Welcome to the Virtual Statewide IT Conference

Our 2021 conference is in the books—thanks for making it a success!

If you want to relive the memories, check out the Statewide IT channel on Kaltura. (Requires IU Login to access.)

See you again in April 2022!

Keynote speakers

Rob Lowden

Rob Lowden

Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
Indiana University

Michael McRobbie

Michael McRobbie

President
Indiana University

Stacy Morrone

Stacy Morrone

Deputy CIO
Interim Dean and Professor, School of Education
Indiana University Bloomington

David Kellermann

David Kellermann

Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler

James H. Rudy Professor
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University

Wireless architecture meets Neoclassical architecture

UITS and PIER Group design and install wireless infrastructure inside the IU Auditorium to ensure safe, socially-distanced classrooms for Fall semester.

Description of the video:

Networking today is really like a utility, and because it's such a critical, relied-upon service, you have to have good partners to help you keep that service running in a top-notch way. And Pier is one of those partners. Our primary areas of expertise would be in-campus and research networking, data center solutions, high performance computing. Essentially our team speaks the same language you do, which leads to very efficient and beneficial collaborations and discussions with anyone in this community. I think the big thing for Pier group that's unique is our focus on the university space right and understanding the challenges, the buying practices and the relationships. We strive to understand the community we're not selling the next widget. I don't care when you when you buy something, what you buy, just to make sure it's the right thing for you to solve a problem and it's done the right way versus here's here's a product. The story of the IU Auditorium is kind of a fun one we started learning that there might be classes being held for the fall semester about the end of July maybe early August the question came to us can you put in a permanent wireless install before classes start? So we got together with Pier to come up with a design and you got to have the design in order to know what you need to order. And then along with that, Pier was able to procure the hardware that we needed in an incredibly short amount of time. Along with that they also brought in some expertise help who have done this sort of install before because this was truly a unique environment, where you've got five or six thousand seats, a balcony and you also have architectural concerns that you're trying to maintain the history and the beauty of the auditorium itself to make sure that we didn't affect any of those aesthetics. We ended up finding a couple locations where lighting was set or there was gaps in the material where it was covered. You really couldn't see it so you don't see the technology you just experience the technology that's the best, the best of all worlds. All said and done, our team did bring a lot of creativity to the insulation um the resulting install blended completely blended in with the building's original architecture and the entire project was completed by the deadline. We do big things in IU networks. It's a big university covers the state with all of the campuses, you always want to be a little bit ahead of the curve you want to make sure that you have infrastructure in place that will accommodate everything that is needed and Pier has a lot of resources that they can bring to the table. The relationship and respect between our organizations in my opinion is remarkable. At the end of the day I can tell you that our team is incredibly grateful to IU for putting your trust in us all these years.