Advance the Front
ITS is making serious progress on multiple fronts. Fortunately I have the opportunity to be involved in many of them.
I am very excited about UMD and the new web authentication system. UMD is being used in production mode for the Groupwise Instant Messenger system. Synchronization is taking place between the individual e.Directory resource trees (basically the trees that are used to grant LAN access) and UMD and HRE, the HR database. For example, when I changed my password on Groupwise IM it also changed my LAN password. This may sound simple, but it will provide a lot of value to the state as multiple applications and IT platforms use UMD for authentication. Just the costs of password administration alone would make a strong business case for doing UMD, not to mention the provisioning and de-provisioning capabilities and increased security that it offers. I am convinced that many great things lie ahead for UMD.
Aside from individual projects and products, I am encouraged by the fact that project and product management are gaining momentum. This is a new way of doing business for ITS. Although we've had our struggles, the amount of collaboration and hard work that is taking place is a credit to the people of ITS. I believe it is ultimately the citizens of Utah that benefit from these improvements.