Software Solutions

OIT Solutions Cheat Sheet

The Office of Information Technology AvatarIt is that time of year when new faculty and students come to campus wanting to take advantage of all that SMU has to offer. Many will come with experiences using different software and tools than those found on campus. While we are not a Google for Education school or use Dropbox Education, we have other solutions that will meet those needs.

We have created a cheat sheet of popular tools and software with their SMU equivalent. We also have a service catalog page showcasing the vast array of computing and technology services available for you, plus resources for students, faculty, and staff. The page notes our solutions by category, or you can scroll through the over 80 items in our A to Z list at

Popular Titles(s) SMU Preferred Solution(s)
Adobe Sign DocuSign
Blackboard Canvas
DropBox, Cloud Storage Box
Slack, G Suite Microsoft Teams
Gmail Office 365 Mail, Outlook
Google Docs Office 365, Box
Instant Messaging (IM) Skype for Business
Safe Assign Turnitin
Sharepoint SMU365 (Sharepoint Online)
Survey Monkey, WuFoo Qualtrics, Forms for Teams
WebEx, BlueJeans, GoToWebinar Zoom, Skype for Business
Wikipedia Wiki.SMU (Atlassian Confluence), Tumblr Blog.SMU (CampusPress), People.SMU

If you have any questions about using these tools or about one that is not listed here, as this is not a complete list, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (8-4357) or They will be happy to get you started.


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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.