CTO Updates June 2015

Summer is upon us and while that usually means vacations and outdoor activities, the Office of Information Technology staff will be very busy in July and August preparing the campus technology infrastructure for an exciting fall 2015! In the meantime, if you have any technology related questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at tom.wolf@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3838. Go WMU! Go Broncos!

Adobe update: I would like to thank all faculty and staff for making the first year of WMU's new enterprise term license agreement with Adobe a huge success. Let's all work together to make the second year even more productive. If you are faculty or staff at WMU and would like to have any of the Adobe Creative Cloud products, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Muse Pro, Acrobat XI Pro, Adobe Audition, Bridge, Fireworks, FlashBuilder Premium, Flash Professional, InCopy, Lightroom, Media Encoder, Prelude, SpeedGrade, Edge Animate, Edge Code, and Edge Reflow installed on your work computer at no cost, please reach out to your departmental IT support person to discuss the availability of these excellent software products. Faculty and staff who are interested in purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud for home use at a deeply discounted rate should log into GoWMU and navigate to the Software Downloads channel.

Classroom technology upgrade plan: Over the next two months the classroom technology team in IT's support services area is planning to upgrade technology in 16 general purpose classrooms and begin replacing obsolete projectors in another 19 classrooms. These classrooms will benefit from the latest classroom technology digital standards including brighter high definition projectors, HDMI support, Blu-Ray technology, high definition document cameras and improved touch panel controls. See the complete list of fiscal 2015 upgrades.

Google Consumer Apps: Blogger, Groups, and YouTube have recently been added to WMU's Google Apps for Education environment. All three of these new services are considered Consumer Applications. More information about Consumer Applications found here.

Symantec for Android update: Norton Mobile Security for Android malware and virus detection product is now available to all current WMU faculty and staff. Faculty and staff with Android devices are encouraged to download and install this product which may be obtained in the Software Downloads channel in GoWMU. More information.

Web conferencing support: I would like to remind all faculty and staff that the Faculty Technology Center now offers free cloud-based Web conferencing via Adobe Connect Pro seminars. See the Faculty Technology website for more information.

WMU Guest Wi-Fi: The Office of Information Technology recently created a new wireless network called WMU Guest. The intent of this new Wi-Fi service is to provide all students, faculty and staff with a way to quickly grant their campus visitors access to the Internet. The new service uses a generic username of WMUGuest (case-sensitive) and a password that changes on the first of every month. The password may be found in the Wi-Fi at WMU channel of GoWMU, which is located in the second column just below the Announcements channels. See more information.


Did you know? Hey students, did you know that you have one gigabyte of storage available on your Bronco NetID H drive which you may access in campus computer labs? And, WMU is also providing two new cloud storage systems and you have one terabyte of cloud storage with Microsoft Office 365 Pro's One Drive and unlimited storage with Google Apps for Education's cloud storage solution Google Drive.