Archive for October, 2012

Mobile Device Management: Stanford’s MDM Tool

Friday, October 26th, 2012


This Tech Briefing covered the university policy regarding mobile devices, how to protect your iOS devices using Stanford’s award-winning Mobile Device Manager (MDM), and reporting tools for MDM that are now available to local network administrators.

Mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad have become ubiquitous on campus. Mobile devices are expected to outsell traditional personal computers this year. Unfortunately, many users are unaware of their inherent security risks. Security features common on desktop and laptop computers are inconsistently applied across mobile device platforms. On a laptop, we have come to rely on anti-virus software safeguarding our system, but few mobile devices have such software.

While most personal computers on campus are password-protected, few of us configure our mobile phones with a password or PIN to protect it against unauthorized use. And, since mobile devices are easily (and frequently) misplaced, the potential for unauthorized access increases.

MDM allows you to quickly set up your Stanford email, calendar, and VPN. It also configures your device for the ISO’s security best practices. All of this is done in a quick (under 2 minutes!) set up that helps protect your data and protect yourself. Learn more about this tool and how your organization can use it to protect your data.

Qualtrics for Online Surveys and Data Collection at Stanford

Friday, October 19th, 2012

IT Services, along with partners across campus, provide a campus license for Qualtrics, an online survey tool.

Whether you are new to online surveys or have experience with other tools such as SurveyMonkey or Zoomerang, you’ll want to view this session to see how Qualtrics can save you money while giving you all the features you could possibly want!

Qualtrics is used by more than 1000 members of the Stanford community who find the tool more fully featured, flexible, and robust than other online tools. The tool is available at no charge to all Stanford faculty, staff, and students with a full-service SUNet ID.

This session dicussed the basics of Qualtrics, including how to create, edit, and distribute surveys, as well as view the results. The presenter also discussed how Qualtrics facilitates many different types of data collection on campus (applications, experiments, registrations, etc.).

Experienced Qualtrics users may also want to view the video to see demonstrations of some of Qualtrics more advanced features.

For more information about Qualtrics, visit

Google Apps for Education: Now Available at Stanford

Friday, October 12th, 2012

On September 24, 2012, Google Apps for Education was released to all Faculty, Staff, and Students to access with their Stanford credentials. Google Apps for Education includes email and calendar for Students only, and Drive, Groups, and Sites for faculty, staff, and students.

During this session, Ammy and Jo-Ann talked about the best practices for using the apps available to you, and demonstrated how to properly log in, collaborate with others, and utilize special features that may be useful to you and your department.

For more information about Google Apps, visit

Paul Saffo – Futurist: “Global Innovation and the Coming Creator Economy”

Friday, October 5th, 2012

At the request of the presenter, this video is only available to Stanford affiliates.
Therefore, you must have a valid SUNet ID to view the video.

November 2008 was not merely the start of the current economic downturn; it was also the end of a 50 year long economic cycle and the transition to a long anticipated new economy. Our current crisis is nothing less than a shift from a dying consumer economy built on consumption to a new “creator economy” built on mass interaction and innovation. Understanding this shift provides a context for making sense of emerging industries from robotics to 3-D printing and anticipating the impacts on incumbent industries from automobiles to media and consumer products. The result will be maddening uncertainty, but for innovators who keep their head – and keep their head up—it will also be a period of unprecedented opportunity.

Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and teaches class on forecasting at Stanford in the Engineering School. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences His essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.