Modern Desktop Environment Programme Update
Article Date: 16/09/2016

 Back in May of this year, the Modern Desktop Environment (MDE) Programme was launched across Cardiff Met. This is a strategic programme, consisting of a series of technology-related projects, which aims to provide staff and students with a secure and flexible working environment.

Throughout the duration of the Programme, we will be sending out a regular newsletter, dedicated to updating you on the progress of the Programme, and what it means for you.

So what's been going on?

A Programme Board has been established, consisting of members from all areas of the university, to gain a managed perspective when delivering the 15 projects that make up the Programme.

Programme Board members include:

Sean Cullinan – Information Services     
Adam Hodge – School of Education
Cathy Pearce – Human Resources                
Jack Rivers – International Partnerships Office
Amy Olsen – Business Improvement Services

In this issue of the MDE newsletter, Jack Rivers, from the International Partnerships Office shares some of his thoughts and experiences of being a member of the Board. You can read the full article here.

 What have we achieved so far?

This month saw the completion of the Robust and Resilient IT Services project. The project included upgrades to Cardiff Met's storage and servers that underpin all of our IT services, improving the capacity, reliability and performance of your data, and our ability to restore your data, should the need arise.

The latest version of Microsoft Office products will be offered to all staff via self-installation as soon as the final stage of testing is complete. In early October you will be able to install Office 2016 products yourself, both on campus and at home.

Skype for Business is in the last testing stages, and many of us are using it already. It will be activated for all staff in early October.

Windows 10 has been installed on all student PC's in the learning centers, and has been rolled out to some staff as early adopters. If you wish to become an early adopter of Windows 10, sign up here and you could be included the October rollout.  


What's next?

Following the rollout of Skype for Business and the Office 2016 self-installer, the next major change you will see will be the moving of all staff email and storage across to Microsoft's cloud services…

In December, staff email will be migrated to Office 365, and your document storage will be migrated to OneDrive for Business. This will allow us to deliver a much more secure and robust service for corporate emails, documents and files to be stored and accessed, helping us to keep corporate information safe. This move will also considerably increase the storage space available to you.

For more information on the Programme, including details on each of the projects and timescales, please visit our website.

If you have any queries or concerns relating to the Programme, please feel free to contact us