Unit Updates, September 2018
Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.
Villanova University has selected Workday to replace the Finance, HR, and Payroll modules in Banner. Workday is a cloud-based application with significant end-user improvements including faster approvals, an easy-to-use interface, and improved reporting. More information about Workday’s benefits will be shared in the coming months.
The project officially kicked off on September 12th and will involve 50+ Human Resources, Financial Affairs, Provost Office and UNIT resources over the next 10+ months. During this time, project team members will participate in implementation activities while caring for their regular position duties. Please note that a significant amount of time will be dedicated to implementing Workday, and response and process times may increase in support areas. Please plan accordingly. The project team asks for your patience and understanding with your day-to-day requests involving these resources.
Cognos Analytics, which launched on September 7th, is the next generation of Cognos Business Intelligence. It has been redesigned to help business users with varied skill levels generate and share insights from their data. Currently, Cognos Analytics users can connect to Banner data to generate reports and dashboards. UNIT offers Cognos Analytics training on campus, with self-paced training options also available. For more video information and specific dates, please visit the University Analytics Task Center.
UNIT’S Wildcard worked collaboratively with Residence Life and Procurement to award a new multi-year laundry contract to Calico. 36 laundry locations around campus were upgraded to CBORD’s new Value Plus readers, replacing the aging and problematic LR3000. The Value Plus readers support 430 new washers and dryers and will allow students the convenience of paying and starting their laundry with their smart phones using CBORD’s Mobile ID app.
Student Athletic Dashboard
The Office for Academic Support for Athletics has created a new task center within MyNova to assist in organizing access to all applications students athletes need for their success. The task center can be found here: https://mynova.villanova.edu/collection/all/studentathlete
Clockwork-Student Accommodation Software
Students who are registered with Learning Support Services are now able to electronically contact their professors about approved accommodations through ClockWork. LSS has instructions, videos and Frequently Asked Questions located HERE.
Classroom Upgrades--St. Mary' Hall
UNIT’s Classroom Technologies Team worked to renovate office space previously occupied by Human Resources in St. Mary's Hall. This new area has been transformed into 3 new Classrooms. These new Classrooms now include new Podiums, HD Projectors, Wireless AV, and switchers to provide Faculty, Staff, Students and Guests a variety of wired connection to the projection systems. Two of the three rooms have received upgraded microphones, HD cameras and MediaSite recording capabilities.
IT Security: National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2018 Champion
Villanova has once again become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018. It will be joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.
As part of Villanova’s NCSAM efforts and as an official champion, Villanova recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy. UNIT will make available a variety of cyber security safety resources during the month of October 2018! So stay tuned as always to the UNIT’s social media channels, including our Tech Zone’s Facebook and Twitter feed, as well as campus-wide digital signage. For more information about NCSAM and the Villanova’s participation in the Cyber Security Awareness Champion program, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam.