Friday, 17 June 2016 14:16

Where to find TechConnect

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Email techconnect@uab.edu
Phone 205.934.8333
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Where to find us

TechConnect is located
in room 135
on the first floor of the 
Hill Student Center
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:17

IT Update for June 2016

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June 2016
A monthly report to UAB leadership and the IT community about technology projects
designed to enhance the work and lives of UAB staff, faculty and students.

UAB IT for the win

In one year, UAB IT has notched more than 100 wins for campus


When Vice President and CIO Curt Carver arrived at UAB, he promised that UAB IT would deliver 100 IT wins for campus in one year. The department has delivered — and then some. More than 100 wins, large and small, have been accomplished in partnership with departments and individuals across campus. You can explore these UAB wins here. Meanwhile, we have many more improvements to make — and we're counting on another 100 wins this year to help support our world-class university in its mission to be a first choice in education and health care.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Review, give feedback on the IT Strategic Plan
After months of committee meetings and town halls, the draft of the IT Strategic Plan for UAB has been published. Students, faculty and staff are invited to review the plan and provide feedback on IT priorities. Learn more here.


Pruitt named AVP for Enterprise Applications
After a national search, Ken Pruitt, interim assistant vice president for Enterprise Applications and Solutions, has been named to the position. Pruitt, who has been with UAB since 2007, has an extensive career in management and information systems, including work at Accenture and BellSouth. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from Millsaps College. "Ken has a proven track record of building a strong, loyal team and maintaining strong customer relationships at UAB," said Vice President and CIO Curt Carver. Pruitt, who has two sons with his wife Pam, is active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Join us for a free movie on the Campus Green
Because we have such an incredible campus community, UAB IT has joined TechBridge in hosting a free movie on the Campus Green. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us Thursday, June 9, to watch "The Incredibles." Bring your families along with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers of snacks. We will also have food trucks on hand with a variety of dinner and dessert options. Learn more here.
CAMPUS
WiFi upgraded at new locations around campus
New WiFi hotspots will continue to make campus life easier for UAB students. Over the past several weeks, UAB IT has made a number of improvements to its WiFi coverage across campus. These improvements came as a result of a top 10 list of technology needs from the Undergraduate Student Government Association. New hotspots will be located at Lister Hill Library, the School of Optometry, Campus Green, Hill Student Center, Unity Park and the soccer field.

Automated password reset helps protect students, staff
UAB students, faculty and staff have made a successful transition to the automated password reset feature in BlazerID Central, a process that makes it easier for users to reset their password. Automated password reset allows users to bypass AskIT when they need to reset a forgotten password; with an enrolled phone number, users can get a text message to help reset the password.

UAB to seek approval for funding to improve network speed
The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees will hear from UAB IT leadership June 16-17 as UAB seeks approval for $2.5 million in funding to improve network speed on campus. The funding is part of UAB IT's plan to grow the network capacity to 100GB.

RESEARCH
IRAP vendor CEO visits UAB, looking forward to expansion
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and UAB IT hosted a visit by Eddie Johnson and Nacole Simonds, president and vice president of InfoEd Global, May 2-5. UAB is implementing its Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP) based on InfoEd Global research administration software. The company, which is based in Albany, N.Y., is exploring the possibility of establishing a secondary office in Birmingham. Johnson met with UAB President Ray Watts and visited the Innovation Depot as part of his visit. Johnson said he appreciated seeing how UAB's vision for technology is being accomplished. "Many places are talking about doing the things that UAB is actually already doing," Johnson said. "What they are implementing is beyond what others have even thought about yet. We are excited to see the results of our strengthening partnership. They have an incredibly strong team of resources, and it is exciting to be a part of that family. I expect great things from our partnership and look forward to being a part of UAB as they implement their vision." UAB leaders are looking forward to continued collaboration. "We think he was favorably impressed by both the business opportunities and the nice weather Birmingham has to offer," said Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, senior associate vice president for research administration.

UAB IT collaborates with CITI to bring data to IRAP portal
UAB IT Research Support and UAB IT Application Consulting Services have been collaborating with UAB CIRB to interface with CITI Research training. CITI the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative was established in 2000, CITI Program's mission is to provide educational content that promotes the quality of and public trust in the research enterprise. UAB employees' and cohorts' CITI training data will be automatically flowing into IRAP the Integrated Research Administration Portal as a result of this collaboration.
TEACHING & LEARNING
UAB IT helps welcome new students during orientation
UAB IT is helping to welcome new Blazers and their parents during orientation this summer. In addition to participating in the student activity fair, UAB IT is sponsoring a parent reception and providing technology information. Vice President and CIO Dr. Curt Carver is presenting information to students at each session held throughout the summer for new freshmen, transfer students and non-traditional students. UAB IT staff is also available at TechConnect, UAB IT's storefront at the Hill Student Center, to answer questions for incoming students and their parents.
OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
Security Challenge helps protect employee information
UAB's new Security Challenge helps protect employees' personal and financial information in the Oracle system. Beginning June 7, users logging in to Oracle will be required to sign up for the Security Challenge, a set of questions with user-unique answers. UAB and UAB employees have experienced institutional and personal loss as a result of phishing emails, which prompted the extra security. Learn more here.

UAB IT helps support Benevolent Fund in reaching goals
UAB IT Application Consulting Services participates annually in the technical support for the Benevolent Fund database and donor contribution application during the annual fund drive and throughout the year. UAB IT's role is to provide customized administrative reporting and support. "It is also our honor to work with the Benevolent Fund office, a group truly dedicated to the success of the fund and always a pleasure to support," said Bill Laughlin, director of Application Consulting Services.
COMMUNITY
IT Town Hall coming for Birmingham tech community
UAB IT will be partnering with TechBirmingham to host a town hall for the Birmingham tech community to discuss how UAB can help strengthen economic development and help expand the tech industry in in Birmingham and beyond. Details will be published to the UAB community and the area technical community.

State's CIOs meet to discuss possible partnerships
Vice President and CIO Dr. Curt Carver met with CIOs from around Alabama last month to discuss areas of mutual interest. The meeting is intended to develop stronger partnerships among chief information officers from public and private institutions.
SECURITY
Network firewall protections to be strengthened
To safeguard UAB’s network, UAB IT is planning to update and modernize its campus edge protections over the summer to limit the impact of attempted intrusions by external attackers. Campus IT professionals will need to take action to ensure the changes do not negatively impact the normal activities of students, faculty, staff and researchers. UAB will be modifying the border firewall posture later this year to what is known as “default-deny,” a best practice for enterprise environments. This posture will improve the security of the campus network, information systems and any private or sensitive data stored at UAB. Any server or service which requires external users to access, such as a public website will need to be registered. UAB IT is developing a registration form, and IT leaders around campus are co-authoring the process for implementing the changes. More details will be communicated throughout the summer. Please note that this change does not apply for systems within the UAB Health System network. HSIS utilizes the default-deny firewall policy at their network edge already.

Security tip: Always secure your devices
Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but click here for some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
TECH CORNER
UAB IT co-sponsors Microsoft Education Tech Days
UAB technology employees had an opportunity last month to attend Microsoft Education Tech Days, a chance to connect with Microsoft specialists and partners to learn more about how education leaders in the Southeast are using technology. The event was co-sponsored by UAB IT. 

Dell to present lunch and learn session
UAB information technology professionals are invited to attend a lunch and learn Thursday, June 2, featuring Dell representatives. The event, which offers lunch provided by Dell, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cudworth Hall room 140. Dell will present information about printing and printer management roadmap.
EXPLORING NEW IDEAS
EMAIL ADDRESS LOOKUP: President Ray Watts has charged UAB IT and HSIS to examine email options that will be sensible, non-redundant and cost-effective. This initiative looks to address long-standing issues with addressee lookup (moving from lookup by first name to lookup by last name) and calendar visibility.

TECHCONNECT REPAIRS COMING: TechConnect, UAB IT's technology storefront at the Hill Student Center, will soon offer repairs for technology equipment. Repair services are expected to begin by mid-summer.
DID YOU KNOW?
BE AWARE OF PHONE SCAMS: UAB officials and law enforcement will never ask for your password, personal information or payment over the phone. Be aware that phone scams have targeted students, parents and employees over the past year. Learn tips to protect yourself.
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InfoEd president
UAB has a strong research team, the president of IRAP parent company InfoEd Global said following a recent visit to campus.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and UAB IT hosted a visit by Eddie Johnson and Nacole Simonds, president and vice president of InfoEd Global, on May 2-5. UAB is implementing its Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP) based on InfoEd Global research administration software. The company, which is based in Albany, N.Y., is exploring the possibility of establishing a secondary office in Birmingham.

Johnson met with UAB President Ray Watts and visited the Innovation Depot as part of his visit. Johnson said he appreciated seeing how UAB's vision for technology is being accomplished.

"Many places are talking about doing the things that UAB is actually already doing," he said. "What they are implementing is beyond what others have even thought about yet. We are excited to see the results of our strengthening partnership. They have an incredibly strong team of resources, and it is exciting to be a part of that family. I expect great things from our partnership and look forward to being a part of UAB as they implement their vision."

UAB leaders are looking forward to continued collaboration. "We think he was favorably impressed by both the business opportunities and the nice weather Birmingham has to offer," said Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, senior associate vice president for research administration.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:39

IT Update for May 2016

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May 2016
A monthly report to UAB leadership and the IT community about technology projects
designed to enhance the work and lives of UAB staff, faculty and students.

Empower UAB: Next steps

Ideas from town halls, SPARK will be incorporated into strategic plan

Over the past three weeks, UAB IT customers have taken an active part in shaping the IT Strategic Plan — voicing their opinions in 14 town hall meetings and eight committees, even jotting ideas on Post-It notes. As the next phase of strategic planning begins, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue sharing their ideas on the SPARK platform. By the end of May, an executive committee will approve the draft of the plan before it is shared with the campus for a 30-day review period. Learn more here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sign up for automated BlazerID password reset
Forgotten your BlazerID password and need to reset it? The easiest way is to have already signed up for automated password reset through BlazerID Central. Those who are signed up will get a code via text message to reset their BlazerID password, bypassing the need to talk to AskIT. For those not enrolled during the next time you reset your password, you will be prompted to enroll during that reset process. As of May 2, enrollment in the automated password reset tool is mandatory. Learn more here.

New feature adds new layer of security to UAB systems 
UAB has deployed a security challenge in Oracle, adding a layer of security to the system that houses employees' personal and financial information. The security challenge is a series of questions for which Oracle users will provide unique answers. Each time a user logs in, he or she will be presented with a random question. Learn more about the security challenge and other new security improvements here.

Adobe Creative Cloud now available at half price
Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions will now be available to UAB faculty and staff at half-price for a 13-month subscription. UAB IT is reducing the price of Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions from $300 to $150 — and including an extra month subscription. Learn more here.

FBI phone scam targets universities across country  
A phone scam targeting college students across the country is spoofing the FBI's phone number, threatening students and parents that they will be arrested if they do not pay thousands of dollars for such alleged debts as tuition, student loans or parking tickets. Similar scams have affected UAB students and parents, who are advised to be alerted to the new scam. Learn more here.
CAMPUS
WiFi better at library, athletic fields, mini-park; more coming
UAB IT continues to make improvements to its WiFi coverage across campus, with new outdoor WiFi hotspots installed in a number of locations over the past several weeks. The undergraduate Student Government Association requested improved WiFi coverage in a top ten list of technology needs presented to UAB IT leadership in March. New hotspots are located at the baseball and softball fields; Sterne Library; the Education Building mini-park; and the tennis courts. Plans also call for more hotspots at Lister Hill Library, the School of Optometry, Campus Green, Hill Student Center, Unity Park and the soccer field. Improvements have also been ongoing at the Administration Building, with new WiFi access points installed on 11 floors so far.

Praise & Progress recognizes UAB employees
UAB IT has launched a new internal program that recognizes the successes of employees both inside and outside the department. Monthly Praise & Progress sessions will give UAB IT employees a chance to recognize their own accomplishments and their fellow employees. In the first session, a third of the participants recognized employees outside UAB IT. Learn more here.
RESEARCH
IRAP change reduces processing time for research staff
The reporting tools available through IRAP — the Integrated Research Administration Portal — allow UAB research staff to analyze workflow and identify changes that might further streamline procedures. A recent change within IRAP has reduced processing time for the staff of the Material Transfer Office, from five days to 1.5. The office staff of the Material Transfer Office recognized that Addgene, a plasmid repository that accounted for 28 percent of all initial receiving agreement records for calendar year 2015, allowed electronic signature approval by the institutional official. The standard operating procedures for the office were modified to adopt the online signature and expedite review. It is worth noting that the Addgene agreements often involve materials from multiple institutions; however, there is only one IRAP record for the transaction. Thus these numbers underrepresent the actual number of agreements and do not reflect the true time savings.

New IRAP module deployed for Animal Care and Use panel
Deployment of a new IRAP module that supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee has reduced the administrative burden of investigators, reviewers and the IACUC office. Implementation of IRAP modules usually begins with converting the central administration office into the system followed by introduction of electronic forms for use by the campus. The IACUC and its support Office made the transition from a legacy system into IRAP in December 2014; however, there was no change at that time in the Word forms used by investigators to request approval of research animal use. After extensive testing, a single, web-based Animal Use Request/Registration (AUR) form was made available April 1, 2016. It replaces eight Word forms and includes many features to reduce the administrative burden of investigators, reviewers, and the IACUC Office. An associated, online handbook is hyperlinked to the form to allow users ready access to explanations about the reason a question is being asked, examples of possible responses, and where additional help may be obtained. The rollout of this form involved two Town Halls and multiple training sessions in computer labs at various locations on campus for the convenience of investigators. Training continues to be available by registering for an IRAP Help Session in the Learning Management System of by scheduling one-on-one or group training with the IACUC Office. With the changes in procedures made possible by IRAP, the IACUC’s processing time for initial submissions has been reduced by approximately 30 percent. The new, online form is expected to further reduce the time to approval.

Research storage funding approved by UA Board of Trustees
The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved funding for improvements to the research computing infrastructure. Funding from the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering will allow UAB IT to increase UAB's research storage tenfold, from 0.7 to 6.7 petabytes. Learn more about research computing.
TEACHING & LEARNING
UAB IT will take active role in New Student Orientation
In addition to participating in the student activity fair, UAB IT will sponsor a parent reception and provide technology information at this year's New Student Orientation sessions. Vice President and CIO Dr. Curt Carver will also present information to students during each session, which will be held throughout the summer for new freshmen, transfer students and non-traditional students. UAB IT staff will also be available at TechConnect, UAB IT's storefront at the Hill Student Center, to answer questions for incoming students and their parents.
OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
Budget Works offers online submission, approvals
The UAB Budget Office recently contracted with UAB IT Application Consulting Services to build a new and enhanced budget model tool, Budget Works. The legacy product referred to as BMS (Budget Model System) had reached end-of-life and the need for a custom application to continue the method used to create and submit departmental budgets was determined. The UAB Budget Works budget model application is a budget development tool used by UAB employees to create and submit budgets through an online application and uses a built-in approval process. Budget Works is used to establish departmental budgets for the next fiscal year and can be used to print or download reports as needed throughout the year. The new application was completed in time for testing and training prior to the start of the new budget season. Training is currently ongoing.
COMMUNITY
Gift keeps mother's memory alive
A gift from the family of Deputy CIO Robert Howard will establish the Cynthia Howard Endowed Support Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, an opportunity to fund research into the disease that took Howard's mother's life and a chance for Howard and his family to give back to UAB and the Birmingham community. Learn more about the gift here.

Join UAB, TechBridge for outdoor movie on Campus Green
TechBridge and UAB will host Screen on the Green, a free outdoor showing of "The Incredibles" on the UAB Campus Green on Thursday, June 9. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets to enjoy the film. Admission is free with registration. Click here to register. Doors open at 7 p.m., and showtime is at 8 p.m. Partners for the event include TechBirmingham, Innovation Depot, SIM Alabama, InfraGard, and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. TechBridge is a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable business and technology expertise to nonprofits on the frontline of alleviating poverty.
SECURITY
New classification system will help secure UAB data
Classification of data is central to building a secure computing environment for UAB. UAB IT will soon introduce a data classification standard that uses a common three-level system for identifying data: public (green), private (yellow), and sensitive (red), which will require the most security. Each classification level will have minimum security requirements. The goal is to identify the location of UAB’s most sensitive data so that the required controls for protecting it can be implemented. 

Keeper password security tool coming for campus
Later this month UAB IT will deploy Keeper, a best-in-class password management software tool that allows users to securely store and manage passwords and logins. The service will be available to all UAB faculty and staff. The software has been in beta testing for several months.
TECH CORNER
More than 200 improvements made to IT Service Portal
After meetings with campus IT and focus groups with students and staff, UAB IT has made more than 200 improvements — both large and small — to the IT Service Portal. Input from customers and IT professionals has been essential in making these changes to help improve the user experience. While the pace of changes being moved to production will change over time, UAB IT will continue to seek areas of improvement to the portal and in how services are delivered to campus. Details about completed and upcoming improvements resulting from user input are available at campus IT feedback sessions and student and staff focus groups.

UAB IT recommends uninstall for Quicktime for Windows
Apple has ended support for Quicktime for Windows, leaving the software vulnerable to exploitation. UAB IT recommends that user unintstall Quicktime for Windows. Instructions can be found here

Microsoft Education Tech Days coming May 18-19
UAB IT is hosting Microsoft’s Education Tech Days event on campus May 18-19. The event is open to both internal and external attendees, so registration is required. Space is limited so register early. The event will be held in the Hill Student Center, ballrooms C and D. Registration can be accessed here.

TechBirmingham events available to IT employees
Through UAB's institutional membership with TechBirmingham, all technology employees at UAB are entitled to free or significantly discounted access to the events, networking opportunities, training and other events sponsored by TechBirmingham. Learn more about upcoming events.
EXPLORING NEW IDEAS
TECHCONNECT REPAIRS COMING: TechConnect, UAB IT's technology storefront at the Hill Student Center, will soon offer repairs for technology equipment. Repair services are expected to begin by mid-summer.

ALUMNI EMAIL: UAB IT continues to work on a solution that would provide alumni with UAB email accounts.
DID YOU KNOW?
UNLIMITED STORAGE: UAB IT offers two services to faculty and staff for unlimited cloud storage, UAB Box and Microsoft OneDrive. Wondering which one would work better for you? Learn more here.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:11

TechConnect Notebook program

Notebookprogram logoThe TechConnect Notebook program combines a laptop computer that meets or exceeds individual school or program requirements with the on- and off-campus support and service students need. The offering is available only to UAB students who choose to purchase a program laptop through UAB TechConnect. 

Products can be ordered and paid for online now, with pickup availabie in August 2016, prior to the start of the fall term. Customers will be notified when the notebook is available for pickup.

Some limited products are available for immediate purchase and pickup at the TechConnect store in Hill University Center. Call ahead at 205-934-8333 for availability (do not order below). 



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Dell Inspiron 5000
15.6" non-touch, Intel i5,
8GB RAM, 1 TB SATA,
DVD R/W, Windows 10

Dell hardware price: $797.99
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Dell Inspiron 5000 2-in-1
15.6" touch, Intel i7, 8GB RAM,
1 TB SATA, NO DVD,
Windows 10
Dell hardware price: $1,047.99
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Dell Inspiron 7000
15.6" touch, Intel i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB hybrid with 128ssd, NVIDIA 4GB GTX 960M, no DVD, Windows 10
Dell hardware price: $1,497.99 
TechConnect price
$699.39*

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loaner program
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$899.39*

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$1,259.39*

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The Notebook program includes:
Laptops pre-configured for UAB.
TechConnect Notebooks are selected to meet or exceed the recommendations from UAB IT and the academic areas. Each one comes ready for use at UAB and includes the main required software and access to UAB services and network. In some cases, TechConnect has worked with individual schools to include additional software to support that school's unique requirements.

On-campus service and support. Assistance with setup, software installs, WiFi network setup and coordination of warranty hardware repairs comes with each TechConnect Notebook.

Loaner laptops. Students with TechConnect Notebooks needing prolonged service will be provided a loaner laptop to use until their notebook is returned. The purchase of each TechConnect Notebook includes a one-time fee of $26 to support the loaner program. (Should loaner demand exceed supply, a wait list will be maintained to provide a loaner as quickly as one becomes available.)

Extended hardware warranty. A three-year manufacturer's hardware warranty comes with each TechConnect Notebook.

Full service warranty. Warranty hardware support for your TechConnect Notebook is covered off campus as well. TechConnect Notebooks can be repaired by any certified Dell vendor in the United States.

Accidental damage protection. TechConnect Notebooks come with three-year manufacturer's damage protection, which covers repair or replacement for liquid spills, drops, falls, electrical surges, damaged or broken LCD due to a drop or fall.
Thursday, 12 May 2016 14:46

Parent TechList

Parents of new students: Learn more about the services offered by UAB IT and get started with technology even before your student arrives on campus.

Check your email. Don't miss out on important information from UAB. Every student has access to a free 50 GB e-mail account through Office 365. Your UAB email address (BlazerID@uab.edu) is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB.
Help pack your student's computer. Check out the recommended computer specs before bringing yours or buying a new one. 
Learn which systems are recommended for your school or department.
Learn how to get your computer ready for UAB here.
Connect on campus. Find out how best to connect to WiFi on campus here. Residence halls use a separate network called Apogee ResNet; learn more here.
Get free and discounted software. Through their Office 365 accounts, all students get Microsoft Office software for free. Many other software offerings are also free or discounted. Learn more about Office 365 here (BlazerID login required). Download other software at the IT Service Portal.
Secure your student's computer. Students have access to free antivirus software for Windows and Apple. 
Students also have access to Keeper, a password manager software.
Uninstall peer-to-peer software. Downloading copyrighted materials puts students at risk for fines, university sanctions and even criminal charges. Remove peer-to-peer software such as BitTorrent, FrostWire and similar programs from student computers. Students should use legal alternatives to obtain music, books, movies or software. Learn more here.
Check out TechConnect for new tech equipment. Through UAB IT's TechConnect web site, you can get educational pricing on computers, laptops, tablets, accessories and more. Visit the TechConnect storefront at Hill Student Center for advice on your purchases.
Contact AskIT if you need help. Visit askit.uab.edu to request IT services, report problems with IT services, or read knowledge articles aabout IT services. You can also email, call or visit us.
Thursday, 12 May 2016 14:13

Student TechList

New students: Learn more about the services offered by UAB IT and get started with technology even before you arrive on campus.

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Check your email.
Don't miss out on important information from UAB. Every student has access to a free 50 GB e-mail account through Office 365. Your UAB email address (BlazerID@uab.edu) is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB.
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Pack your computer.
Check out the recommended computer specs and the TechConnect Notebook program before bringing yours or buying a new one. 
Learn which systems are recommended for your school or department.
Learn how to get your computer ready for UAB here.
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Connect on campus.
Find out how best to connect to WiFi on campus here.

Residence halls use a separate network called Apogee ResNet; learn more here.
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Get free and discounted software.
Through their Office 365 accounts, all students get Microsoft Office software for free. Many other software offerings are also free or discounted. 
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Secure your computer.
Students have access to free antivirus software for Windows and Apple. 
Students also have access to Keeper, a password manager software.
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Uninstall peer-to-peer software.
Downloading copyrighted materials puts you at risk for fines, university sanctions and even criminal charges. Remove peer-to-peer software such as BitTorrent, FrostWire and similar programs from your computer. Use legal alternatives to obtain music, books, movies or software. Learn more here.
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Check out TechConnect for new tech equipment.
Through UAB IT's TechConnect web site, you can get educational pricing on computers, laptops, tablets, accessories and more. Visit the TechConnect storefront at Hill Student Center for advice on your purchases.
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Contact AskIT if you need help.
Visit askit.uab.edu to request IT services, report problems with IT services, or read knowledge articles aabout IT services. You can also email, call or visit us.
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Get the UAB mobile app.
Have an Apple or Android mobile device? Download the free UAB mobile app, which provides access to class schedules, Blazer Express schedules, maps, campus directory, news and athletics and Canvas Mobile.
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Register for eNotify.
Students can register their cell phone for various notifications from around campus.  From notifications about postings in the learning management system, to reminders about registration deadlines, to being able to reset your BlazerID password remotely (24x7) ... it all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit uab.edu/enotify and sign up today.

 
Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:35

Recommended Systems by School

Recommended systems for students by school or department. Click on the pictures to purchase equipment through TechConnect, with educational pricing. Recommended computer specs can be found here.

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Department    
Recommended Dell Recommended 
Surface
Recommended Apple Other
General recommendations
(if your school is not listed)


inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best 


SurfacePro4 
Surface Pro 4

MacBookPro 
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir 
MacBook Air
 
School of Nursing
School of Public Health
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Health Professions


 inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best



Not recommended

MacBookPro
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir
MacBook Air
 
School of Business   

inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best

 

Not recommended
 

Not recommended
 
School of Education
  
inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best



SurfacePro4
Surface Pro 4

 MacBookPro
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir
MacBook Air
 
School of Dentistry
  


inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best



 SurfacePro4
Surface Pro 4

MacBookPro
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir
MacBook Air 
Currently have a process where they assist students and purchase computers through UAB for student use; however, students can still purchase personal computers themselves. 
School of Optometry   
inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best
 

Not recommended

 MacBookPro
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir
MacBook Air
Endnote is a heavily used program; minimum of 8GB RAM recommended.
School of Medicine
  
inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best


 SurfacePro4
Surface Pro 4

 MacBookPro
MacBook Pro  

MacBookAir
MacBook Air

iPad 
iPad: iPad 2, iPad Mini or iPad Pro (must not be jailbroken)
School of Engineering
inspiron 15 7000
Good/Best


Not recommended


Not recommended
When UAB IT needed a quick turnaround for opening TechConnect, its new tech storefront, at the Hill Student Center, UAB interior designer Janice Metallo was an integral part of its successful launch. 

“The store wouldn’t have opened without Janice,” said David Yother, assistant vice president for IT technology services. “She saw the vision for what we wanted in the store. She worked with us and with the vendor to get products designed within four weeks and then in the store within one week.”

Yother’s appreciation for Metallo’s work came at the first UAB IT Praise & Progress session, a new monthly event at which the department’s employees choose someone to praise — either within the department or in the larger campus community — and choose something about themselves for which they are proud.

Twelve employees spoke at the first Praise & Progress, and a third of those praised individuals outside UAB IT.

The exercise gives UAB IT employees a chance to speak about campus partnerships and accomplishments — and gives all UAB IT employees a chance to hear about how IT’s work affects the University’s mission.

Those outside UAB IT who are mentioned at Praise & Progress can expect to receive an email from Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Curt Carver about the praise from their fellow University employees.

UAB IT’s monthly Praise & Progress sessions will give all of the department’s employees a chance to speak within two years, when the cycle starts again.
Forgotten your BlazerID password and need to reset it? The easiest way is to have already signed up for automated password reset through BlazerID Central's Identity tool.

Those who are signed up will get a code via text message to reset their BlazerID password, bypassing the need to talk to AskIT. Beginning May 2, enrollment in the automated password reset tool — Identity — will be mandatory when you change your BlazerID password. For those who are not enrolled, during the next time you reset your password, you will be prompted to enroll during that reset process. 

Enrolling in Identity also allows you to receive Oracle RedFlag alerts — text messages that alert employees when their personal or financial information is changed in Oracle, adding another security measure to the system that houses employees' personal and financial information.