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Services Now Up in the Air

The University of Maryland Baltimore County has steadily expanded its transition to cloud services.

Since its first venture in 2009, the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) has rapidly moved a variety of services to the cloud. (Read also, "Information Migration" in the May 2016 issue of Business Officer magazine.) Here's a list of its top 12:

Infrastructure for Services

  • Box's unlimited storage provides Web-based file access for collaboration and administration.
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud makes available infrastructure such as servers, storage, and databases. UMBC is moving major parts of its compute infrastructure from campus to cloud.
  • Blackboard Inc. runs the Learning Management System as a hosted service.
  • Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are used for e-mail, calendaring, and collaboration.

Administrative Business Services

  • Higher One delivers a Web-based payment gateway for cashiering, student receivables, refunds, and a marketplace for credit card sales.
  • T2 Systems helps handle online parking.
  • Workplace Answers aids in the management of sexual harassment and training related to titles VI, VII, and IX.

Academic Services

  • Advocate, residential, and career services from Symplicity make available a Web-based tool for student judicial enforcement proceedings, residential housing signup and room assignments, and career and internship opportunities for students.
  • The Transfer Evaluation System from CollegeSource manages transfer articulation agreements and provides prospective students information on the courses that will transfer.
  • Acalog allows UMBC to develop its annual online student handbook.
  • Curriculog supports a paperless workflow process of updating, submitting, and approval of new courses and programs through the various academic committees that review and approve changes.
  • Activity Insight from Digital Measures helps administer faculty workload reporting and academic program reviews.

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