Friday, December 13, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

During this seminar, Greg will offer insights into the key lessons learned while attending the 2019 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference (held in Chicago, IL), linking them to some ongoing IT initiatives here at Waterloo.

This seminar will not be recorded/webcasted.

Speaker bio:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 — 8:40 AM to 3:45 PM EST

A conference to promote collaboration among IT staff at Waterloo

Information Technology (IT) is an integral part of the University of Waterloo. As IT support staff, we play an important role in the advancement and future of our institution. We are pleased to be able to bring IT people together from all across campus to share experiences and knowledge with the 17th annual Waterloo Information Technology and Information Systems (“WatITis”) conference.

The conference is open to all staff, faculty and students involved in IT. Registration is free and includes lunch.

Friday, November 22, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST
IST Communications Update: 
It can be difficult to stay in the know about any and all of the IT changes and initiatives that occur each term. In this seminar, the IST Communications team will provide a look at some of the work they've been involved in this year and the associated communications resources, including the new Cyber Awareness RoadshowIT in 60 seconds video series, and IST News email subscription.
 
Speakers: Carol Lu, Natasha Jennings
 
Office 365 ProPlus Overview:
Office 365 ProPlus is the newest version of the Microsoft Office Suite for the desktop (replacing Office 2016). In this seminar, Lisa Tomalty, will provide an overview of Office 365 ProPlus and how it will be deployed to Academic Support departments through SCCM.
 
Speaker: Lisa Tomalty
 
This seminar will not be recorded/webcasted.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST

About the consultations 

Members of project team will make a brief presentation, which will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any component of the project. The objectives of the IST consultation sessions are: 

  • to review the rationale for email in the cloud deployment 

  • to obtain feedback so we can determine if we will proceed 

  • to identify any gaps or areas we would need to address if we proceed 

What we’ll review 

Monday, November 11, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM EST

About the consultations 

Members of project team will make a brief presentation, which will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any component of the project. The objectives of the IST consultation sessions are: 

  • to review the rationale for email in the cloud deployment 

  • to obtain feedback so we can determine if we will proceed 

  • to identify any gaps or areas we would need to address if we proceed 

What we’ll review 

Friday, October 18, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

During this seminar, Matt Harford and Natasha Jennings will introduce the new multiple-choice exam processing service, Akindi, beginning with a brief look at the benefits of the service, how it works, and the implementation timeline, followed by a live demonstration.

This seminar will not be recorded/webcasted.

Speaker bios:

Matt Harford is IST’s Service Desk Manager, overseeing the EC2 service desk and physical service desks in DC Library, DP Library, and Village 1. While the service desks keep him very busy, Matt enjoys woodworking, cooking, and his dog, Ramsey.

Natasha Jennings is the Communications Officer for Information Systems & Technology (IST), providing support across the department for internal and external communications and IST projects and services. Natasha is currently working to complete a Master’s degree from the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. Outside of work (and school), Natasha loves spending time with her family, including son John (6) and daughter Josephine (3), cheering for the Patriots, and discovering delicious new wines.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Are you #cyberaware? Learn about how you can keep your online data safe - we'll have tons of FREE swag and treats too!

Friday, October 4, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

At this seminar you will learn about the technical aspect of the Microsoft Azure QnA Maker bot and how it was implemented for a pilot project in The Centre. Shah will demonstrate the Bot, QnA Maker and the reporting capabilities. Bot architecture and cost will also be discussed.

Speaker bio

Shah is the Solutions Architect Team Lead in Departmental and Campus Applications (DCA), IST. He supports use of a variety of technologies across campus. Shah is a graduate of University of Windsor, with a Masters in AI, Natural Language Processing from the same University. Shah worked in variety of industries, from Automotive to the Energy sector, before coming to the University of Waterloo. Shah has great interest in Automobiles. He drove his 2002 Honda Accord 301K kms before selling it.

This seminar will not be recorded/webcasted. 

Friday, September 27, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

As the Director of ERP Systems, Daryl leads IST’s efforts for Quest, HR, Financial and data systems. In this seminar, Daryl will provide updates from his team and an overview of new initiatives, including the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) project and the new Azure data environment (being implemented to support campus reporting needs).

Speaker bio

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Please join us this Friday as attendees of the following Higher Ed Conferences share their conference experiences and key takeaways:

This seminar will not be recorded/webcasted.

Friday, June 14, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Overview:

Over the last few years, Apple has been “shaping” how Mac Admins manage Macintosh computers. This direction doesn’t fit with the current needs of our Waterloo community, and consequently, we’re finding we need to migrate away from concepts that have been used for decades. This session will briefly review these traditional methods, the roadblocks to these traditional solutions, and the new tools we’ve been using that will move us beyond “wipe and rebuild.”

Included in the session will be a demo of “Profile Manager” and App Store Deployment (using Apple’s “Volume Purchasing Program”).

Apple is not alone in pursuing this new Mobile Device Management (MDM) direction, so this session may also be of interest to those that are not managing Mac computers

Friday, June 7, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Overview:

Portal has been a part of students’ lives since 2014. In that time we have received a lot of valuable user feedback that already has, and will continue to, shape the future of Portal. Over the past 10 months, the development team has been hard at work redesigning and redeveloping the next version of Portal. The team will provide an overview of how we got here, in-depth demos and descriptions of some key 2.0 features, and a high-level roadmap for the remainder of the year. Questions will be welcome throughout the presentation.

Friday, May 24, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Topic: The Centre update and tour

The Centre opened its doors to students at the tail end of the fall 2018 term, and was fully operational for the start of the winter 2019 term. At this seminar, you’ll receive an update on how the first term in The Centre went and what plans are in place for 2019, including a student chatbot. A tour of the new space will follow the presentation.

Friday, May 10, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Topic: GoSignMeUp – A new event/workshop/training registration system on-campus

This seminar will provide an overview of the new registration system ‘GoSignMeUp’ (also known as the “Training & Development Registration System”).  Nathan will take a look at some of the features that help the system serve groups on campus such as the Centre for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Research.  There will also be some information on future potential use cases (such as conferences).

Friday, May 3, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Greg Smith is the Director, Departmental and Campus Applications in IST. As part of recent restructuring within the department, the DCA group has grown to include the Web Development team. To gain a better understanding of all things Drupal and support the Drupal 8 rebuild project that will be starting soon, Greg attended DrupalCon 2019. He brings back lessons learned and initial impressions from his first experience with the broader Drupal community, and also has a healthy supply of conference swag that will be available to seminar attendees!

Friday, April 12, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

At this seminar you will hear about the areas within ITMS that support the online learning environment including LEARN (D2L’s learning management system) and many other tools; e-classrooms and other presentation spaces and equipment; live collaboration tools; and audio/video content creation. Please come to learn what the teams have been working on, and are planning, and to ask any questions.

Friday, March 29, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

At this seminar, Michał will present the levels of automation of automated driving systems and the requirements of each level. He will describe the driving task and the responsibilities of the components of the automated driving system. Finally, he will introduce Waterloo's 'Autonomoose' project as an example of an automated driving system.

Friday, March 8, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

This seminar will provide an update on what's happening in the Client Services group of IST, including an overview of who we are and what we do; a recap of 2018 projects; and a look at what we're focused on in 2019.

Friday, March 1, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

This seminar will present a summary of the Departmental and Campus Applications group in IST.  Looking back to 2013, when DCA was originally formed, through to the present, we will talk about some project highlights and relationships built across campus.  With the latest IST restructuring taking effect next week, we will also peek ahead to see some of the future activities and projects for the ‘new DCA group.’

Friday, February 22, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

Steven is the Director of Technology Integrated Services (TIS) in IST.

At this seminar you will hear about the different areas within the TIS group that supports technologies related to: Workstations, Digital and Analog Communications, Enterprise Applications, Physical Security, Structured Cabling, System Administration including Servers and Storage, Wired and Wireless Networks, and the Campus Data Centres.

Friday, February 15, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

At this seminar, Mike Patterson (IST) will present on the information security incidents that affected campus in 2018 and some noticeable trends.

Friday, February 8, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

This seminar has been cancelled and will take place at a later date.

At this seminar you will hear about the areas within ITMS that support the online learning environment including LEARN (D2L’s learning management system) and many other tools; e-classrooms and other presentation spaces and equipment; live collaboration tools; and audio/video content creation. Please come to learn what the teams have been working on, and are planning, and to ask any questions.
 

Friday, January 11, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

John Morton will introduce and give a brief presentation on SHARCNET (Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network) at Waterloo, including academic super computer, Graham. Formally established in 2001, SHARCNET is the largest high-performance computing consortium in Canada, including 18 universities, colleges and research institutes across southwestern, central and northern Ontario.

This presentation will include a tour of the computing facility.

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