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Overview

Held Friday afternoons in Turing Auditorium, Tech Briefings are informal, interactive seminars on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. These sessions are intended for power users, Expert Partners, and those with IT responsibilities, but are open to everyone - faculty, staff, and students. The Tech Briefings, led by knowledgeable IT Services staff or other IT professionals, run from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. No registration is required - just come on by and learn something new. No fees. No fuss.

The first session of each month will tie in to the monthly series.

 

Summer 2008 Quarter's series: Virtualization

 

Turing Auditorium is Room 111 of Polya Hall. See this map to Polya Hall.

The success of these sessions depends on you! Questions from attendees are strongly encouraged. Topics are announced in advance through the techbriefings mailing list and on this web page.

Because we are presenting emerging technical topics, please feel free to contact the Tech Briefing coordinator with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Call 723-4391 or send email to techbriefings-owner@lists.stanford.edu.

Summer 2008 Tech Briefings

  • No Tech Briefing - Independence Day
    Virtualization Series: VMWare
    Windows Workstation Encryption
    Integrated Email and Calendar: Outlook and iSync Connectors
    Virtualization Series: Drivers and Business Needs
    FileMaker Pro v. 9
    Google: Search Engine Optimization
    Integrated Email and Calendar: Advanced Student Piloters
    No Tech Briefing (Labor Day)
    New CWA Oracle iProcurement Ordering Enhancement
    Virtualization Series: Case Studies from Research Administration and the School of Medicine
    Integrated Email and Calendar
    Wikis: How to Use a Wiki for Managing Content Creation and Publishing
Date Topic Presenter(s)

July 4

No Tech Briefing - Independence Day

USA Flag and eagle.  Image courtesy Pam Roth from wikimedia.org, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Eagle_and_American_Flag_by_Bubbels.jpg

 
July 11

Virtualization Series: VMWare

Join Matt McPhail, VMWare Senior Systems Engineer, for a Technical Briefing as he presents deployment considerations of VMWare VI3, Lab & Stage Manager. Topics include: architecture considerations, networking set up, options & fencing as well as security considerations. If time permits, steps in deployment, lessons learned, and any limitations will be covered.

Matt McPhail, VMWare Senior Systems Engineer
July 18

Windows Workstation Encryption

Click for the PowerPoint Presentation of the session.

The Microsoft Windows Encrypting File System (EFS) is a feature of the Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista operating systems that use the NTFS file system. (NTFS is the standard file system for Windows NT and later.) It lets you encrypt designated files or folders on a local computer so that no other user can access your data. When a file is encrypted, EFS automatically decrypts the file for use and re-encrypts the file when it is saved.

EFS is particularly useful for protecting data on a computer that might be physically stolen, such as a laptop.

Join Sean Riordan of IT Services as he discusses the EFS and how it can benefit you and your department.

More information on EFS can be found at:
http://www.stanford.edu/services/efs/.

Sean Riordan, IT Services
July 25

Integrated Email and Calendar: Outlook and iSync Connectors

In 2008, IT Services will provide Stanford computer users with new and enhanced email and calendar services that allow them to more seamlessly use these applications together. To provide this, IT Services must replace pieces of Stanford’s current email and calendar infrastructures with a new “collaboration suite.”

This Integrated Email and Calendar Tech Briefing will focus on the Outlook and iSync Connectors. The session will cover what they do, what they don't do, and how to set them up. Time permitting, there will also be a Q&A regarding the new Stanford Email and Calendar.

Ammy Hill, IT Services
Aug 1

Virtualization Series: Drivers and Business Needs

Join Bruce Vincent, IT Architect and Strategist and Steve Loving, Information Systems Specialist, both of IT Services, for a presentation on the drivers and business needs to employ virtualization including the reduction in server provisioning time, higher utilization of server capacity, reduction in space used, lower overall power consumption, disaster recovery scenarios, and a few other motivations. Also, hear about lessons learned from project management of a Server Virtualization project at the Farm.

Bruce Vincent, IT Architect and Strategist, IT Services

Steve Loving, Information Systems Specialist, IT Services

Aug 8

FileMaker Pro v. 9

FileMaker Pro 9 has a host of new features to make developing, managing and deploying your databases easier than ever. It also provides new functionality to vastly enhance the opportunities and ease of connecting to SQL data sources like Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server.

FileMaker Server is brand new as well with new features to make it easier to install and deploy. There is also a brand new administration tool with features to help you more effectively manage your FileMaker Server environment.

Alexei Folger, Senior System Engineer with FileMaker will be on hand to demo these exciting new products and answer your questions about FileMaker.

Phil Smith & Alexei Folger, FileMaker, Inc.

Aug 15

Google: Search Engine Optimization

PowerPoint Presentation :: MP3 from the talk :: Articles, Tutorials, and Presentations on SEO Topics from Netconcepts.com

During this rich presentation, spanning SEO (Search Engine Optimization) fundamentals as well as advanced tricks and tactics that only the elite SEO experts know, you'll learn how to:

  • Check your "Google Pulse"
  • Estimate missed opportunity costs
  • Ensure Google crawls 100% of your site, including dynamic pages
  • Design your pages to dominate rankings
  • Avoid getting banned by Google
  • Wield invaluable SEO tools you've not yet heard of
  • Build high-quality links from trusted sites, and boost your PageRank along with your rankings
  • Prepare for changes to come... and so much more!


Stephan Spencer
is the founder and president of Netconcepts, a web agency that specializes in search engine optimized e-commerce, as well as email marketing through its GravityMail division. Clients include Discovery Channel, REI, Home Shopping Network, AOL, and Verizon SuperPages.com, to name a few.  

Stephan is a frequent speaker at Internet conferences around the globe (including Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Auckland, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and places in between) for organizations such as the DMA, the AMA, Shop.org, JupiterMedia/IncisiveMedia (Search Engine Strategies), Internet World, IQPC and IIR. 

Stephan is a Senior Contributor to MarketingProfs, as well as a monthly columnist for Practical Ecommerce and for Search Engine Land. He has contributed to DM News, Multichannel Merchant, Catalog Success, Catalog Age, and others. Stephan is an avid blogger, blogging on the Searchlight Blog (part of the CNET Blog Network), the Shop.org Blog, Natural Search Blog, BusinessBlogConsulting.com, MarketingProfs Daily Fix, and StephanSpencer.com, among others. He is co-author of the analyst report "The State of Search Engine Marketing 1.0 – New Strategies for Successful Cataloging" published by Catalog Age. 

Stephan Spencer, Founder and President of Netconcepts
Aug 22

Integrated Email and Calendar: Advanced Student Piloters

In 2008, IT Services will provide Stanford computer users with new and enhanced email and calendar services that allow them to more seamlessly use these applications together. To provide this, IT Services must replace pieces of Stanford’s current email and calendar infrastructures with a new “collaboration suite.”

This Tech Briefing will focus on demonstrating the new system and answering your questions about the product, the project, and how it will affect your work at Stanford.

Ammy Hill, IT Services
Aug 29

No Tech Briefing (Labor Day)

 
Sept 5

New CWA Oracle iProcurement Ordering Enhancement

Direct ordering via Dell's Premier website is now linked to Stanford's Oracle system.

When purchasing Dell products, the Dell site features the ability to customize your computer configuration, eliminating the need to create an E-Quote separately as was previously required. Orders are directly placed with Dell immediately upon your approval.

This session will cover a demonstration of the new process, showing you the fastest way to get your Dell order processed and delivered.

There will be a Dell t-shirt give-away for the first 40 attendees.

Click here for more information on the new feature

Stefani Fukushima, Director of Purchasing Operations, Procurement
Sept 12

VMWare Case Studies from Research Administration and the School of Medicine

Join us for this week's Tech Briefing for an introductory session of basic platform concepts and practices of virtualization. Hans Jacobsen (IT Services, School of Medicine) and Lee Merrick (Office of Research Administration) will show a minor demo of the ORA virtualization platform, as well as have a Q&A.

Hans Jacobsen, IRT Infrastructure Services, School of Medicine

Lee Merrick, Office of Research Administration

Sept 19

Integrated Email and Calendar

This IEC session focuses on using Stanford Email and Calendar with various mobile devices.

IT Services staff will demonstrate using the mobile web client and configuration of common devices for over-the-air synchronization of email, calendar, and address book.

Ammy Hill, IT Services
Sept 26

Wikis: How to Use a Wiki for Managing Content Creation and Publishing

This session will demonstrate how to use a wiki for managing content creation and publishing - using presenter Stewart Mader's experience in developing and writing Wikipatterns, and how the project management, collaboration, and participation lessons can be applied to other types of projects. In higher ed, the "other" types of projects include writing and publishing books, managing knowledge in a research lab - from keeping track of experiments, sharing data, getting feedback, to collaboratively drafting papers for submission to refereed journals. Throughout the presentation, Stewart will cover a range of patterns that apply to this methodology.

Stewart Mader works with business, academic, and non-profit organizations to grow vibrant collaborative communities. He is Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian, publishes Blog on Wiki Patterns (www.ikiw.org), and founded Wikipatterns.com. He is the author of two books: Wikipatterns: a practical guide to improving productivity and collaboration in your organization, which is being published by Wiley in early 2008, and Using Wiki in Education , an online book on how the wiki is transforming education and research.

Stewart Mader, Wiki Evangelist

 

Links to Previous Quarters

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