IT Update

Security Planning Assessment replaces Security Design Review process on March 8

March 4, 2021

On Monday, March 8, Yale’s Information Security Office is introducing a new process. The Security Planning Assessment (SPA) is the new way to ensure the security of Yale IT Systems. The SPA process will replace the existing Security Design Review (SDR) process. The new process advances an...

ServiceNow launches system status subscription service and enhanced functionality for requests

March 4, 2021

The Service Management team has been busy developing new tools to help you get your work done. These include a new system status subscription service and enhanced functionality for requests.

System Status Subscription Service

You can now say up to date on planned and unplanned outages...

Yale's 10,000-mile Fiber Backbone

March 4, 2021

While many of us don’t think about how data travels across the Yale network, one team focuses on making sure it does. The Wired Infrastructure team manages o ver 10,000 miles of cable connecting over 350 buildings and 1300 closets through Yale’s Fiber Backbone.

The Fiber...

Rating and Rewarding: The next "season" in ITS Performance Management

March 4, 2021

By early February, all ITS team members should have given or received their mid-year reviews. For M&P staff, reviews inform merit or salary recommendations, while Local 34 team members’ increases are established within their contract.

As we begin the “Spring” Rating/Rewarding phase...

Workplace Survey Initiatives program update - February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

The ITS Leadership Team and the ITS Climate, Culture, and Inclusion (CCI) Task Force continue to make workplace improvements through the nine separate initiatives derived from the...

YCRC debuts "Parallel Programming with R" video training

February 18, 2021

Yale’s Center for Research Computing (YCRC) recently debuted a new “Parallel Programming with R” training video as part of the YCRC’s R Workshop video...

What’s the key to providing reliable IT services?

February 18, 2021

Documenting and meeting expectations is key to providing reliable services to the community. Through a Service Level Agreement (SLA), a user can view what to expect when using a service. An SLAs also defines the responsibilities of the user of the service. This year, a...

DUO is Everywhere, and it's working

February 18, 2021

Historically, Yale has had to lock between 20 and 40 NetIDs every month because they were compromised. Net IDs are usually compromised in one of two ways:

Someone is the victim of a phishing attack. Someone reused their Yale password on a website that became compromised; this revealed their...

Cafe IT Fireside Chat: Better Allies

February 18, 2021

On Thursday, March 4, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., join a webinar open to and co-presented by Yale’s IT community and affinity groups. The webinar features Karen Catlin, author of “Better Allies” and Yale’s Chief Information Officer John Barden. This fireside chat will cover key points from...

Get clarity on ServiceNow Dashboards and Reporting

February 18, 2021

Did the recent ServiceNow homepage conversion catch you off guard? Are you unsure of the best way to display your ticket information? Need to understand how to use the reporting module to get the most relevant information? Then attend the new ServiceNow Dashboard and Reporting training session...

Zoom bombing - What to do if it happens to you and prevention tips

February 18, 2021

As much of the campus, and the world, continues to work remotely, incidents of Zoom bombing are increasing. Zoom bombers disrupt meetings using charged hate speech, pornography, or other shocking and disturbing methods. There is no place for this at Yale.

Zoom continues to notify ITS...

Mythbusting managed workstations: Protecting your data, ensuring fitness for purpose, and supporting your autonomy

February 4, 2021

What comes to mind when you think of your managed workstation? We often hear “managed workstations are terrible,” “managed workstations are so locked down, I can’t do my job,” or “my managed workstation is too slow.” Yale’s Endpoint Engineering team has taken these sentiments to...

Yale Day of Data 2020 recap

February 4, 2021

On December 3 and 4, 2020, Yale hosted its annual Day of Data virtually, for the first time.

Day of Data is an annual symposium aiming to foster cross-disciplinary awareness of common data challenges in a conference-like setting. Attendees come from Medicine, the Humanities, the Social...

IT Academy training and events - February 2021

February 4, 2021

Hosted by the IT Staff Development team, Yale’s IT Academy consists of a robust speaker series, recommended online training offerings, and learning events to support the professional growth and staff development of Yale’s IT community.

New Diversity & Inclusion Resources...

IT virtual Town Hall recap - January 22, 2021

February 4, 2021

John opened the meeting by reflecting on the IT holiday party and the holiday recess. He enjoyed talking with team members at the event and welcomed the chance to reset during the break. He hoped others had a chance to do this, as well.

After welcoming staff back, John reflected on the...

SAM's journey - licenses, spending, saving, and utilization

February 4, 2021

You may be thinking “Lord of the Rings,” but in this case, the SAM journey refers to Software Asset Management.

As most IT Service Offering Managers and Service Owners know, we are re-launching the ServiceNow Software Asset Management functions. The decision to manually create the data...

Service Owners get behind new financial practices

February 4, 2021

Following a balanced scorecard update in November , progress is well underway to train all Service Owners on fiscal management by the end of FY21. This training supports one of the two financial objectives (F1) on IT’s Strategy Map: to enhance...

Still running Windows 7? What you need to know now

February 4, 2021

The short answer to this question is that we have you covered. The Yale Center for Research Computing and ITS partnered to address concerns that researchers have with running deprecated operating systems.

For researchers who invested in costly instruments that rely on software...

Tableu server usage study planned for late FY21

February 4, 2021

Yale’s Enterprise Reporting and Analytics team will conduct a Tableau server usage study in the second half of FY21. This study aims to determine how Yale’s campus utilizes Tableau, discover where our enterprise reporting tool (Power BI) meets those requirements, and identify gaps...

Staff movement, anniversaries, and new hires - January 2021

February 4, 2021

Congratulations to IT staff who recently celebrated a milestone, moved to a new role, or joined our organization in January. Welcome or congratulate your colleagues using Ycards , Yale’s digital...

New ways to engage leaders and staff among topics at Leadership Team meeting

February 4, 2021

The IT Leadership Team met on Wednesday, January 27 and discussed the following topics:

New resources for leadership

Ryan Schlagheck gave an overview of two opportunities for leaders to support and guide their teams, including skip level meetings and updated diversity and inclusion...

Workplace Survey Initiatives program update

January 21, 2021

The 2019 Workplace Survey provided the University with feedback on areas such as: commitment, communication, decision making, development, diversity, innovations,...

Resources for researchers on use of secure data sets

January 21, 2021

Yale researchers and community members working with sensitive data now have two options to meet their computational needs.

Spinup Data Enclave

Yale researchers and community members can now benefit from the Spinup Data Enclave, launched in late October. The platform, developed in...

Possible action required: Test applications before March 14 to prepare for CAS changes

January 21, 2021

**** Note: This article was updated on March 3, 2021, to reflect the specific date of the change; the date was not yet available at the time of the original publication.

Summary Central Authentication Service (CAS) will discontinue support for Transport Layer Security (...

High Performance Computing workshop: XSEDE: Big Data & Machine Learning

January 21, 2021

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a National Science Foundation-funded virtual organization that integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced digital services , including supercomputers and...

John answers a question about email limits

January 21, 2021

Yale’s Chief Information Officer, John Barden, addresses questions asked by the community through our Ask John survey feature. This week, John answers a question about email limits.

Can you remove or increase the small, single-message limit for Yale email?...

It's time for mid-year performance discussions

January 21, 2021

As a reminder, we have entered the development phase of ITS’s Performance Management cycle , which includes conducting a mid-year performance review. In addition, this year’s (FY21) rating and...

Skype for Business is being retired July 2021

January 20, 2021

Microsoft is retiring Skype for Business in July 2021. The University is moving to Microsoft Teams tools for chat and online calling.

All ITS managed machines are updated with Teams. If you are not using an ITS-managed computer, visit the ...

Java JRE software being removed from ITS Windows managed computers

January 13, 2021
Summary Starting January 26 through to February 22, Java JRE software will be silently removed from ITS Windows managed computers that do not require Java JRE for work or application functionality. There is no impact or disruption anticipated. Approximately 18,000 computers are in-scope for this...