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UEN Projects and Initiatives For FY2015
This initiatives list represents projects that will be addressed during fiscal year 2015 (Q1: July - Sept, Q2: Oct - Dec, Q3: Jan - March, Q4: April - June). This does not include ongoing operations or maintenance items.
Network Services Application Services Support Services Operational Services
Network Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 7/17/2014
1 Continue to design and implement the move of 500 Tellabs circuits (move from Optera to Tellabs) K.Quire 95% We continue to work with CenturyLink to complete these installations. UEN is prepared to install new circuits as they are made available by the provider.
2 EBC Enterprise LAN upgrades K.Quire 50%  
3 Design and build the Canyons SD PoP and redundant circuits to all schools K.Quire 80%  
4 Install 69 new Tellabs nodes
K.Quire 95% We continue to work with CenturyLink to complete these installations. UEN is prepared to install new circuits as they are made available by the provider.
5 Panguitch CO MPLS Conversion K.Quire 0%  
6 Complete Virtual Route Forwarding project K.Quire
K.Dutt
75% Continuing to work with USU on configurations changes
7 Replace all 3750Gs as they are no longer supported by Cisco
T.Jessup   Included in the 7 year equipment replacement plan. Will be prioritized with other equipment needs as part of the $3 million FY2015 one time funding.
8 Design and implement the Level-3 CoLo move. B.Bryson
K.Quire
Ongoing UEN is waiting on UU Center for High Performance Computing. They need to determine space needed and priorities. We are also putting together total costs and combining these efforts with a need to move the DWDM node at the Park Building on the UU Campus.
9 Complete Daggett County microwave Upgrade J.Egly
D.Sampson
10% New microwave radios licensed and scheduled for delivery on July 25th. Power improvements complete at Manila High School and the Dutch John communication site. Daggett microwave installation is scheduled to be completed in 4th quarter of this year (October 2014)
10 Support Four Corners Network Development Project.
J.Egly Ongoing This group last met in February 2014. UEN was represented at that meeting. UEN will continue to participate in these meetings and explore opportunities to work with the 4 Corners group. UEN continues to provide excellent service to our stakeholders in this area. Other groups would like to ride on the UEN network, however, they are not part of the UEN mission.
11 Complete IVC Refresh engineering, design, project planning, and implementation based on UEN 2014/15 replacement funding (TBD) J.Egly 15% UEN received 3 million in one-time replacement funding for 2014/15. The amount allotted for IVC replacement has not been determined. However, UEN completed designs for new HD origination and receive/simple distance learning classrooms and is currently evaluating new bridging solutions that extend and improve access via browser, and apps for the desktop and mobile devices. In June UEN completed and submitted a USDA RUS distance learning technology grant. UEN is providing a 1-to-1 match with the UEN match and RUS grant totaling 1 million in improvements and replacement funding. UEN’s RUS IVC improvements are focused on Utah’s most rural schools and communities.
12 Complete Lake Powell School network upgrades. J.Egly 90% Beehive Telco completed installation of fiber on July 14, 2014. During the week of July 21st Beehive technicians will be on site in the Lake Powell area to complete installation and install the 10Mbps Ethernet circuit. Over the next few months Beehive will complete upgrades in that are and increase the circuit to 50mbps.
13 Support Four Corners Network Development Project.
J.Egly Ongoing This group last met in February 2014. UEN was represented at that meeting. UEN will continue to participate in these meetings and explore opportunities to work with the 4 Corners group. UEN continues to provide excellent service to our stakeholders in this area. Other groups would like to ride on the UEN network, however, they are not part of the UEN mission.
14 Continue to identify and evaluate emerging/next gen synchronous video solutions based on UEN and stakeholder requirements J.Egly
D.Maw
Ongoing Demonstration provided in Q4 of FY2014 to UEN Executive Director showing latest offerings by Pexip, Acano and Zoom. During FY2015 UEN will prove these three solutions and explore other products and services.
15 Redesign and Bid All Alpine Elementary Schools.
K.Dutt 90% Bid awarded. Pending funding.
16 Complete USHE/Snow College/Sevier School District IVC Pilot D.Litster
D.Mahaffey
80% Classroom equipment installed
17 Complete two new Snow College IVC classroom installations. D.Litster
D.Mahaffey
75% Deferred to FY2015
All equipment for the new classrooms has been ordered. Construction and wiring for the two new classrooms is underway and scheduled for completion by 8/1/14. Installation of IVC equipment will follow. One classroom needs to be moved. Bridging resources for Snow College events have been calculated and are available. Complete class schedules will be constructed later this month (July 2014) to confirm all IVC resources.
18 Snow College PoP Redesign and upgrade K.Dutt 10%  
19 South Sanpete Network Redesign and Upgrade ­ K.Dutt 10%  
20 North Sanpete Network Redesign and Upgrade K.Dutt 10%  
21 Upgrade Washington District primary connection to DSC to 10Gig K.Dutt 20%  
22 Alpine District 10 Gig upgrade to DDC K.Dutt 5%  
23 San Juan District ­ Fiber improvements to LaSal Elementary, Monticello HS, and Monticello Elementary K.Dutt 40%  
24 UVU Capitol Reef Field Station ­ Microwave K.Dutt 15%  
25 Continue IT Asset Management Project J.Stewart
B.Peterson
  Phase 2 will be to collect the data and augment the Inventory database to include E-rate equipment provided by UEN carriers as part of finished services. This will enable UEN to better manage the refresh of equipment not directly owned by UEN but critical in operating the UEN network. UEN is also looking into a suite of robust network database and operational tools. If successful, UEN will migrate current databases to this suite of tools.
26 Replace one Microwave TX/RX pair as part of an ongoing Statewide Distribution Microwave Backbone infrastructure replacement plan. P.Titus 50%  
Application Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 12/18/2014
27 Complete Database Migration to (MS SQL and PostgreSQL) B.Peterson 35% Migration planning for Sybase to be complete by Dec 2014 and complete by Summer 2015. Pioneer Online Library web application is currently being modified to move to PostgreSQL.
28 Move to Downtown Data Center (DDC) B.Peterson 92%
Equipment installed. Services are being migrated. Some production NOC Tools are live from DDC. Utah Data Alliance (UDA) network egress has been moved to DDC. The UDA environment has completely moved to the DDC. There is still network upgrades that are been made at Eccles Broadcast Center to accommodate fiber path technology between DDC and EBC.
29 Virtualize Web and Database server environments. B.Peterson 50% 80% of the web servers have moved to the VM environment. 40% of application servers are running as VM Servers. UEN still needs to migrate and many CGI application these need a complete rewrite to be moved. 70% of the database servers have been virtualized. Much of the remaining will move as the databases are migrated from Sybase to PostGreSQL.
30 Retool Web Hosting Toward Automation B.Peterson Ongoing August 2013 roll out of the new UEN web site allowed for improvements to the deployment processes. Still making progress and are looking to make it even more streamlined for Software and Content Developers to deploy to the production environments.
31 Deploy DNS IPv6 anycast addresses for native IPv6 name resolution throughout the network. B.Peterson 25% Downtown Data Center, the first of four nodes, is complete. Finish Eccles Broadcast Center, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College by the end of December 2014.
32 Update the lesson plan tool K.Branson
5% Building the Lesson Plan Service backend.
33 Conduct Identity management pilot (InCommon/Shibboleth) J.Stewart
K.Branson
55% Running a my.uen portal instance as an SP that is integrated with SEDC's IdP.
34 Complete UEN Web-Service Framework K.Branson 30% Caching and indexing have been implemented in several services and are in test. Making good progress.
35 Upgrade my.uen portal K.Branson 5% Pushed back to end of 2015 to accommodate more aggressive Sybase retirement.
36 Move off Sybase ASE K.Branson 15% Pioneer Online Library and my.uen are currently being migrated. Date for completion moved up to 15 April 2015.
37 Rewrite all Perl/CGI applications K.Branson 25% PMT nearly done; Districts/Sites, Lesson Plan underway; Rubric assigned. (UEN's Web Services group rewrote the Newsletter Tool in Sept. 2014.)
38 Migrate applications to Java 7, Tomcat 7, Ubuntu VMs, and PostresSQL K.Branson 50% Making slow, steady progress.
39 Better build management with Maven and SVN K.Branson 60% Making slow, steady progress.
40 Product maintenance and functional enhancements K.Branson Ongoing my.uen, BIRT, and others underway. Does not include enhancements from rewrites.
41 Develop new Districts tool K. Branson 5% Due for completion by 30 June 2015.
42 Update Rubric Tool K.Branson 0% Work underway. Due for completion by 30 June 2015.
43 Framework security upgrades K.Branson 50% Struts 2 security updates; 3 complete, 3 underway
44 Unit Plan tool K.Branson 0% Scheduled completion by 30 June 2015
45 Rewrite BIRT Reports K.Branson 0% Scheduled completion by 30 June 2015
46 Revise CACTUS Interface to accomodate USOE's changes K.Branson 75% Coding done. Awaiting infrastructure fixes from USOE and UEN's Unix Administration group.
47 Develop Spanish versions of Preschool Pioneer and Utah Kids Ready to Read. J.Anderson Q2
Completed 10/2/14 preschool.uen.org/es/
48 Create SciTech Now web site. M.Dumas Q2
Completed 10/3/14 uen.org/scitechnow
49 Develop American Graduate web page. K.Krier Launched Dec. 8, 2014
50 Develop mobile versions of hosted web sites. M.Dumas
J.Anderson
50% Q3
51 Support UTN web site needs. K.Krier Ongoing Q4
Developed mockups and started to build a revised web site.
52 Update UEN-TV “What’s On” to include First Nations Experience (FNX). R. Keele
M. Dumas
Q2
Launched 10/3/14 uen.org/tv/whatson and uen.org/tv/fnx
53 Rewrite internal Newsletter Tool. R. Keele Q1
54 Create iUTAH participants’ Directory Database. R.Keele 50% Q4
Waiting for feedback from iUtah.
55 Update eMedia user interface. K.Garrett
R.Keele
50% Q3
Project scope and needs assessment completed. Will begin work after Equella 6.3 upgrade.
56 Update PHP code for database connections. R.Keele 75% Q3
57 Enhance student interactives to make them searchable. R.Keele   Q4
58 Continue coordinating with UEN Public Information on metrics analytics. M.Dumas 5% Q4
59 Help UEN Managers develop data dashboards. K.Krier Nov. 7, 2014 Completed dashboards for Network, Financial, Distance Education, Professional Development, Web Services and Community Relations
60 Use Canvas API to automatically update TICE courses in Equella. R.Keele 95% Waiting for Equella 6.3 upgrade.
61 Post Utah Core Standards into eMedia K.Garrett   Q4
62 Support the American Graduate initative by producing video vignettes. K.Garrett 30% One minute highlight video complete. Three minute comprehensive video is in final stages of production.
63 Produce videos to help explain iUTAH water research to the public. K.Garrett Ongoing SRI and iFellows videos to be completed at the end of Q2.
64 Launch new UEN-TV program “SciTech Now” and produce promotional material. K.Garrett View program information at uen.org/scitechnow
65 Support the Utah Teaching Technology Council (UTTC) and create a centralized content repository. K.Garrett 25% Project in progress and strategic plan is complete. Currently waiting for an EQUELLA bug fix to complete project.
66 Develop a plan to caption all of UEN’s digital media offerings. K.Garrett 25% RFP for captioning services is complete. Waiting on feedback from UTTC.
67 Explore access to eMedia to give all Utah educators the ability to upload and store content within eMedia. K.Garrett 50% Projected launch in Q3.
68 Research requirements to obtain and air American Indian Channel for UEN-TV L. Hunter Q2
Launched Oct. 3, 2014.
69 Launch new STEM broadcast program K.Garrett View program information at uen.org/scitechnow
70 Manage Application Procurement & Licensing L.Hunter    
71 Support Legislature EDTech Initiative R.Timothy    
72 American Graduate Grant Program A.Andersen    
Support Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 10/7/2014
73 Increase number of Professional Development courses offered in local districts Professional Development Staff   Q4
74 Increase awareness and use of UEN resources Professional Development Staff   Q4
75 Create a 100% online EdTech endorsement J.Brooksby   Q3
76 Create train-the-trainer resources for LEA's. Professional Development Staff   Q4
77 Create hybrid learning models for all in-person courses. Professional Development Staff   Q4
78 Increase efficiency and booking effectiveness with new professional development management system. J.Brooksby   Q3
79 Develop two new online Intel Teach courses. T.Stack
R.Bentley
  Q3
80 Develop two new in-person courses J.Covili
R.Bentley
  Q4
81 Redesign Pioneer Library courses to include new products. M.Hintze   Q2
82 Redesign Netsafe Utah online course. R.Bentley   Q3
83 Launch First Nations Experience (FNX) on 9.3 L.Cohne
K.Anderson
Q2
Launched 10/2/14
84 Host film screenings with Salt Lake Community College L.Cohne Ongoing  
85 Expand American Indian Film Festival L.Cohne   Q2
86 Deliver TV program highlights to designated Higher Ed. Depts. L.Cohne Monthly  
87 Expand community partners L.Cohne Ongoing  
88 Support American Graduate promotion R.Finlinson Ongoing  
89 Broadcast American Graduate Day 2014 on UEN-TV K.Anderson Q1
Aired Sat. Sept. 27
90 Participate in educational conferences R.Finlinson Ongoing  
91 Launch 2 new social media campaign sites S.Cohen
R.Finlinson
  Q4
92 Revisit SciFi Friday K.Anderson
J.Gibbs
  Q3
93 Conduct and Support UIMC Media purchase A.Andersen Ongoing  
94 Coordinate Annual reporting R.Finlinson
J.Gibbs
Ongoing  
95 Develop coordinated strategic plannning UTN...UEN R.Finlinson
J.Gibbs
  Q1
96 Support UETN Legislative Initiatives R.Finlinson   Q4
97 Create, update and distribute collateral materials R.Finlinson Ongoing  
Operational Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 10/7/2014
98 Create UEN branded Graphics Package for UEN-TV R. Finlinson
K. Garrett
  Q3
New graphics to be implemented with the installation of new switcher.
99 Merge UTN and UTN operations. L.Hunter
D.LaMarche
   
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