IT Updates

Migration to Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016 has begun

All new University purchases of Microsoft Windows desktop and notebook computers now have the Windows 10 operating system and Office 2016 application suite installed. Framingham State’s migration to the new operating system and application suite begins this summer as older computers are upgraded in accordance with the University's replacement schedule. The migration to Windows 10 is necessary for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the Windows 7 operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of January 2020. Many students already use computers with Windows 10 installed as do more than half of the machines in the University's computer labs. Even though the current plan is to only move existing computers to Windows 10 as they are replaced, Faculty and Staff can either be migrated individually or as a department upon request. If you or your department would like to migrate to Windows 10 prior to your replacement cycle, please submit a request through the IT portal at https://www.myit.framingham.edu.

Read more about Windows 10 and Office 2016.

Planning is underway for an upgrade to Banner 9

Information Technology Services (ITS) is working with Framingham State’s “Administrative and Student Information Management Team”, and the providers of systems the University uses to manage administrative and student information, on a plan for upgrading to version 9 of Banner. This is a significant undertaking that requires the input and involvement of many different people across the University along with our third party providers of technology and services. Our goal is to work with people within the University who use Banner, along with our third party providers, to document a “roadmap” for the migration to Banner 9 that can be shared during the fall 2017 semester. 

Read more about the upgrade to Banner.

All new my.Framingham 2.0 will debut in 2018

The University plans to launch a new and improved my.Framingham portal next year. Similar to the upgrade from Banner 8 to 9, the change to my.Framingham 2.0 will involve converting to a different underlying technology and user interface. In fact, Ellucian is the provider of Banner and the portal application software for my.Framingham. As a result, ITS is working closely with Framingham State’s “Administrative and Student Information Management Team” and Ellucian on this project as well along with other third party providers of technology and services. Initially, our goal is to convert the scope of features and functionality available within my.Framingham currently to Ellucian’s new portal application. Additional enhancements to my.Framingham will be introduced subsequent to conversion, some of which will coincide with the move to Banner 9.

Read more about my.Framingham 2.0.

Rollout of “single sign-on” begins later this year 

ITS is implementing single sign-on as a prerequisite to making Banner 9 and the new my.Framingham portal available. Single sign-on (SSO) will provide authorized users of University information systems and online services with access to different resources without having to re-enter username and password credentials multiple times. Login once and gain access to all SSO enabled systems and services without being prompted to log in again to each one of them.

Read more about Single-Sign-On.

Cyber Security Awareness at FSU

Every organization today faces significant cyber security threats. The list of organizations that has fallen victim to hackers, or been fined by states or the federal government for losing or mishandling confidential data in their care, is a long one. Yes, it makes for interesting headlines… but what does any of that have to do with you? Most security breaches involve the compromise of unsuspecting users in some fashion as part of the attack, whether by a phishing email, infected web page, or some other means. FSU wants you to be a strong link in our defenses, but that requires knowing what behaviors create risk and which ones help keep our data and IT assets safe. Fortunately, FSU has a defined Information Security Program, a cornerstone of which is cyber security education, training, and awareness for the user community. This October, to coincide with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, ITS will launch a new cyber security awareness campaign. This initiative, under the guidance of our Director of Information Security, will include online cyber security awareness training, knowledge articles, and posters, and other media with reminders on proper user cyber security hygiene. Please look for these announcements, get engaged, and commit to being a strong link in our cyber defenses!