Information Technology will be hosting unified communications workshops for faculty and staff Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in Drinko Library and Information Center Room 402, highlighting an improved phone interface that will be updated Oct. 1.
Attendees will learn how Skype for Business (SFB) integrates all of our communication needs by combining desk phones, Microsoft Outlook, instant messaging and videoconferencing for collaboration both on and off-campus.
This workshop will focus on reviewing current features and highlighting upcoming software releases for the Polycom VVX 600 phones, Skype for Business and the SFB Mobile App, as well as how to utilize all of the Unified Communication solutions to increase productivity and improve connectivity and collaboration.
The faculty and staff are invited to join Libraries and Online Learning and the Division of Information Technology for a progressive open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Drinko Library and Information Center on the Huntington campus.
During the event, guests will be encouraged to travel around Drinko Library to learn more about IT and library services including circulation, inter-library loans, the Writing Center, Instructional Design Center, ID Office, IT Service Desk, Marshall Digital Scholar and more!
“We are hoping our new format will help faculty become acquainted with both our new and existing services in an informal and inviting way,” said Dr. Monica Brooks, associate vice president of libraries and online learning. “It’s also an opportunity for them to meet the faculty and staff to ask questions and learn more about the research and curriculum support networks the libraries and online learning have at our disposal.”
Information Technology staff members will be in attendance to assist with questions about IT infrastructure and services.
“The Division of Information Technology is happy to welcome faculty to our part of the campus,” said Jody Perry, executive director of technology services. “There will be members of our IT Infrastructure team as well as our IT Services team on hand throughout the open house to answer any IT-related questions, give presentations on myMU and MUMobile, and lead hourly tours of the data center.”
“The data center is where the magic happens. The 1800-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is equipped with 87 physical servers, 502 virtual servers and more than 270 terabytes of storage. It’s what controls e-mail, Banner, myMU and all other IT services. Visitors will be given an overview of the security and monitoring in place, as well as a chance to see the VMware virtual environment and Big Green Cluster up close,” Perry said.
The event will also showcase the new co-location of the Campus ID office and IT Service Desk as well as information about additional changes to IT services.
“We are also excited to share the changes we’ve made to better serve the university,” Perry, said. “The IT Service Desk and the Campus ID Office have moved into their new locations on the first floor of the Drinko Library and Information Center and we have completed several ‘Behind the Scenes’ updates in and around campus that affect the entire university community.”
Marco will be available for photos from 4 to 5 p.m.
Skype for Business is Marshall’s unified communications solution that integrates all of your business communication needs, combining the best abilities of desk phones, Microsoft Outlook e-mail, instant messaging, group and personal video conferencing both on and off-campus. Skype for Business provides a more feature-rich, flexible and cost-effective solution to connect the university to its faculty, staff, and students.
Skype for Business isn’t just for video calls anymore
Although Skype for Business is still a great solution for video conferencing, it can be used for so much more. You probably noticed your voicemails have been accessible through Outlook for the last year; this feature is part of the unified communications initiative Marshall University implemented with Skype for Business. Additional features include:
Access across multiple devices
Online Training is Available for Skype for Business
On-demand Skype for Business training is available at www.marshall.edu/sfb. Simply click on the “Get Help & Training” tab. To schedule training sessions for individuals or small groups contact IT_Training@marshall.edu.
Userguides are also available for quick reference: