2018 – Year in Tech Review

WashU IT progressed with several high profile technology projects in 2018, making advancements toward digitizing university systems, implementing software for efficiency and integration, and protecting university data. Take a look at some of the highlights below.


Research Storage Pilots Begin
In February, the newly formed WashU IT Research Infrastructure Services team began its research storage pilots program that recruited researchers to become early adopters in the university’s research storage service. The new service provides university researchers 5 TB of free high-performance storage, 90-day data back-ups, and high-speed research network access through the WashU Research Network.

Learn more about Research Storage here.


MyDay Administrative Systems Replacement
In March, the WashU Board of Trustees gave approval for the university to move forward with MyDay, a program to replace the university’s finance, human resources and student information systems. MyDay will provide data to advance WashU through operational excellence and insight­driven decision making. At this time, a selection committee of 23 individuals from across the university unanimously recommended Workday as the new administrative system provider.

Learn more about MyDay here.


WashU 2FA Two-Factor Authentication
In spring of 2018,  the Office of the CIO and the Information Security Office jointly supported and deployed the expansion of WashU 2FA two-step authentication to additional WashU integrated systems that can be accessed on or off campus. Whereas previously required for remote access to HRMS and certain VPN systems, the expansion extended protected remote access to most WUSTL Key integrated systems including the Office 365 web app, Learn@Work and ONE.wustl.edu.

The service expansion was a proactive effort to reduce the impacts of phishing campaigns.

Learn more about WashU 2FA here.


Shared IT Services Begins Migration on Danforth Campus
In June, the program to move to integrated Shared IT Services (SITS) for end user and infrastructure technology began migration on the Danforth Campus. The multi-year program to re-balance the IT delivery model began in December 2014.

To date, the SITS project team continues with Danforth and Medical Campus migrations.

The overall number of completed workstations sits at just over 8,700 for the program as a whole, completing 700 additional workstations since October 2018. Over 500 servers have been migrated or retired. Another 200 server migrations and retirements are being scheduled.

SITS will be migrating new departments in the January 2019, beginning with Olin Business School; a department which houses over 500 user workstations.

Learn more about the SITS Program here.


Epic Healthcare Software Implementation
In August, WashU and BJC completed the Epic implementation. Epic is a healthcare software suite that manages electronic medical records (EMR), scheduling, and a number of other functions to document, manage and enhance patient care. This was a joint effort between WashU IT, WUSM IT and BJC IT departments. The software was deployed on approximately 10,000 computers and was the largest single Epic deployment hosted in the Citrix system.

Learn more about Epic here.


Canvas LMS Migration
The WashU IT Canvas team began the transition of the university’s learning management system (LMS) from Blackboard to Canvas in the fall. The transition will continue to spring 2019 when Blackboard will be retired.

In a late September status update, the program reported 704 published courses, 726 active teachers, and 10,769 students using the new system.

Learn more about Canvas here.