Meeting Minutes

November 20, 1998 Meeting

Members present: Craig Berry, Ginger Boone, Paul Hons, Curry Searle (for Mike Hatch,) Chris Strauss, Tim Christian, Gary Matthews, Dallas Newell, Kelly Wood, Paul Hons, Jim Curry, Robert Pierce, Cyndie Harris, Eric Duchemin, Roy Zumwalt

Members Absent: Ramu Muthia, Abraham John, Bruce Pollock, Allen Bradley, Sandy Burke, Rich Anderson, Bill Buntain

Guests Present: Mike Wright, Jason Myre, Richard Harris, John Bradley, Wil Clark

The meeting was called to order at 10:00am.

Jim Curry reported that Dell had upgraded the laptop configurations of the two models we purchase from them, and asked whether we wanted to continue supporting those machines. After discussing the pro's and con's of dealing with frequent changes to the configurations, the group agreed to keep supporting Dell laptop purchases at least until the end of the evaluation period of the contract.

Tim Christian reported that text paging from Remedy would be available soon, including the options of sending pages by level of priority, restricting pages to particular times of the day, and other similar enhancements to standard paging. The implementation committee had met and had decided to expedite the training process: student employees continue to be a problem because of their rapid turnover so in the future the distributed units will do their own training of those employees, including FERPA training. Chris will make his Powerpoint presentation available to the distributed units.  Distributed units were cautioned to conform to the standard UNT configuration of Remedy, otherwise their client systems won't connect or work properly. Tim also reported that we had obtained approval to carry asset information in Remedy, so in the future those records will be added to the Remedy implementation. Finally, Tim reported that the implementation committee had discussed the question of purchasing a PalmPilot interface to Remedy for th 15 or 20 users who have such devices. The committee decided not to purchase the interface, however, because the ARWeb interface to PalmPilot would work adequately.

Maurice reported that Sandy Burke was continuing to investigate Year 2000 checking software packages. It was mentioned that Zenworks has a new Y2K checking product out now and that Sandy should include it in her investigations.

John Bradley reported that his latest negotiations with the SoftTrack publisher resulted in a 2,300-license with maintenance for about $18,000. John will query current SoftTrack users on campus, ask them what they'd be willing to pay for a new license, and then make a final offer to Enron (the vendor of SoftTrack) based on the feedback he got from the campus.

Maurice gave a brief overview of the planning for information technology support at the proposed southern Dallas center of UNT. He reported that a single general access lab, supporting the Library, some student advising/counseling services, and general computer usage, was planned. In addition, two videoconferencing rooms were planned, one of which would also double as a computer classroom. A second computer classroom was also in the plans, as were full multimedia projection setups in each classroom.

In the course of discussing each distributed area's recent activities, it was brought up that some units are able to purchase software from the UNT Bookstore, while other units have been told that we can no longer buy from that source. Maurice said that he'd check on the official position on purchasing from the Bookstore and would report back to the DCSMT.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.


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