NC State 2020

IT community Event

November 10 - 19, 2020

Join IT professionals from throughout the university to share information and discuss relevant topics. Be sure to add these sessions to your calendars and be a part of the conversation.

Don't forget to nominate a team or a colleague for the 2020 IT Community Awards.


Jump to the day's events or view them on the IT Community Events Calendar (We'll be populating the rest of the calendar soon!)

Week 1 - Nov. 10-13
Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Week 2 - Nov. 16-19
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Tuesday, Nov. 10

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. IT Community Event Opening Session

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Join CIO Marc Hoit and fellow IT professionals for the kickoff of this year's IT Community Event. Dr. Hoit will give an update on IT and we'll highlight ways to connect with colleagues, both during the Nov. 10-19 sessions and beyond.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Informal discussions and gathering space

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Stay in the same Zoom Meeting Room after the opening session and join breakout rooms for discussions around various topics of interest decided on during the opening session. There will also be an opportunity to connect and "mingle" informally with colleagues.

Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed so you can mix and mingle between breakout rooms during this informal gathering time.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CPI at NC State: Everything you need to know

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Presenters: Chadwick Seagraves and Dustin Duckwall

The statutory Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI) saves NC State money and ensures the best investment in our computing environment. Join our CPI Coordinators to learn about changes in the program, new products and categories, and what you need to know to be in compliance when making hardware purchases.


2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Migrating the SysNews Monitoring and Pager Notification systems

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Presenters: Brian Boley, Joshua Snapp and Don Waterman

SysNews has been around since 2003. It's time for some upgrades. Early next year OIT's Central Services Integration team will replace the current SysNews Nagios monitoring tool and the Online Paging System with a new monitoring and notification environment that is easier to support and more user friendly. Come find out more about these plans.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Coming Soon, Microsoft Autopilot

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Presenter: Derek Ballard

OIT's Windows Middleware Services is configuring a means to have CPI Windows systems delivered directly to end users. It will automatically be configured in the campus SCCM management system. Come find out some of the details.

Thursday, Nov. 12

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Creating a Culture of Change

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Presenters: Alana Allekotte and Sara MacKenzie

Do you dread the questions and pushback from your end-users when releasing new features or updates? Change is inevitable in technology, and it's difficult to address everyone’s needs when it's time to make adjustments or provide training on a new feature. Come to this session to brainstorm how you will empower your stakeholders from the beginning of the change process to develop systems that people are excited to implement and maintain.

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Teaching with Technology in a Box: What's In Your Toolkit

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Presenters: Debbie Carraway

Remote teaching with technology requires both common and creative solutions. Suppose we didn't have to scramble: if you could send a faculty member home with a box (physical or virtual) containing everything they need, what would go in that box? For faculty members that are already at home, if you could send them a care package, what would be in it? When you get ready to support them, what do you need in your own box? Let's share ideas!

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Semantic Versioning the Easy Way

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Presenters: Adam Bernot

Did you remember to bump the version before that last release? This session will discuss a flexible approach to automating software versioning using the Semantic Versioning standard and related tooling.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Getting Smart with ServiceNow Knowledge

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Presenters: Jen McFarland and Brian DeConinck

Learn how to take advantage of Knowledge Management in ServiceNow including:

  • Using Knowledge with Incidents

  • The new Campus FAQ Knowledge base

  • New WordPress plugin for displaying Knowledge on websites

  • How to request and manage your own Knowledge base

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Test-Driven Development with phpUnit

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Presenters: Adam Bernot

Can writing tests make you more efficient? The confidence that comes with knowing that your latest changes didn't break anything can accelerate your development process. We will discuss how to write good tests.

Friday, Nov. 13

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Data Security Challenges: Attachments, Sharing, etc.

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Presenters: Damon Armour, Sarah Noell and Andy Kotynski

All of us have at one point had an attachment that contained sensitive information. This is common in our email. This discussion is focused on how to improve secure handling of this information to avoid potential unauthorized access and how to help the folks we support do the same.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Using Persona to Solve Real Problems

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Presenters: Matt Fields, Matt Deal and Patrick Nethery

Account provisioning and access control can be difficult with onboarding new technologies. Persona is an attribute-based group management system utilizing HR and SIS data. In this presentation, we'll be giving an overview of the application and walking through multiple integrations that have been done to handle managing Google Groups, SaaS applications, and Wordpress authorization.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Rapid Separations at NC State

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Presenters: Andy Raynor and Sarah Ward

The process of managing the access and resources of employees when they leave can be tricky, especially when it's a rapid separation. We'll walk through the process.

Monday, Nov. 16

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. The Customer Driven Service Portal

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Presenters: Kirk Main, Patrick Nethery and Lynn Doby


11:00 - 11:45 a.m. The Secrets to Building a Student Worker Support Team

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Presenter: Nicolette Price

As part of the information technology field, we’re always looking for efficient ways to improve a design or system. A student support team is an excellent way to improve your IT department, from both the internal development and the customer service point of view. In this presentation we will look at the benefits of a student support team and by then end you’ll be on your way to building your own. From the costs of building a team to the training process to the outcome(s).

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Getting onboarded into Azure IaaS

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Presenters: Matt Pollard and Derek Ballard

This presentation will cover the onboarding process and requirements for units that would like to put infrastructure in the NC State Azure environment.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Simulating Lab Experiences using the Moodle H5P Activity

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Presenter: Andy Click

Going online has been a challenge for a number of our courses but maybe nowhere so strongly as our lab sections. To answer the need, the Wilson College of Textiles developed a number of branching lessons using Moodle's H5P activity to simulate the decision-making students experience in a lab environment in a virtual setting. In this session, TCTS will share our core design, lessons learned, and plans for the future for taking our online labs to the next level.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Storage @ NC State: A Q&A session

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Presenters: Aaron Peeler, Matt Deal, Chris Deaton, Andy Kurth, Derek Ballard, Danny Davis, Damon Armour and Gary Li

OIT staff will provide a brief overview of the data storage options available within the NC State environment and then leave plenty of time to field questions.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Updates on the Virtual Computing Environment

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Presenters: Aaron Peeler, Matt Pollard, Chris Allen and Tony Baumann

This session will discuss work to support users with the Azure Windows Virtual Desktop, our on premise Virtual Computing Lab for custom Linux environments, and the Linux Lab desktops. We may touch on the Amazon Web Services AppStream.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Rural Broadband Connectivity

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Presenters: Jevon Smith, Trevor Quick and Kenneth Everhart

Join this session as we discuss the challenges and success of rural broadband in NCSU Agricultural Research Stations and Field Labs.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. IT Service Desk Operations: COVID-19 Strategies in DASA Tech

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Presenter: Kaity Aubuchon

Join this session as we discuss strategic and operational successes and challenges during COVID-19

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Data Sciences in Agriculture: Sensors, High Performance Computing and Machine Learning

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Presenters: Chris Reberg-Horton, Paula Ramos

Join two leading campus researchers as they discuss trends in High Performance Computing from a faculty/user perspective.

Thursday, Nov. 19

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. NC State Brand Training

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Presenters: Mark McLawhorn, Scott Thompson, Bob Witchger and Brent Winter

Learn how NC State’s brand is a singular, cohesive experience across many communications channels — including social media, video, print and the web. Understand the basic nuts and bolts of the NC State Think and Do brand. Find out how and why the brand rules were created, and see before-and-after examples of creative projects that put the rules into perspective. Bring your questions and examples.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Transitioning from Mediasite to Panopto

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Presenter: Leisa Bolles and David Howard

This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the plan for transitioning from Mediasite to Panopto. We'll discuss the advantages of Panopto features and review the deployment timeline.


3:00 - 3:45 p.m. IT Community Awards Celebration and Closing Session

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Join us for the Second Annual IT Community Awards celebration and closing session of the 2020 IT Community Event. We'll highlight all of the nominess and announce the recipients of this year's community awards!

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Virtual Happy Hour

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We can't hold an in person reception this year, but feel free to grab your favorite beverage and a snack and hang out with your IT colleagues. Opportunities for heading into breakout rooms will be provided or you can stick around and mingle in the main meeting room.


Disability Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least seven days before the event. Direct accommodation requests to itcommunity@ncsu.edu.


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