Latest Microsoft Certified Master Excels in Job Market

Cox MBA Candidate Julia BrooksJulia Brooks was a consultant for six years before returning to school to earn her MBA at the Cox School of Business. She was already well-versed in Microsoft Office, and her hard work has paid off as she has accepted an offer of employment from JP Morgan Chase last fall!

“Some interviews were technical-based – meaning I built financial models in Excel on a tight deadline (with an audience watching your every click); while they were focusing on my finance knowledge/application,” Julia said of her job search experience. “My expertise in Excel was definitely scrutinized/imperative due to the time constraint as well.”

When she heard about the MOS Certification pilot program, she jumped at the opportunity to get certified. Julia eventually earned the highest level of Office certification: Master. In addition to her new MOS Master status, Julia has also taken advantage of SMU’s Coding Bootcamp, as well as focusing her studies on business analytics. She found the certification exams helpful in learning new aspects of Office software that could help in her work.

“The exams go very in depth, so there are new things I learned – truly taking the time to…read all the options and understand the true power of the software at our fingertips was the most interesting part for me – particularly for Outlook. There’s so many cool and convenient things we can be doing that we don’t do!”

Julia is graduating with her MBA this May, and we couldn’t be more happy to see a student’s hard work and determination pay off. Congrats to Julia on her accomplishments!

Interested in getting certified?

Visit our website to find out more about Microsoft Office Specialist certification and to sign up to receive practice exams and additional information.

New Ordering Site for Tech Purchases Coming Soon

shopping cartEach year, several hundred computer orders are processed across campus.  This process involves coordination between the Purchasing department and OIT.  In reviewing the ordering experience as well as the time delays for some orders, we decided to make some major improvements.

Early next month, we will launch a new technology ordering site.  This site will allow you to order computers, tablets, monitors and a few accessories for departmental purchases.  Below are some of the key improvements to the ordering/installation process: Continue reading New Ordering Site for Tech Purchases Coming Soon

Windows 10 Deployed to Classrooms This Summer

Windows 10Windows 10 is already the standard OS for faculty and staff computer deployments.  However, we have maintained Windows 7 as the standard throughout all labs and classrooms this past year to provide a consistent experience for faculty and students in these spaces.  We are no longer able to purchase computer hardware that will run Windows 7.  As a result, all managed computer labs and classroom instructor stations will be upgraded to the latest OS this summer. Continue reading Windows 10 Deployed to Classrooms This Summer

OIT Helps Physics Researchers

When some Physics researchers needed a few dedicated computers for running experiments, they reached out to OIT Customer Service Director Rachel Mulry to see if she could help. The requirements for the computers were minimal compared to current university standards but had to be stable enough to run their experiment and priced within their small budget. Within 24 hours, several laptops were found that could be donated to meet the needs of the ATLAS experiment. Continue reading OIT Helps Physics Researchers

Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

In 2017, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) surveyed students and staff regarding technology use and support in order to assess and improve existing OIT services and discover new and innovative areas to pursue. The Fall 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment surveyed over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students at SMU, and the Faculty Technology Satisfaction Survey collected information from almost 200 faculty members. Continue reading Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

The Academic Technology Expo Arrives April 4, 2018

Academic Technology Expo

Please join us on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m as Academic Technology Services showcases technology resources available to the SMU community. Both faculty and staff are invited for refreshments and to ask any questions about campus technologies, tour an updated classroom, and explore the available technology resources for teaching and research at SMU. Continue reading The Academic Technology Expo Arrives April 4, 2018

CrashPlan Pro backup solution becomes standard for Windows 7

CrashPlan Pro, CrashplanSMU’s enterprise desktop backup solution, has been available for faculty/staff computers for several years on an opt-in basis.  Employees who wished to enable the backup system were required to install the software from the LANDesk software portal and sign in to trigger the backup process. The Opt-in process will be moving to an automated solution. Continue reading CrashPlan Pro backup solution becomes standard for Windows 7

New Safeguards Against Phishing On The Way

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Over the last few weeks, phishing attempts have increased significantly against SMU e-mail addresses. This is a trend that is being seen at universities around the world, and OIT has been working on solutions to try and prevent accounts from being compromised. Starting this week, there will now be one more way that phishing attempts may be thwarted. Continue reading New Safeguards Against Phishing On The Way

T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive take a Spring Break

U DriveStarting at 7 a.m. on March 11, 2018, the hardware and firmware for the T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive along with Physics users home directories will be updated. During this update, the network drives will be unavailable. Also, Apps.SMU will be offline during the update. Continue reading T-Drive, U-Drive, and V-Drive take a Spring Break