Friday, December 14, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

At 2017’s WatITis, presenter Kevin Paxman stood up in front of everyone and said that a Drupal 8 pilot site was targeted for early 2018, that the aim was to be ready for new site requests sometime in the second half of 2018, and that migration development was targeted for late 2018. While none of that timeline was set in stone, none of it happened, either. So…whatever happened to Drupal 8?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (all day)

WatITis is a one day conference for those involved in IT planning, support and decision-making at the University of Waterloo. It is an opportunity to see what others are doing on campus in information technology, to exchange ideas, and make new contacts.

Visit the WatITis conference website for more details. 

Friday, November 30, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

Educause Conference Update: The Educause Annual Conference is where professionals and technology providers gather from around the world to network, share ideas, grow professionally and discover solutions to today’s challenges.” (Educause Event Details). The 2018 conference was held from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2018. Discover how to think like a futurist, learn about strategic approaches to innovation, and get a sneak peek at the 2019 Top 10 IT Issues.

Friday, November 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

Lessons Learned as Acting CIO
Over the course of 35 years and counting, Dave has held a number of different IT positions at Waterloo - from programmer in what was Data Processing, through to Director in IST. One of the most memorable though came this past summer, where for a couple of months, he had the opportunity to serve as CIO for the campus. This talk will recount that experience - the expected and unexpected, a few lessons learned and also some things we can all think about.

Friday, November 2, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Overleaf Update

In September of this year, the UW Overleaf portal was launched.

Overleaf is a cloud-based document authoring and collaboration service powered by open-source LaTeX software. Since LaTeX has long been a mainstay in the preparation and publication of technical research documents, its core user base are faculty and graduate students, but our license also includes staff.

In this seminar Steve will provide a brief back-grounder on LaTeX, have a look at the Overleaf environment, and provide an update on how the service is going so far.

Friday, October 26, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Information Security Services: Who are they and what do they do?

In this seminar, Jason will provide an overview of the Information Security Services team within IST, its purpose, organizational structure, and activities.

Speaker Bio:

Friday, October 19, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

IST has recently purchased a SharePoint permissions management tool called DeliverPoint, which will help address the limited default permission management functions within SharePoint. Jennifer will provide an overview of DeliverPoint and the benefits of the tool when administering system permissions.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

This seminar will include:

  • Review of cleanup and migration to SharePoint 2016 (10 minutes)
  • Changes in the User Interface (10 minutes)
  • Features that have changed or been added – and how to activate them! (30 minutes with demo)
  • Some cool things we’ve discovered (20 minutes with demo)
  • Q&A period
Friday, October 12, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Speakers:   Kevin Paxman, IST

This past summer, members of the WCMS team attended the Drupal North Regional Summit in Toronto.

In this seminar, Kevin and attendees will share session highlights from the  conference and interesting things learned from training sessions they attended.

Bio: Kevin Paxman has been with the University since 2001, and is currently the lead developer for the WCMS.

Friday, September 28, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Please join us on Friday to hear about what the ERP Systems team has been up to. Daryl will talk about the friendly IST faces behind Quest, Unit4 and Workday. This session will highlight recent achievements on these systems and upcoming initiatives.

Speaker bio

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

This seminar will include:

  • Review of cleanup and migration to SharePoint 2016 (10 minutes)
  • Changes in the User Interface (10 minutes)
  • Features that have changed or been added – and how to activate them! (30 minutes with demo)
  • Some cool things we’ve discovered (20 minutes with demo)
  • Q&A period
Friday, September 14, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

This summer, Eric Bremner was in command of the Military Band (Juliet) Company at the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre inside Canadian Forces Base Borden. This company was comprised of approximately 150 cadets (ages 12 – 19) along with 22 adult staff (ages 19+). 

During his presentation, Eric will give an overview of the Canadian Cadet Movement, the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, his experiences in command and all of the positive things that he is bringing back to the University. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

What’s it all about? Dell Account Representatives and Client Solutions Group Sales Specialists will be visiting campus to give a product roadmap seminar on their various computers and peripherals including Optiplex, Latitude and Precision models. Demo units of various laptop models will be available for you to touch and feel.

Friday, June 15, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

There are many tools used to manage Mac computers on campus; this talk will focus on one solution: Parallels Mac Management (PMM) for Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

SCCM has been used by various IT support groups across campus to manage Windows computers since 2013. After initial testing by AHS and Environment in 2016, PMM was incorporated into SCCM to extend management capabilities to Macs. This session will provide some insights into how PMM is being used in AHS and Environment.

Friday, June 8, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

In May, several IT support staff from campus attended the Ontario Higher Education Information Technology (OHEIT) conference in Sudbury.

The conference took place at Laurentian University and the theme was The Digital Campus – Work, learn, live and play.

Friday, June 1, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

A sequel to the Duo Two-factor Authentication seminar presented in February. This talk will provide more detailed information about how Duo works, what authentication options it supports, and options for integrating Duo with other applications. A brief update on the Duo roll out will also be included.


Andrew Ward is a member of the Information Security Services (ISS) within IST. Over the course of nearly 20 years he has held various IT roles in IST and the Centre for Extended Learning.

Friday, May 25, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Microsoft Office 365 provides Waterloo staff, faculty, and students with a powerful set of apps that allow users to create, connect, and collaborate wherever they want, whenever they want. Greg will present on Waterloo’s unique O365 environment, providing a deep dive into our favourite apps (old and new), best practices for document sharing and collaboration, privacy and security, and accessibility. Join us to learn more about Office 365 and enhance the way you work.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Friday, May 11, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

What we're up to in Networks

Dave will discuss some of the projects that network services has on their radar for 2018. Topics will include new software platforms, a distribution router upgrade, a VPN and campus firewall upgrade, a wireless core upgrade, and the campus switch refresh project.

Friday, May 4, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Tyler and Eric will give an overview of the DrupalCon Conference that they attend April 9 -13 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Friday, April 27, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Scinage is a free digital signage solution developed by Science Computing. Originally a side-project, Scinage has grown across Science and into many departments. The development team will present the tool’s unique capabilities, discuss the latest additions, and outline the future of the project.

Friday, April 20, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

In this seminar, Kateri and John will explain the purpose of using Digital Imaging (DI) and the benefits for campus. They will also discuss the different document files, paper size, scanners and tracking system used by Central Stores. Joel will provide information on the office paper recycling processes and record storage offerings that encouraged Central Stores to pursue DI initiatives.

Friday, March 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Microsoft has made changes to how Windows Server 2016 is licensed. In this session, Greg will discuss the changes in Windows Server licensing and what IT professionals need to know.

This session will also discuss licensing requirements around SQL Server and Microsoft System Center.

Friday, March 9, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

Mike will talk about how the Security Operations Centre tries to make use of Request Tracker  (RT), and specifically the extensions known as Request Tracker Incident Response (RTIR), in order to track and report on information security incidents on campus.

  • Why can't you see the tickets?
  • Why can't you update them?
  • Why do you get so many emails from RT?

Join us on Friday and some of these questions might be answered!

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

The Student Service Centre (The Centre) is a new department on campus that will integrate a number of student services to address students’ perception of getting the “run around” on campus. 

The creation and launch of The Centre is part of the Vibrant Student Experience strategic theme, and is a partnership between Graduate Studies & Post Doctoral Affairs, Registrar’s Office, and the Student Success Office, as well as involvement from Student Financial Services. 

This presentation provides background on the series of projects formed for the creation and launch of the Centre, talks about scope and timeline, and explains some basic concepts of how The Centre is expected to work with front line Specialists and subject matter experts within the core departments.

Friday, February 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

In the fall of 2017, IST started a new group with students to gather feedback on IST services and help make improvements to the IT services we provide. With one term completed, Matt will talk about the results to-date, along with challenges and successes. He will be sharing information about how the group works, what has been accomplished so far, what they are hoping to accomplish in the future, and how you can get involved.


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