CIO Message – Fall 2022

UMS Colleagues,

Welcome to the Fall 2022 edition of the UMS IT Connections newsletter.  For this version, we are again pleased to highlight updates on several projects and key initiatives of interest to the University of Maine System community.  This includes the transformative Repaving MaineStreet project, which will better align our core administrative systems (Student Information, Human Resources, and Finance/Budget) to support the goals of Unified Accreditation through the elimination of technical barriers and adoption of best practices.  The project has been designed to enhance the usability of the MaineStreet environment for our students, faculty, and staff along with establishing improved operational efficiency while facilitating collaboration across our Universities.  We value your participation in this multi-year project and invite your input through the project website.

We are also pleased to announce the official launch of the new discover.maine.edu portal.  To better support and promote access to non-credit academic programming, micro-credential and digital badges for Maine residents and beyond, the UMS IT team has worked closely with colleagues across the system to deploy a new one-stop shop for the identification of available offerings (both in-person and online).  The new discover.maine.edu site provides university and non-university users with access to a browsable catalog of educational opportunities and courses and the ability to register and pay (when applicable) directly through the portal. 

The last initiative that I would like to note for you in this newsletter is the official launch of our new enterprise-side managed print program.  Through this program, the University of Maine System has partnered with Xerox to fully assess our current fleet of aged multi-function print/copy devices to optimize access, capacity, cost, and the environmental impact of copy & print services across all campuses.  The adoption of a consumption-based, all-inclusive per-print fee structure will help campuses to reduce overall expenditure on print & copy services through the reduction of waste while improving the security of print output.  More information on this project, including the timeline and schedule for the deployment of new multi-function Xerox devices, will be disseminated to each campus community in the coming weeks.

In closing, I feel compelled to note that this is the first UMS IT Connections newsletter where we have not needed to focus intently on the University of Maine System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort and robust collaboration exhibited by the entire University community as we successfully partnered together to leverage technological tools and platforms to ensure the continuity of academic program delivery and business operations throughout the COVID-19 “experience”.  I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you for working so well together in support of the mission of the University. 

Wishing you all a successful and productive Fall Semester –

Sincerely,

David M. Demers, Ph.D.,
Chief Information Officer