Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2012

Meeting Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Chilton Hall, Room 245

Joe Adamo (ITSS Communications), Vasilis Angelogiannos (Col. Of Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Troy Bacon (Fin/Bus Affairs and Controller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair (UIT)), Michael Bagget (College of Visual Arts and Design), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Ginger Boone (UNT Facilities), Jim Byford (College of Engineering), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Katy Gallahan (ITSS CTSS), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Deke Isaac (UNT Micro Maintenance), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (UIT AITS), Brenda Kirk (ITSS PC/Lan Support), Gary Mathews (College of Information), Pat Nolan (UNT Athletics), Shea Rogers (UNT Business Services), Richard Sanzone (UIT Helpdesk), Chris Stoermer (ABN Lan Mgmt), Chris Strauss (ITSS Remedy Administration), Michael White (UNT Dallas), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math/Science)

Members Present
Vasilis Angelogiannos (Col. Of Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Troy Bacon (Fin/Bus Affairs and Controller), Michael Baggett (College of Visual Arts and Design), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Jim Byford (College of Engineering), Katy Gallahan (ITSS CTSS), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (for Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair (UIT)), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Gary Mathews (College of Information), Chris Stoermer (ABN Lan Mgmt), Chris Strauss (ITSS Remedy Administration), James Strawn (for Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences))

Craig Berry (College of Visual Arts and Design), Allen Bradley (ITSS Contracts and Analytics), Tom Bunten (HSC Academic Information Services), Tom Dent (Adobe), Nassos Galiopoulos (ITSS Sharepoint), Jason Gutierrez (ITSS Network Computing Services), Judy Hunter (Libraries), John Leutkemeyer (Libraries), Claudia Lynch (UIT ACUS), Joey Maldonado (UNT Libraries), James Martin (ABN LAN Mgmt), Don McClure (ITSS Remedy Administration), Vonn Miller (Apple Computer), Vincent Santa Maria (COI), Kris Selby (Col. Of Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), (Will Senn (Decision Support), Ryan Shambling (CLEAR), Jackie Thames (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.)


Minutes from March 16, 2012, were approved as written.


Vonn Miller from Apple Computer shared several announcements and projects that have occurred at Apple since the beginning of the year:

1. iBooks - There has been a significant change to the iBooks apps on iPads to allow use of a multi-touch format. Major publishers can now produce iBooks through agreements with Apple. Anybody can download the iBooks software and make their own books on Macs running the Lion OS. Apple is encouraging education to do this. You can create animations in iBooks - use HTML 5 animations (not Flash).

2. The new iPad - the new iPad (referred to as "the new iPad" - no version number) was released in March 2012. Miller shared new features of the iPad. He encouraged managers to go to enterpriseios.com to learn more about iPad deployment in the enterprise.

3. Apple Configurator - This is a free app download that allows one to supervise devises (needs USB connection). A discussion about deployment to employees strategy ensued. There are three philosophies: a. Personal ownership - belongs to UNT but is your device to use as you please b. Institutional ownership - "the cart method" - devices are completely controlled by IT. Devices have to be checked out. c. Layered ownership - IT gets the device and UNT owns certain software on it but other than that, user has control. IT sets up all devices under same Apple ID and gets and maintains department apps but user has an Apple ID also that is used for other apps.

Vonn plans to come back at Allen Bradley's invitation to discuss VPP.


Will Senn (Director - UNT Decision Support) discussed the rollout of Blackboard Analytics and what it means for network managers. Blackboard Analytics is a multi-dimensional data structure and end users get their reports via Sharepoint and a few other Microsoft products. Currently the student module will be deployed in Fall 2012 at the very earliest. Blackboard Analytics is an Internet Explorer only product so Mac users will need to run it in a VM. Network managers will probably see many user issues (users will be associate deans and above) with this application so he is giving everyone a "head's up" about this. Network managers should go through the same IT support structure that they are accustom to with this application. Decision Support can only help with data issues. He will be coming to DCSMT with updates as they become available.


Allen Bradley (ITSS), Tom Dent (Adobe) and Scott Trudeau (Adobe - via conference call) answered questions about the new Adobe enterprise agreement. The new enterprise agreement does not affect the CLP that governs the Adobe products sold to students in the bookstore. Bradley and Dent outlined the products that are included in the Master Suite and the Design Suite and detailed the process through which applications not in those suites are ordered. Allen will follow up on questions about home use and Academy distribution. He will also set up a tracking system for Master Suite installations. There will be a presentation on using the enterprise deployment tool in conjunction with SCCM as well.


No old business was discussed.


No new business was discussed.


Katy Gallahan needs 15 - 20 Dell 755's; please contact her about this instead of sending your old machines of this vintage to surplus.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for April 20, 2012.

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