Snapshot: Freeman on Upcoming IT Initiatives with Walker School

| November 27, 2013
CIO Ken Freeman discussed on-going IT initiatives with Walker School faculty and staff.

CIO Ken Freeman discussed on-going IT initiatives with Walker School faculty and staff.

In a visit with George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology faculty and staff, Ken Freeman provided an update on Webster University’s technology plan. During the vice president and chief information officer’s presentation, he stressed the need for collaboration among Information Technology (IT) and the different schools, colleges and departments at Webster.

“You need to bring IT to the table as a partner when working on projects and initiatives,” Freeman said.  “In doing so, we can ensure that you achieve the results you want to.”

Freeman said IT is focusing its work on three areas:  standardization, innovation and globalization.

Some highlights from the conversation include:

  • Videoconferencing: EAB 253/263 has been reconfigured to allow for this; Loretto Hall 402 will also have this capability added as well as classroom spaces at San Antonio, Kansas City, Orlando, Columbia, and Vienna, among other campus locations.
  • Windows 7:  This operating system will be rolled out university-wide by March 2014.
  • Bandwidth:  Through a new five year agreement with AT&T, Webster is adding more bandwidth.  This agreement will enable Webster to maximize videoconferencing capabilities.
  • Webster App: A new mobile app is in the works. AT&T is working to develop this with input from a committee.

Freeman announced that quarterly open sessions will be scheduled next year for faculty and staff to address any IT-related issues.

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