laptops.

Find out more

Toolbox End-User Support Team (T.E.S.T.)

The Toolbox End-User Support Team (T.E.S.T) is a tri-campus forum for providers of campus / division- level support of Blackboard and Portal tools. T.E.S.T liaises with ACT and provides updates to each member’s individual constituencies.

Learn more about T.E.S.T. here.

ITS Committees

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

July 26th Meeting CANCELLED
ITS Leaders Forum


TKF Presents: HUAWEI Workshops

We are pleased to present two interactive workshops hosted by TechKnowFile 2016 Sponsor, Huawei. 


Storage Workshop & Demo - July 14

Agile Network Workshop & Demo - July 21


Career Spotlight: EASI

EASI Team Showcase at the ODLC. Staff will have the opportunity to meet team leaders and gain information on working in the area of Enterprise Applications and Solution Integration.

July 19, 2016 on St. George Campus
News Articles

From the U of T Bulletin:

Citizen Lab and Open Effect Develop Privacy Tool for Canadian Consumers

Consumers of online companies may be looking to meet someone new or track how many steps they take in a day. But their dating and fitness apps might have other plans for their personal data. Enter Access My Info, an online tool developed by Open Effect and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, at the Munk School of Global Affairs. 

U of T's Employee Equity Survey

Over the past year, the Integrated HR (iHR) team has been working with internal and external subject matter experts to update the language used in the University’s Employment Equity Survey.

Resulting from these consultations, the University has launched the new Employment Equity survey to all faculty & staff via Employee Self-Service (ESS) on July 1, 2016. Take the survey today.

TECH TIP: Your Cell Phone Battery

Are you saving your cell phone battery charge by quitting all your apps on routine basis? You no longer have to do that. 

According to Wired, Android and iOS engineers have come on record that the act of quitting all apps in an attempt to save battery life is actually not doing much for your battery life at all, and could be making it worse.  You can leave all your apps open and running without it affecting your cell phone's battery charge.

Easy ways to make your battery charge last longer:

Screen Brightness

Lower it or make it adjust automatically to the brightness needed depending on the light of your location (outdoor vs indoor).

Turn off location sharing

Some apps need location sharing, such as maps; However, for most apps, it's a good idea to turn off location sharing. It is better for your battery life and for your security since it's always best not to share your physical location. 

Turn off background refresh for apps

This is one of the most common causes of poor battery life. Apps which you occasionally use constantly refresh the data in the background, regardless of you opening them or not. Quitting these apps would improve battery life, but it is easier is to simply disable auto refresh for those apps and only have them update when you are actively using them.

Turn on airplane mode

When in transit or travelling on a plane, turn on your Airplane mode. This is especially useful in places where you already do not have access to WiFi or LTE connection. You can still use your phone, take pictures and work offline on it, but when you get to your destination or a WiFi access point, you will have a lot more battery charge left than if you didn't turn airplane mode on. 

Source: Wired
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