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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 4/1/2015
1 Continue to design and implement the move of 500 Tellabs circuits (move from Optera to Tellabs) K.Quire The conversion of Geomax circuits from the Optera optical transport to the new Tellabs (now Coriant) optical transport was completed on December 31st, 2014. Circuit moves are 100% complete.

Followup activities will include shutting down and physically removing the old Optera hardware from all UEN PoPs and District Offices around the state. UEN’s Erate and Accounting teams are working with CenturyLink on setting up the new billing structure.

2 EBC Enterprise LAN upgrades K.Quire  
3 Design and build the Canyons SD PoP and redundant circuits to all schools K.Quire  
4 Install 69 new Tellabs nodes
K.Quire 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 Eliminated  
6 Complete Virtual Route Forwarding project K.Quire
7 Replace all 3750Gs as they are no longer supported by Cisco
T.Jessup 50% 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
9 Complete Daggett County microwave Upgrade J.Egly
10 Support Four Corners Network Development Project.
J.Egly Duplicate of #13  
11 Complete IVC Refresh engineering, design, project planning, and implementation based on UEN 2014/15 replacement funding (TBD) J.Egly 25% January 2015 update:
Project is planned and RFP process is underway. RUS grant of $500,000 has been secured. UEN should make an award in February and will move to implement from March to June, 2015.

IVC room site surveys in are in process and will be completed by the end 1/31/15. Next generation IVC infrastructure/MCU testing and assessment is nearing completion. Assessment includes hardware, VM and cloud based solutions.

12 Complete Lake Powell School network upgrades. J.Egly We have included this circuit in the current RFP and believe that we will be able to upgrade the bandwidth to 100 mbps.
13 Support Four Corners Network Development Project.
J.Egly Ongoing Jan. 2015 Update:
UEN continues to be engaged in providing better service to the residence in the four corners area. Commercial providers seem to be increasing service offerings and needs have been met for those with most pressing needs. UEN is also engaged in updating the Microwave radios that service this area of the state and this should allow UEN to provide for our stakeholders for the next few years.

USU-Eastern installed an unlicensed microwave path to the Ute Mountain Ute tribe’s community center in White Mesa, Utah. UEN, USU-Eastern and the San Juan School District are working on a long-term network design to support the K12 and higher education needs a this location, and UEN is exploring long-term network solutions that included a UEN funded licensed microwave path or a service provider solution funded through E-rate.

14 Continue to identify and evaluate emerging / next gen synchronous video solutions based on UEN and stakeholder requirements J.Egly
Ongoing UEN is conduction a 2015 pilot deploying solutions from Pexip, Zoom, Acano and other technical solutions. We will provide a thorough report once these pilots are concluded with recommendations for moving forward.
15 Redesign and Bid All Alpine Elementary Schools.
K.Dutt 90% The bid process is 100% complete, however, we are still waiting for funding to Implement.
16 Complete USHE/Snow College/Sevier School District IVC Pilot D.Litster
17 Complete two new Snow College IVC classroom installations. D.Litster
18 Snow College PoP Redesign and upgrade K.Dutt Completed Sept. 2014
19 South Sanpete Network Redesign and Upgrade ­ K.Dutt Completed Oct. 2014
20 North Sanpete Network Redesign and Upgrade K.Dutt Completed Nov. 2014
21 Upgrade Washington District primary connection to DSC to 10Gig K.Dutt Completed Sept. 2014
22 Alpine District 10 Gig upgrade to DDC K.Dutt Completed Mar. 2015
23 San Juan District ­ Fiber improvements to LaSal Elementary, Monticello HS, and Monticello Elementary K.Dutt Completed Jan. 2015
24 UVU Capitol Reef Field Station ­ Microwave K.Dutt Completed Jan. 2015
25 Continue IT Asset Management Project J.Stewart
  Determined that the best current approach is to continue with the FileMaker Database. Commissioned and completed a techical analysis of the FileMaker Database, received a report with recommendations, determined that this data base is technically sound. Continued to refine data and add to the authoritative database. Continued a week meeting to review goals and progress
26 Replace one Microwave TX/RX pair as part of an ongoing Statewide Distribution Microwave Backbone infrastructure replacement plan. P.Titus 80% Q4
Waiting for access to mountain tops to replace existing microwave.
27 SANS 20 Critical Control evaluation / risk assessment T.Jessup Completed Jan. 5, 2015
28 10 Gb Washington District ( Hurricane to Washington DDC). K.Dutt    
29 Washington District additional capacity K.Dutt    
30 10 Gb backbone Price to San Juan. K.Dutt    
31 CiB Grant: New Ethernet Radio Install San Juan, Monument Valley, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Mtn. K.Dutt    
32 RUS Grant: 48 IVC Rooms K.Dutt    
33 STEM: IVC rooms Cache District K.Dutt    
Application Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 5/7/2015
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 Update the lesson plan tool K.Branson
30% RESTful API (70%), web interface (15%), data migration (10%).
7 Conduct Identity management pilot (InCommon/Shibboleth) J.Stewart
55% Running a MyUEN portal instance as an SP that is integrated with SEDC's IdP.
8 Complete UEN Web-Service Framework K.Branson 35% Educators API moved to new infrastructure. Lessons API and Materials API (IMA) well underway.
9 Upgrade my.uen portal K.Branson 5% Moved to Q4 2015 to accommodate more aggressive Sybase retirement. Moving to Postgres.
10 Move off Sybase ASE K.Branson 25% See the retirement plan.
11 Rewrite all Perl/CGI applications K.Branson 40% PMT released; Districts/Sites, Lesson Plan, and Rubric underway.
12 Migrate applications to Java 7, Tomcat 7, Ubuntu VMs, and PostresSQL K.Branson 65% Making slow, steady progress.
13 Better build management with Maven and SVN K.Branson 75% Making slow, steady progress.
14 Product maintenance and functional enhancements K.Branson Ongoing MyUEN (Adobe Connect), Contact, IMA, Cactus, and others underway.
15 Develop new Districts tool K. Branson 15% Slow but steady progress. Due for completion by 30 June 2015.
16 Update Rubric Tool K.Branson 30% Well underway. Due for completion by 30 June 2015.
17 Framework security upgrades K.Branson 65% Struts 2 security updates; 4 complete, 2 underway
18 Unit Plan tool K.Branson 0% Scheduled completion by 30 June 2015
19 Rewrite BIRT Reports K.Branson 0% We will begin rewrite after Sybase migration unless another solution has been adopted.
20 Revise CACTUS Interface to accomodate USOE's changes K.Branson  
21 Develop Spanish versions of Preschool Pioneer and Utah Kids Ready to Read. J.Anderson Q2
Completed 10/2/14
22 Create SciTech Now web site. M.Dumas Q2
Completed 10/3/14
23 Develop American Graduate web page. M.Dumas
Launched Dec. 8, 2014
24 Develop mobile versions of hosted web sites. M.Dumas
70% Q3
Launched updated Heritage Gateways site:
25 Support UTN web site needs. M.Dumas
Launched redesigned web site.
26 Update UEN-TV “What’s On” to include First Nations Experience (FNX). R. Keele
M. Dumas
Launched 10/3/14 and
27 Rewrite internal Newsletter Tool. R. Keele Q1
28 Create iUTAH participants’ Directory Database. R.Keele 50% Q4
Waiting for feedback from iUtah.
29 Update eMedia user interface. K.Garrett
90% Q3
Project development completed. Will apply changes after Equella 6.3 upgrade.
30 Update PHP code for database connections. R.Keele Launched 2/19/2015
31 Enhance student interactives to make them searchable. R.Keele   Q4
32 Continue coordinating with UEN Public Information on metrics analytics. M.Dumas Q4
33 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
34 Use Canvas API to automatically update TICE courses in Equella. R.Keele 95% Waiting for Equella 6.3 upgrade.
35 Post Utah Core Standards into eMedia K.Garrett   Deferred to FY 2016
36 Support the American Graduate initative by producing video vignettes. K.Garrett 40% One minute highlight video complete as well as one certificate highlight video.Three minute comprehensive video is in final stages of production. Videos available at
37 Produce videos to help explain iUTAH water research to the public. K.Garrett Ongoing SRI and iFellows videos completed in Q3.
38 Launch new UEN-TV program “SciTech Now” and produce promotional material. K.Garrett View program information at
39 Support the Utah Teaching Technology Council (UTTC) and create a centralized content repository. K.Garrett 35% Project in progress and strategic plan is complete. Metadata transform complete.
40 Develop a plan to caption all of UEN’s digital media offerings. K.Garrett 50% RFP for captioning services is in progress.
41 Explore access to eMedia to give all Utah educators the ability to upload and store content within eMedia. K.Garrett Q3
Launched feature at UCET 2015.
42 Research requirements to obtain and air American Indian Channel for UEN-TV L. Hunter Q2
Launched Oct. 3, 2014.
43 Launch new STEM broadcast program K.Garrett View program information at
44 Manage Application Procurement & Licensing L.Hunter Ongoing Completed Pioneer Library; additional contracts in process.
45 Support Legislature EDTech Initiative R.Timothy Ongoing  
46 Manage American Graduate Grant Program A.Andersen 20% 1 of 8 videos complete, website launched, participation in 2014 American Graduate Day successful. Remaining tasks of community convening, ongoing data submitted to national data tracker system, Reality Check app, online course for school counselors still outstanding.
47 Update Tech Summit Web site for 2015 Conference R.Keele
Updated graphics / layout, submitted presentation proposals are now saved to a database (rather than emailed), vendors now get a code which allows them to register more employees at a later date, added ability to re-send receipts from the admin page
48 Externalize application configurations K.Branson 25% Using JNDI so that UA (and not SWG) controls hosting environment configurations.
49 JIRA custom plugins for QuickTicket functionality K.Branson 10% Done gathering requirements and working on a custom leaderboard.
50 Create online Outage Notification Interface for UEN's NOC R.Keele Q4
51 Expand the automated posting of daily schedule of IVC Events to R.Keele Q4
52 Develop Young Authors' web page K.Krier
53 Develop a Teacher Toolbox to highlight what has to offer Utah educators K.Krier
54 Gather and post classroom activities that utitlize the various Pioneer Online Library databases K.Krier
Support Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 4/30/2015
1 Increase number of Professional Development courses offered in local districts Professional Development Staff 30% Q4
2 Increase awareness and use of UEN resources Professional Development Staff 70% Q4
3 Create a 100% online EdTech endorsement J.Brooksby 85% Q3
4 Create train-the-trainer resources for LEA's. Professional Development Staff 0% Q4
5 Create hybrid learning models for all in-person courses. Professional Development Staff 75% Q4
6 Increase efficiency and booking effectiveness with new professional development management system. J.Brooksby Q3
7 Develop two new online Intel Teach courses. T.Stack
8 Develop two new in-person courses J.Covili
9 Redesign Pioneer Library courses to include new products. D.Sloan 25% Q2
10 Redesign Netsafe Utah online course. R.Bentley 30% Q3
11 Launch First Nations Experience (FNX) on 9.3 L.Cohne
Launched 10/2/14
12 Host film screenings with Salt Lake Community College L.Cohne Film screenings held Sept. 17, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, 2014, Feb. 3, March 3, and April 1, 2015.
13 Expand American Indian Film Festival L.Cohne Films held at USU Eastern, SUU and SLCC were expansions to AIFF previously only held at UofU and UVU.
14 Deliver TV program highlights to designated Higher Ed. Depts. L.Cohne Ongoing Education, Ethnic Studies, Veteran Groups, Arts & History Departments sent UEN-TV highlights via email.
15 Expand community partners L.Cohne Ongoing
  • Expanding Head Start partnership to include all staff training and monthly parent workshops.
  • Developing USOE Library Media and Language Arts partnership with Utah Humanities Council, USOE, UEN and others.
  • Additional Salt Lake School District Multicultural Dept. & UEN partnership forging.
  • Completed Salt Lake County Library/UEN partnership for Autism & Technology Story Time & Apps project
  • Collaborated Utah State Libraries, SLC Libraries to present at Utah Youth Library Conference.
  • Completed Utah Kids Ready to Read and UEN Preschool Pioneer Library Spanish web site
16 Support American Graduate promotion R.Finlinson Ongoing Q2 - Developed graphics for "Many Pathways to Success" on UEN American Graduate website and videos
17 Broadcast American Graduate Day 2014 on UEN-TV K.Anderson Q1
Aired Sat. Sept. 27
18 Participate in and conduct research at educational conferences R.Finlinson
Surveyed educators and leaders at UEA, UCET, UELMA, Tech Summit, SAINTcon, Utah PTA and UAPCS. (See Community Relations dashboards for results.) Participated and presented at Edcamp Utah and C-Forum.
19 Increase participation in social media sites S.Cohen
Ongoing Q3
20 Develop and Expand SciFi Friday K.Anderson
25% Q3
Identified and acquired new programs; interviews with researchers in process.
21 Conduct and Support UIMC Media purchase A.Andersen Ongoing UIMC programs posted online; review launched in January.
22 Coordinate Annual reporting R.Finlinson
23 Develop coordinated strategic plannning UETN-UTN-UEN R.Finlinson
Ongoing Q2 – Developed plan in Q1, updated research and evaluation phases of the plan in Q2.
24 Support UETN Legislative Initiatives R.Finlinson
Ongoing Q2 – Coordinated and produced UEN and UTN Funding Requests for FY 2016, UETN overview, UEN brochure and UEN FY 2014 Accomplishments, Issues and Challenges. Directed revisions of UEN and UTN in a Nutshell video. Updated UEN History webpage.
25 Create, update and distribute collateral materials R.Finlinson Ongoing Q2 – Researched, developed and produced NetSafeUtah Conversation Starter bookmarks and lenticular wallet cards, Nine Ideas for the 2014-2015 School Year cards, FNX bookmarks
26 Support USOE online endorsement and Core training programs T.Stack 50%  
Operational Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 1/23/2015
1 Create UEN branded Graphics Package for UEN-TV R. Finlinson
K. Garrett
50% Q3
Graphics in design phase, to be implemented with the installation of new switcher.
2 Merge UTN and UTN operations. L.Hunter
Ongoing Office relocations, HR, and governance tasks complete. Ongoing progress with finances, strategic planning, projects and services.
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