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Annual report of the Information Technology Standards Workgroup

The IT Standards Workgroup serves as a guiding influence on the direction
of information technology investment at the University of Vermont. In the
interest of ensuring faster, more consistent, and generally better support
for your investments, the committee will set the standards for centrally
supported and centrally managed technologies.

These standards will include all types of information technology purchased
by the University. It is not the aim of this group to limit the choices
available to members of the University community, but rather to recommend
directions for technological investment to individuals and departments.


What do IT Standards mean for me?

No institution like the University of Vermont can offer centralized
support services for all technologies, past and present. The IT Standards
workgroup identifies the technology tools that have the most value to our
students faculty and staff. Our support staff are then able to focus their
resources on providing comprehensive, high quality support services.
Technology standards provide a means of ensuring that all users at the
University will have the support necessary to get their jobs done.

By using standard technologies, people and departments are more likely to
be able to exchange information and to successfully collaborate with
students, clients and colleagues throughout and outside the University.
Students and employees will find their technology-related skills more
valuable as working and learning environments become more consistent.


How do I learn more?

It is vital that all concerned parties understand the reasons for each
standard and the considerations put in to their implementation. It is in
this spirit that the committee will strive to make ALL aspects of its
operation visible to the University Community.

Our policies and procedures are explained at our web site.
<http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/> Here you will find information
about our currently adopted standards, notes on the standards currently
under discussion, and ways that interested members of the UVM Community
can participate in the work of the IT Standards Workgroup.


IT Standards

Below you will find several changes to the landscape of information
technology at UVM. The item summaries list the points of information that
are most likely to impact individuals and departments. More detail,
including the decision-making process, is available online. A link for
each item is listed below.


Antivirus Utilities -- Norton Antivirus
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We have selected Norton Antivirus as the best comprehensive solution for
UVM's antivirus tool. Important features include:

 o central management facility
 o support for many operating systems

Additionally, a solution will be selected to provide scanning of email at
our central mail servers.

 Details of this decision
 <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/antivirus/>


Secure Remote Terminal and File Transfer Utilities
  -- Secure Communications SSH and NiftyTelnet+SSH
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We have identified Secure Communications SSH as the best comprehensive
solution for UVM's SSH client for computers running Windows.

For computers running Macintosh OS, NiftyTelnet+SSH provides a solid, free
solution combining Telnet and SSH support.

 Details of this decision
 <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/ssh/>


Operating Systems
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The following operating systems will be supported:

  o Windows 98
  o Windows 2000 Professional
  o Macintosh System 8
  o Macintosh System 9

Support for the following operating systems will be discontinued:

  o Support for DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11 ends
    effective June 30, 2001

  o Support for Macintosh System 7 and earlier ends
    effective December 31, 2001

  o Support for Windows 95 ends effective June 30, 2002

Window ME (Millennium Edition) will not be supported.

Resources for planning and migrating to standard tools:

  o Consulting services are available to help plan migration to
    current, supported operating systems.

  o Reduced-cost licenses for current versions of these applications
    is available through the Microsoft Select and Campus Agreements.
    (See <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/licensing/ >)

  o Need-based funding is available through the CAP program to help
    units offset the cost of replacing old hardware and software.
    (See <http://cit.uvm.edu/cap/>)

   Details of this decision
   <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/os-support/>


Office productivity software ('Office Suites')
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The standard tools for office or business productivity are:

  o Microsoft Office Standard 97 and 2000 for windows
  o Microsoft Office 98 and 2001 Macintosh edition
  o Lotus Smartsuite

Support for the following versions will be discontinued:

  o Microsoft Office Standard 4.x, effective June 30, 2001
  o Microsoft Office Standard 95, effective June 30, 2002


Resources for planning and migrating to standard tools:

  o Consulting services are available to help plan migration to
    current, supported operating systems.

 o Reduced-cost licenses for current versions of these applications
   is available through the Microsoft Select Agreement
   (See <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/licensing/ >)

 o Need-based funding is available through the CAP program to help
   units offset the cost of replacing old hardware and software.
   (See <http://cit.uvm.edu/cap/>)

  Details of this decision
  <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/officesuite/>


On the Horizon
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The IT Standards Workgroup has projects in progress, items about to be
started, and ideas for discussion down the road. We hope that you will
join the effort be contributing your needs, thoughts, and concerns.

Here are some othe things we're working on:


Web-based Survey tools

We are currently investigating several tools for administering surveys via
the web, and collection of the results in an easy-to-access way. We will
be selecting one of the tools as a supported standard. Too see the work in
progress, see <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/datasurvey/>.


Email client software and Web browser software

We will be considering the various tools for managing email and for
browsing the web. The discussion will begin before the end of the
semester. To stay informed, see
<http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/email/>


Getting involved
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The IT Standards Workgroup is an open body. Participation by members of
the UVM Community is vital to the successful. You can participate in a
variety of ways:

 o Email your ideas to <[log in to unmask]>

 o Join the it-standards listserv and listen to the discussions.
   See <http://list.uvm.edu/archives/it-standards.html>.

 o Join the it-standards list and participate!

 o Read the IT Standards documentation, including the communications
   of the listserv, at <http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standards/>.



On behalf of the IT Network and the Standards Workgroup,

Geoffrey Duke,

Coordinator, Information Technology Standards Workgroup
COmputing Analyst II, Computing & Information Technology

This document is also available online at
<http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standcom/?Page=standards-2001.html>