This year Carleton will be well represented at the Canadian Higher Education Information Technology (CANHEIT) conference taking place June 20-22nd in Edmonton, Alberta.

With a focus on IT issues of interest to Canadian universities and colleges, CANHEIT brings together IT staff from universities and colleges across Canada each year to share ideas, showcase best practices and learn from each other.

If you are attending CANHIET this this, here are six Carleton presentations you won’t want to miss.

Supporting iDevices in the Workplace – a Community Centered Approach
Presented by: Melissa Manocchio Ben Schmidt, Charlotte Bradley

People want to use technology like iPhones and iPads at work. By creating an informal, hands-on support and training model focused on users, university IT departments can foster productivity though technology.

Mobile Devices are the New PCs – How are you Managing Yours?
Presented by: Melissa Manocchio

Our computing landscape is changing. The proliferation of university managed mobile devices is on the rise. Mobile devices cost more than computers, especially when you take into account monthly wireless fees. By creating a phased mobile device strategy, univerisities like Carleton can save money and allow for more widespread adoption.

Focusing on the right projects at the right time
Presented by: Stacey Noah

The Enterprise Application team at Carleton University delivers custom application solutions as well as supports third-party enterprise applications for the entire University. With the diversity of our user communities, differing priorities and overlapping business cycles, this can make the prioritization of our work challenging. Over time, the University has successfully implemented an IT Governance structure that guides the larger initiatives that our team focuses on.

The Enterprise Application team has also initiated an internal delivery process to aid in our workflow. This presentation will walk through our process, our learning’s and some of the areas we’ve identified for future enhancements.

Case Study: Openstack in a mixed teaching and research environment
Presented by: Andrew Pullin

Course curriculum in the School of Computer Science (SCS) often results in complex source code and significant modification to libraries, services or even the operating system itself. With OpenStack instructors are able to easily deploy updated environments to their students and students simply pass the name or IP address of their instance to their TAs to have their work assessed.

This presentation will report on the first full-year of operation for the SCS OpenStack. The service evolved from a single user pilot project, to a heavily utilized mixed-use resource that supports multiple classes as well as research labs and individual researchers.

In with the New; Out with the Old — How to decommission legacy IT systems
Presented by: Ben Schmidt

We know intuitively on-boarding new services without off-boarding old services is unsustainable. But decommissioning old services is often put off. It’s a dissatisfier for users. It often requires “high-touch.”  This paper emphasizes the importance of change management to retire old services and create headroom for new technology/advanced research computing services.

Learn more about the CANHEIT conference program.