After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard will start his new role on September 8, 2020.

Georgia Tech has made significant progress in our efforts to control the spread of coronavirus through asymptomatic surveillance and clinical testing programs. The success of these programs at Georgia Tech rely heavily on the security and accessibility of robust technology and data reporting tools leveraged to enable testing and contact tracing.     

Daren Hubbard, vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer, has been asked to direct all activities related…

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Georgia Tech wrapped up Phase 1 of the Endpoint Management & Protection Compliance Campaign in late July. Phase 2 of the campaign is now underway and requires full compliance of all GT-owned off-campus and on-campus/on-network devices by December 18, 2020.

Pursuant to University System of Georgia (USG) policy, Section 5.8 (page 66), all USG…

After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard will start his new role on September 8, 2020.

Greetings Georgia Tech Community,

It is hard to believe I have already completed my first month at Georgia Tech. I am excited to take the reins as your new vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer (CIO) and I am grateful for the Institute’s warm welcome and confidence in me. I have always admired Georgia Tech and its efforts to tackle the many challenges we face globally through advanced technology. I am extremely fortunate to now be a part of a talented…

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Apple recently announced plans to release a new operating system for Mac users this fall. The latest update, macOS 11 Big Sur, introduces improvements to the desktop design along with new features within Safari designed to protect user privacy. While Apple has not provided an official release date, the new operating system will be released this fall.

Big Sur improvements include a new look to apps within the desktop dock as well as a single view for notifications from calendar,…

Georgia Tech’s new advising solution, Advisor Link, went live Monday, Sept. 14. The new solution is powered by Salesforce and replaced the undergraduate advising system, GradesFirst.

The implementation of Advisor Link supports recommendations by the provost’s Academic Advising Task Force to integrate more technology, analytics, and data reporting within academic advising at the Institute. The task force was assembled as part of the larger initiative, Advising for a New Era, which…

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The Data Security Task Force and Banner team continues to strengthen the security of protected student data by ensuring that direct (SQL) access to the Banner production database is limited to verified users, departments, and extended systems. The users, departments, and extended systems identified through previous surveys will maintain access. This multi-phase process began in September and continues throughout November.

Moving forward, non-registered users or systems will not be…

Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff can now develop hosted online blogs, portfolios, and project sites through Sites@GeorgiaTech, a new online web presence service delivered by the WordPress hosting platform, CampusPress.

Sites@GeorgiaTech was introduced to simplify how student groups, project teams, and individuals create their web presence. The new platform replaced the popular Professional Web Presence service in late July and will…

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By now I am sure you have seen the official announcement that Daren Hubbard has been selected as Georgia Tech’s new vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer.  Daren comes to GT from Wayne State University; his first day here will be September 8th.

It is hard for me to believe that I have been fortunate to have been in this role for 13 months – the time has flown by!  But as I stated when I first arrived last July, it has been my honor to have been a…

The Office of Information Technology will perform a data center firewall upgrade and network migration to address security and performance issues this Friday, August 28, from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

During the maintenance window, access to Banner, PeopleSoft Financials, and TechWorks will be impacted. Users should not experience impact to cloud services such as Office 365 or Canvas during this maintenance period.

Although TechWorks will be unavailable,…

Georgia Tech’s Partnership for Advanced Computing (PACE) hosted Introduction to Machine Learning and Deep Learning hands-on workshops throughout the summer. Dr. Nuyun "Nellie" Zhang, research scientist and team lead at PACE, instructed workshops garnering more than 400 registrations and 300 remote participants. Zhang was joined by PACE undergraduate student employee, Savannah Quinn, who served as a teaching assistant. 

During these three-hour workshops students were introduced to the…

After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard will start his new role on September 8, 2020.

After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard joins Georgia Tech from Wayne State University, where he serves as chief information officer and associate vice president for Computing and Information Technology.

Hubbard will start his new role on September 8 and will report directly to the executive vice president for Administration and Finance.

Georgia Tech’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) recently launched a new project management platform that will enhance how projects are introduced, approved, tracked, and managed across the Institute. IT Business Management, or ITBM, is a robust portfolio and project management solution that is powered by ServiceNow technology, also leveraged for managing service and support requests at services.gatech.edu.

ITBM allows users to manage both traditional and agile projects. It also…

The Office of Information Technology will perform urgent network maintenance this evening from 8 p.m. to midnight to address recent network performance and connectivity issues. During this time frame, access to the campus network, campus VPN services, and Banner will be impacted. While interruption to network services is only expected to last a few minutes, please expect downtime and/or intermittent delays throughout the maintenance window.

Up-to-date progress will be provided on…

Information Technology at Georgia Tech celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 21.

The purpose of GAAD is to promote conversation and learning opportunities around electronics and technology (websites, software, mobile apps, online documents, etc.) that is accessible and inclusive for users with varying abilities.

The following list of webinars are highlighted as recommendations: 

Webinars

Thursday, May 21…

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is preparing to conduct a series of firewall upgrades starting Tuesday, May 5.

The schedule for the series of upgrades is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 5 

This will begin at 8:00 p.m. on May 5 and conclude by 11:59 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 7 

This will begin at 8:00 p.m. on May 7 and conclude by 11:59 p.m.

  • Friday, May 8 

This will begin at 7:00 p.m. on May 8 and conclude by 2…

Editor's Note: This story by Malynda Dorsey was originally published on the Office of Information Technology website. This version has been tailored for the College of Sciences community.

Twenty-nine information technology (IT) professionals at Georgia Tech recently completed the 2019-2020 GT Digital Leaders program, facilitated by MOR Associates.

Two of the graduates,…

Twenty-nine information technology (IT) professionals at Georgia Tech recently completed the 2019-2020 GT Digital Leaders program, facilitated by MOR Associates.

"I strongly believe that leadership training is critical to the effectiveness of any organization,” said Jim McGarrah, interim vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer (CIO). “Good leaders are able to clearly communicate an organization’s mission and vision, motivate their employees, and…

Many major organizational and procedural changes have taken place across the Institute in the last two years. In light of this, the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Network Services team has been investigating ways to strengthen communication with its colleagues and customers across campus and foster strong IT partnerships, streamline transitions, and work toward Georgia Tech's strategic vision. One approach the Network Services team is taking to reach this goal is to host open…

Note: This article has been updated to reflect an effective date of Tuesday, March 10, not Monday, March 2. 

Effective Tuesday, March 10, core services for the Office of Information Technology’s Architecture and Infrastructure (A&I) team can be accessed in the cloud in Georgia Tech’s ServiceNow® platform at https://services.gatech.edu.

These A&I core services include:

  1. Endpoint Management Platforms …

The Office of information Technology (OIT) has announced the launch of VEEAM as the new central IT system backup and migration solution for campus. This solution was chosen as part of the build out of Coda as a center for innovation as well as the new data center space to support IT services on campus.

Prior to VEEAM, OIT has used Enterprise Backup Service (EBS) Networker and Bacula as backup solutions. For migration of systems, OIT has used VMware's vCenter solution.  VEEAM allows…