The following sessions are being offered on January 22nd and 24th, 2007:
January 22nd – 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST
Maximizing the benefits of Windows Vista in Higher Education
In today’s world of education, educators and students require better access to information and rich collaboration tools while IT departments struggle to minimize complexity, maintain security and reliability, and streamline operations. During this session, we will examine the role that Windows Vista plays in meeting these needs. Specifically, we will discuss the numerous benefits Windows Vista provides to students, faculty and IT including the enhanced user interface, new networking and collaboration features, better ways to find and use information, and unprecedented levels of security and reliability. We will also cover Windows Vista’s system requirements, planning tools and Volume Activation 2.0 options.
Event ID: 1032365126
January 22nd – 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST
Managing & Deploying Desktop Images & Software in Higher Education
The diversity of student and faculty needs, combined with the challenge of supporting a variety of hardware throughout large campuses, makes desktop image and software deployment a complex and inefficient process. Fortunately, the latest generation of technologies from Microsoft can help IT departments of any size dramatically decrease the inefficiencies and costs associated with desktop deployment. This session will cover lite and zero-touch deployment strategies made possible by Microsoft System Center, options for virtualized software distribution with Microsoft Softgrid, and the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment.
Event ID: 1032365127
January 22nd – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Software, Patch and Policy Management for Personal Systems in Higher Education
The physical size of today’s campuses, the prevalence of remote learners and faculty, and the diversity of user systems requires that higher education IT departments have a solid strategy for maintaining software, deploying updates and enforcing policy on user systems. The ability to remotely identify, isolate, and correct systems that are not compliant is critical for ensuring the security and reliability of the campus infrastructure. During this session we will explore how Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack enable efficient management and maintenance of personal computers across campus.
Event ID: 1032365128
January 22nd – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Survive Your Next Audit: End-to-End Records Management with the 2007 Office System
Increased government oversight of regulatory compliance and recent examples of compromised data at major universities has placed policy enforcement and content management high on the priority list. With a comprehensive set of access and information management features, integrated across both servers and client software, Microsoft technologies provide the necessary tools to enforce compliance and policy while maintaining a flexible and familiar environment for users. During this session, we will examine the document management and compliance capabilities of Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
Event ID: 1032365129
January 24th – 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST
Web-based Team Collaboration & Institutional Portals in Higher Education
In nearly every aspect of life, students and faculty use web-based services to connect with information and people. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides a single, integrated environment where students and faculty can efficiently collaborate and share ideas while connecting to institution resources and systems. During this session, we will examine how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enables higher education users to create collaborative workspaces and easily access information, applications and services.
Event ID: 1032365138
January 24th – 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST
Enterprise Search Solutions for Higher Education
With huge volumes of information stored in an unmanaged state across multiple systems, students and faculty often struggle to find the information they need. Join us to discover how the enterprise search capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enable users to search across multiple repositories, returning results which are tuned for relevance, respect security permissions, and go beyond documents to include people and expertise.
Event ID: 1032365139
January 24th – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Doing the Right Things Right: Project & Portfolio Management in Higher Education
With ever tightening budgets and stretched resources, it is essential that higher education institutions focus on initiatives that drive innovation. Once identified, projects must be successfully executed, finishing on time, within budget and most importantly delivering the promised value. This session examines the project and portfolio management capabilities of Microsoft’s Enterprise Project Management system. Incorporating sophisticated industry proven workflows and analysis tools, Microsoft EPM can help institutions identify and successfully execute those projects which afford the greatest return on investment.
Event ID: 1032365140
January 24th – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Streamlining Business Processes in Higher Education with Forms & Workflow Solutions
Managing the collection, distribution and integration of information is a challenge across all departments within Higher Education. From provisioning new faculty to managing financials, many core business functions rely on manual processes and multiple disconnected applications. Discover how the advanced workflow and forms capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enable institutions to automate business processes, incorporating data from multiple systems.
Event ID: 1032365136