FACULTY SOFTWARE NEEDS FOR THE COMPUTER LABS
April 18, 2018
Most of the standard software suite installed in the computer labs is acquired, installed, and managed by Technology Client Services and Support (TCSS). Other software is obtained by individual faculty members and/or their departments. It has always been our policy to require that this 'other' software is acquired and delivered to TCSS at least 60 days prior to the start of a semester (please refer to: http://isweb.fdu.edu/policies/software_policy.html). This suggests that TCSS must have all other software and licenses in hand no later than July 1st in order to be deployed in the computer labs for the Fall 2018 semester.
It is recognized that many departments are concerned about obtaining software they want paid for in a future fiscal year, until that fiscal year. This concern has been alleviated as special arrangements have been made with Purchasing for departments to initiate future fiscal year software purchase orders as early as April 15th*. This will allow departments to select and purchase software in advance of the upcoming fiscal year.
* Clearly label with a note on the PO "FY19" and with a note on the PO "Please expedite per Neal Sturm - software required to be delivered before July 1st"
Provisions for 'other' software must be planned for by working with vendors and understanding the lead time of the product being purchased. The following steps are required to get software installed in the labs and should be happening now:
- Selection of product
- Request to purchase
- Approval by department/dean/chair
- Approval by OIRT
- New vendor processing
- Contract review if there is any kind of contract or agreement involved (see contract review requirements and process (http://view2.fdu.edu/dwnld/14902
NOTE: Take into consideration a minimum of 3 weeks for a contract review before the PO can be processed. Understand that even if the software is “free”
and no physical signature is required, per the Office of the General Counsel and the Contract Review Policy, if the software requires you to agree to terms and conditions, it’s an agreement that must be reviewed.
- Software purchase
- Software and license delivery to TCSS on, or before, July 1
- Software preparation and retooling by TCSS
- Application and regression testing by TCSS and the requesting faculty member as appropriate
- Deployment into the labs by TCSS
It is understood and acknowledged that such advanced planning is difficult. However, we do this to ensure the best possible outcome for classes and our students.
February 16th, 2016
As we continue the process of rolling out our new Office 365 productivity environment, we regularly collect user's feedback on their experiences. As we gain more insight from our Office365 users, we would like to address a recurring question about an email feature known as the Clutter folder.
Clutter is a mailbox management feature of Office 365. This default feature analyzes a user's incoming mail and moves messages deemed less important to a folder named Clutter. Clutter uses information such as the sender, the subject matter, other recipients included in the e-mail and the user's role in the conversation to determine less important mail. It automatically moves that mail from Office 365's Inbox to the Clutter folder. This adaptive technology is designed to improve over time as Office 365 continues to analyze which messages the user reviews and replies to.
We recognize that some of you would prefer not to have separate "Inboxes" for high and low importance mail. For these members of our community, Clutter is easy to disable within your Office 365 email settings by using the following process:
- Log into office365.fdu.edu with your NetID (formerly Webmail) username and password.
- Select "Mail" from the Office 365 suite.
- Right click on the "Clutter" folder.
- Select "Clutter settings".
- Uncheck the "Separate items identified as Clutter" check box.
- Click on the "Save" icon.
To review any previous Tech Alerts regarding our new Office 365 platform please visit http://isweb.fdu.edu/computing/tech_alert.html.
Additionally, if you have any questions regarding Office 365, please contact our University Technical Assistance Center at (973)443-8822