Division of IT: Technology for Tight Budgets

Technology for Tight Budgets

During these tough times, technology can help. The Division of IT offers many technologies to help you stretch your departmental budget. For example, conferencing (via the web, audio, or video) saves time and money. Voice over IP (VoIP) can lower a department's monthly phone bill by as much as 20 percent. IT Training offers a wide variety of classroom topics. Courses are free and there are no travel funds or travel time involved. Utilize the technology available at MU and hold onto your money!

MeetingPlace Audio/Web Conferencing

"No travel" doesn't mean "no communication"! You can't travel, but you still need to meet with your colleagues. How? MeetingPlace (MPC) is the tool you need. MeetingPlace Conferencing is both an audio and web conferencing service that can be used separately or together. This conferencing service features the ability to automatically schedule MPC resources and conference attendees via the or from Microsoft Outlook. You can use web conferencing to present or collaborate live by sharing your desktop. Meetings can also be recorded for later playback. Learn more...

SharePoint Online Collaboration Tools

"No travel" doesn't mean "no collaboration"! Use SharePoint to collaborate with your coworkers on other campuses. SharePoint enables physically separated teams to join forces on projects. You can author version-controlled documents, develop Wikis, and even write blogs — all via the web. Better yet, you can connect SharePoint to Outlook with its familiar interface to receive alerts, conduct threaded discussions, and share tasks. Learn more...

IT Training — In the Classroom and Online

IT Training is the answer to limited professional-enrichment dollars. Even in tight-budget times, employees want to learn and grow. But that's difficult with limited resources. IT Training is the answer! Classes are free, full of great information, and there's no travel involved. Course topics include Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, web design and programming, and movie and animation production. Web-based training is also available and includes the Apple Media Series (iLife), Apple Learning Center (Mac OS), and MS E-Learning. View the course calendar and register online, or learn more about training opportunities.

Captivate e-Learning Authoring Tools

Utilize e-learning and save your training dollars! Author your own, professional-quality e-Learning content — no programming or multimedia skills required! Adobe Captivate allows you to author web-based training that has advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences. Boost your productivity with templates and collaboration workflows. Your staff can still expand their skill sets, even during these tough times! Learn more...

Voice over IP (VoIP)

Want to cut your monthly phone bill, but don't want to lose any services? VoIP allows customers to use traditional voice features delivered via the data network, at reduced rates. While there is a one-time installation fee, your monthly bill can go down by 20 percent or more. Monthly, on-campus users pay $2.25 less per phone line monthly. Off-campus subscribers save even more. VoIP also allows users to move phones themselves, without having to pay for a technician site call. Make the switch to VoIP — overall, it's the cheaper way to talk! Learn more...

Go Green, IT! Power Down and Virtualize

On the one hand, technology is inherently green, since it removes the paper from most workflows, increases productivity, and allows for more multitasking than ever. But on the other hand, all those computers and gadgets require power, and lots of it! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), computers account for 2 percent of the nation's energy consumption. Unfortunately, the most obvious way to save energy is often the most overlooked: turn it off when you aren't using it. This includes monitors, CPUs, speakers, chargers — and don't forget the lights! Learn more...

Server Virtualization

Conserving energy shouldn't stop at duplex printing and turning computers off when not in use. IT conservation efforts can be stepped up by consolidating server usage from Virtual Server Services (VSS). The Division of IT has embarked on a multiphase plan to virtualize physical servers. This partitioning of servers reduced the Data Center's physical footprint, maximizes efficiency, and cost-effectively provides storage and hosting resources for departmental usage. Learn more...

Videoconferencing

Human interaction depends almost as much on visual cues as on audio input. Videoconferencing enhances basic audio communications, allowing remote participants (who also have a videoconferencing facility) to read each other's body language. The Division of IT videoconferencing facility holds up to 12 local participants with speaker phone capabilities. PowerPoint presentations can be supported in most conferences with prior notification. Learn more...

TelePresence

Like videoconferencing, TelePresence allows participants to read each other's body language from remote locations. With the advent of high-definition (HD) television and faster communications, HD videoconferences greatly improve the experience. The Cisco TelePresence system, soon to be installed on all four campuses, will provide an "immersive" experience by mimicking a face-to-face meeting with life-size HD video on three screens.