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 Operations
Network Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 7/1/2015
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 85% Deferred to FY 2016

Pending staffing resources to complete these replacements.

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 60% Deferred to FY 2016

IVC Replacement - RUS and STEM - 90% of the equipment procurement is complete and classroom installation is well underway. All STEM IVC rooms in northern Utah are scheduled for completion by the start of school. RUS room installation will continue into the fall.

UEN’s new RUS collaborative video bridging solution is installed and provisioning is underway. Testing and training will be conducted during the summer with the intent of moving it into production this fall.

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 Deferred to FY 2016

As part of E-rate Modernization UEN was invited to participate in an FCC panel discussion in May to discuss how this program can be leveraged to benefit the Four Corners project.

UEN intends to leverage funding opportunities available through E-rate Modernization and bid fiber based services within the Utah portion of the Four Corners regions this year.

14 Continue to identify and evaluate emerging / next gen synchronous video solutions based on UEN and stakeholder requirements J.Egly
Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016

As part of its RUS project UEN will utilize a next generation collaborative video solution that can connect IVC classrooms and individual learners.

UEN also intends to pilot and utilize Cisco Collaborative Meeting Rooms (CMR) a cloud based solution that can bridge traditional IVC classrooms and individuals via WebEx.

15 Redesign and Bid All Alpine Elementary Schools.
K.Dutt 90% Deferred to FY 2016

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
75% Deferred to FY 2016

Commissioned and completed a techical analysis of the FileMaker Database, received a report with recommendations, determined that this database is technically sound. Continued to refine data and processes around asset management. Weekly meetings to review goals and progress continue. Next step to accommodate TSSC’s asset management needs.

26 Replace one Microwave TX/RX pair as part of an ongoing Statewide Distribution Microwave Backbone infrastructure replacement plan. P.Titus  
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 80% Deferred to FY 2016

Waiting for equipment and infrastructure completion

29 Washington District additional capacity K.Dutt 65% Deferred to FY 2016

30 10 Gb backbone Price to San Juan. K.Dutt 85% Deferred to FY 2016

This will be complete End of July

31 CiB Grant: New Ethernet Radio Install San Juan, Monument Valley, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Mtn. K.Dutt 90% Deferred to FY 2016

32 RUS Grant: 48 IVC Rooms K.Dutt 40% Deferred to FY 2016

Recived equipment, implementation in process

33 STEM: IVC rooms Cache District K.Dutt 80% Deferred to FY 2016

34 San Juan Hub Move/Fiber and Network K.Dutt 65% Deferred to FY 2016

Hub move scheduled mid July.

35 10Gb UVU to UVW K.Dutt 60% Deferred to FY 2016

36 10 Gb Nebo District K.Dutt 80% Deferred to FY 2016

Waiting for equipment

37 10Gb Provo District K.Dutt 80% Deferred to FY 2016

Waiting for equipment

38 Add 3 Utah Radiology locations (Provo, Orem, St. George) to UTN network M.Cesarini Expand bandwidth in FY 2016
39 Add 4 community health centers (3 in Cache Valley; 1 in Evanston WY) to UTN network M.Cesarini  
Application Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 7/8/2015
1 Complete Database Migration to (MS SQL and PostgreSQL) B.Peterson 60% Deferred to FY 2016

Sybase migration to be completed in August 2015.

2 Move to Downtown Data Center (DDC) B.Peterson 95%
Deferred to FY 2016

Equipment installed. Services are being migrated. All NOC Tools are live from DDC. Utah Data Alliance (UDA) network egress has been moved to DDC and IDP implemented. Network Engineering working fiber path technology between DDC and EBC.

3 Virtualize Web and Database server environments. B.Peterson 70% Deferred to FY 2016

85% of the web servers have moved to the VM environment. 60% of application servers are running as VM Servers. UEN.org still needs to be migrated, but many CGI applications need a complete rewrite to be moved. 70% of the database servers have been virtualized. All that remains is Sybase to PostGreSQL migration. (See Application Services Initiative #1.)

4 Retool Web Hosting Toward Automation B.Peterson Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016

Very few web and application servers remain in the old architecture. my.uen will need to be upgraded and migrated to VMs.

5 Deploy DNS IPv6 anycast addresses for native IPv6 name resolution throughout the network. B.Peterson 30% Deferred to FY 2016

Downtown Data Center, the first of four nodes, is complete. Three nodes still need network design and implementation.

6 Update the lesson plan tool K.Branson
35% Deferred to FY 2016

Delays due to the Sybase retirement project

7 Conduct Identity management pilot (InCommon/Shibboleth) J.Stewart
55% Deferred to FY 2016

Running a my.uen portal instance as an SP that is integrated with SEDC's IdP.

8 Complete UEN Web-Service Framework K.Branson 35% Deferred to FY 2016

Educators API moved to new infrastructure. Lessons API and Materials API (IMA) well underway.

9 Upgrade my.uen portal K.Branson 5% Deferred to FY 2016

Will start in September 2015.

10 Move off Sybase ASE K.Branson 50% Deferred to FY 2016

Due for completion on August 29, 2015.

11 Rewrite all Perl/CGI applications K.Branson 55% Deferred to FY 2016

PMT released; Districts/Sites, Lesson Plan, and Rubric underway.

12 Migrate applications to Java 7, Tomcat 7, Ubuntu VMs, and PostresSQL K.Branson 70% Deferred to FY 2016

Making slow, steady progress.

13 Better build management with Maven and SVN K.Branson 75% Deferred to FY 2016

Making slow, steady progress.

14 Product maintenance and functional enhancements K.Branson Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016

my.uen (Adobe Connect), Contact, IMA, Cactus, and others underway.

15 Develop new Districts tool K. Branson 15% Deferred to FY 2016

Will resume work in July 2015.

16 Update Rubric Tool K.Branson 70% Deferred to FY 2016

Will finish in Q1.

17 Framework security upgrades K.Branson 65% Deferred to FY 2016

Struts 2 security updates; 4 complete, 2 underway

18 Unit Plan tool K.Branson 0% Deferred to FY 2016

19 Rewrite BIRT Reports K.Branson 0% Deferred to FY 2016

We will begin rewrite after Sybase migration unless another solution has been adopted.

20 Revise CACTUS Interface to accomodate USBE's changes K.Branson  
21 Develop Spanish versions of Preschool Pioneer (Currently Preschool Path) and Utah Kids Ready to Read. J.Anderson Q2
Completed 10/2/14 preschool.uen.org/es/
22 Create SciTech Now web site. M.Dumas Q2
Completed 10/3/14 uen.org/scitechnow
23 Develop American Graduate web page. M.Dumas
Launched Dec. 8, 2014
24 Develop mobile versions of hosted web sites. M.Dumas
Launched updated Heritage Gateways site: http://heritage.uen.org and made Eccles Broadcast Center website mobile friendly
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 uen.org/tv/whatson and uen.org/tv/fnx
27 Rewrite internal Newsletter Tool. R. Keele Q1
28 Create iUTAH participants’ Directory Database. R.Keele Q4
29 Update eMedia user interface. K.Garrett
90% Deferred to 2016

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   Deferred to FY 2016

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 Eliminated Even though this is 95% complete (waiting for Equella 6.3 upgrade) the need no longer exists.
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 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 uen.org/americangraduate
37 Produce videos to help explain iUTAH water research to the public. K.Garrett Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016

GAMUT project video in progress. Scheduled to be complete by Fall 2015.

38 Launch new UEN-TV program “SciTech Now” and produce promotional material. K.Garrett View program information at uen.org/scitechnow
39 Support the Utah Teaching Technology Council (UTTC) and explore a centralized content repository. K.Garrett 75% Deferred to FY 2016

Proof of concept complete. Awaiting vote of UTTC for final direction.

40 Develop a plan to caption all of UEN’s digital media offerings. K.Garrett 75% Deferred to FY 2016

Committee selected and proposals are in evaluation stage will be complete by end of July 2015.

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 uen.org/scitechnow
44 Manage Application Procurement & Licensing L.Hunter Completed Pioneer Library (Utah's Online Library), completed USHE consortium licensing.
45 Support Legislature EDTech Initiative R.Timothy Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016

Staff the task force, conduct UETN procurement and responsibilities as outlined in the legislation.

46 Manage American Graduate Grant Program J.Gibbs Produced 8 videos, launched website, participated in 2014 American Graduate Day and evaluation-to-date, convened community partners, began process for selecting mobile app vendor and designing online course.
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 40% Deferred to FY 2016

Lots of progress. Using JNDI so that UA controls hosting environment configurations.

49 JIRA custom plugins for QuickTicket functionality K.Branson 10% Deferred to FY 2016

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 UEN.org R.Keele Q4
52 Develop Young Authors' web page K.Krier
53 Develop a Teacher Toolbox to highlight what UEN.org has to offer Utah educators K.Krier
54 Gather and post classroom activities that utitlize the various Pioneer Online Library (Currently Utah's Online Library) databases K.Krier
55 Transfer Utah Middle School Math website to UEN's web server. K.Krier
99% Deferred to FY 2016

We were asked to wait to complete the transfer.

56 Install and implement IVC for the Utah Addiction Center M.Cesarini  
57 Acquire and implement new UTN web-based videoconferencing platform for desktop and mobile devices that is secure and interoperable with standards-based videoconferencing M.Cesarini 15% Deferred to FY2016
58 Implement new domain, website and brand for UTN P.Carroll
Thanks to UEN expertise!!
Support Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 7/8/2015
1 Increase number of Professional Development courses offered in local districts Professional Development Staff 30% Deferred to FY 2016

2 Increase awareness and use of UEN resources Professional Development Staff Q4
3 Create a 100% online EdTech endorsement J.Brooksby Q3
4 Create train-the-trainer resources for LEA's. J. Brooksby 0% Deferred to FY 2016

5 Create hybrid learning models for all in-person courses. Professional Development Staff 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 (Utah's Online Library) courses to include new products. D.Sloan Q2
10 Redesign Netsafe Utah online course. R.Bentley 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 Deferred to FY 2016

Education, Ethnic Studies, Veteran Groups, Arts & History Departments sent UEN-TV highlights via email.

15 Expand community partners L.Cohne Ongoing Deferred to FY 2016
  • Expanding Head Start partnership to include all staff training and monthly parent workshops.
  • Developing USBE Library Media and Language Arts partnership with Utah Humanities Council, USBE, 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 (Currently Preschool Path) Spanish web site
16 Support American Graduate promotion R.Finlinson Developed graphics for "Many Pathways to Success" on UEN American Graduate website and videos. Directed production of College to Career materials.
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 Social media followers on Twitter have have nearly doubled from under 1,000 to more than 1,900. Facebook likes have increased from 174 to more than 350.
20 Develop and Expand SciFi Friday K.Anderson
Identified and acquired new programs; interviewed researchers.
21 Conduct and Support UIMC Media purchase H.Wilkes UIMC programs posted online and evaluations completed. 2015 UIMC buy is complete and on schedule.
22 Coordinate Annual reporting R.Finlinson
UETN legislative, local content report and other materials were researched, planned and produced through a coordinated effort.
23 Develop coordinated strategic plannning UETN-UTN-UEN R.Finlinson
Developed plan, updated research, implemented projects and conducted rubric-based evaluation.
24 Support UETN Legislative Initiatives R.Finlinson
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 Researched, developed and produced NetSafeUtah bookmarks and cards, Nine Ideas for the 2014-2015 School Year cards, FNX bookmarks, American Graduate/College to Career and CI Water materials.
26 Support USBE online endorsement and Core training programs T.Stack Launched and updated courses, supported summer Core training.
27 Support EdReady Project J.Brooksby
Produced EdReady promotional materials and launched EdReady webpage.
28 Assist Utah Medicaid to develop capacity to utilize telehealth and telemedicine in the delivery of healthcare. P.Carroll Ongoing  
29 Acquire and deploy telehealth equipment accessible to target Medicaid populations to facilitate the delivery of healthcare. P.Carroll 30% Deferred to FY2016
Operational Services

Description Lead % Complete Status Report as of 6/8/2015
1 Create UEN branded Graphics Package for UEN-TV R. Finlinson
K. Garrett
  Deferred to FY 2016

Priority was given to other communication initiatives.

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.