MSU IT Council discusses Microsoft campus licensing, active directory, council action items

The MSU IT Council met on April 1.  Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Microsoft campus licensing

Barb Dawson and Rachel Zakhem from IT Services worked with Microsoft to secure a campus software agreement that will offer core services to departments and can be augmented with additional services. Tentative release date for this is May 2015.

Office 365 will be provided for undergraduate MSU students by the end of 2015. Further details will be communicated on the MSU Office 365 project page as implementation progresses.

The executive summary recommendation for Office 365 will be forwarded to leadership. This will formalize and support the verbal recommendation already provided to Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Joanna Young.

Active Directory Governance Group

The Active Directory Governance Group was formed to work with Microsoft Professional Services in development of the new campus Active Directory for MSU. Mike Walters, Agriculture and Natural Resources Technology Services, will lead the group

Action items 

An IT Council member survey identified five group action items to focus on in the next 12-15 months:

  1. Evolve the definition of MSU IT Council’s purpose.
  2. Sharpen the process for how and what the council focuses on.
  3. Define how the council makes decisions.
  4. Update how we communicate what the council does and to whom.
  5. Solidify the council’s position and alignment within MSU.

Council members will work in teams to tackle these important action items.

About the IT Council

The MSU IT Council serves as a primary IT advisory body. Membership is open to the primary IT leader from each of the degree-granting colleges, core academic units, major academic support units, and other major business units.

The MSU community is encouraged to seek out their IT Council representative or visit the IT Council website for more information on topics of interest.