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July 26: Explore Microsoft Excel (basic training)

An introductory training for Microsoft Excel is scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, in 306 Calvin.

""About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the foremost spreadsheet program in use today.

It is commonly used to…

  • Conduct calculations
  • Clean data
  • Graph or plot data (to identify data patterns)
  • Create data visualizations (both static and interactive)
  • Apply visual styles to data tables and data visualizations
  • Create interactive data visualizations (interactive pivot tables, interactive dashboards with sliders, and others)
  • Create simple macros for continuing data handling (with Visual Basic programming language)
  • Process data for analytics in other software programs
  • Enable the share-ability of information
  • Access online survey data (in analyze-able format), and more…

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ITS targets summer projects

ITS UpdateInformation Technology Services (ITS) continues to work on targeted projects identified in the IT Strategic Plan, specifically related to the rebuild of a downsized data center, migration of services to the cloud, and the implementation of a new CRM (constituent relationship management) system. This work, in addition to University office relocations and scheduled updates of university classrooms and computing labs, requires that daily operations, work orders, enhancement requests, and project work are being evaluated to focus resources in these areas.

For the next 10-12 weeks, K-Staters may experience increased response times and project delays as efforts are directed toward being prepared to support the campus community for the beginning of Fall semester.

Throughout the summer, ITS will provide project status updates for units that have requested projects from ITS. For the latest status updates, go to k-state.edu/it-strategic-planning.

Apr. 5: Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Fri., April 5, 2019, in 306 Calvin Hall (a computer lab). All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

 

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Mar. 15: Intro to NVivo 12 Plus

NVIVOAn “Intro to NVivo 12 Plus” training is scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, in 306 Calvin Hall for all faculty, graduate students, and staff who may be using this qualitative (and mixed methods) data analysis tool.

This presentation, which covers NVivo 12 Plus basics, will address the following:

  • the basic parts of the NVivo 12 Plus interface
  • how to start and structure a research project (including a team project)
  • how to set up a project around a base language (Chinese/PRC, English/US, English/UK, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese/Brazil, and Spanish
  • how to ingest various multimedia file types (and curate heterogeneous and semi-structured digital data and digitized contents)
  • how to ingest some social media contents
  • how to begin manual and / or automated coding various media file types
  • how to run data queries in the tool and analyze resulting data visualizations (word clouds, word trees, matrices, geographical maps, bar charts, and others), and
  • how to back up the .nvp / .nvpx project file

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Oct. 19: Intro to NVivo 12 Plus

An “Intro to NVivo 12 Plus” training is scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in 306 Calvin Hall for all faculty, graduate (and undergraduate) students, and staff who may be using this qualitative (and mixed methods) data analysis tool.

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K-State file-storage options

data storage imageby Information Technology Services

Faculty, staff, and researchers create and consume data on a daily basis. Keeping that information safe is vital, which requires good data storage to safely backup the information and to distribute data quickly when required. Continue reading “K-State file-storage options”

ERP Task Force presents “What is possible” vendor demos

K-State’s Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force will host three vendor demonstrations in early August on the topic of “What is possible with modern enterprise systems”. The task force will look at options for K-State’s major enterprise systems which support the critical business functions of human capital management, financial management, and student management. “Right now, we are not working to select a specific vendor or product, but instead look at the various options and assess K-State’s readiness to take on such a major effort”, commented Cindy Bontrager, vice president of Administration and Finance.

The following vendors will provide a 90-minute presentation followed by a brief question and answer session:

  • Workday – Wed., Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. Zoom meeting ID: 534-258-432
  • Ellucian – Mon., Aug. 13, 1 -3 p.m.
  • Oracle Cloud – Tue., Aug. 14, 9-11 a.m.

All presentations will be held in the Wildcat Chambers (formerly the Union Little Theater) in the K-State Student Union.

“While the sessions will be available via Zoom and recorded, we hope that many people will take the opportunity to attend all three sessions in person”, said Gary Pratt, Chief Information Officer.

“The goal of the demos is to help people who work every day in K-State’s systems to understand the advances that have been made in the area of applications known as cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems”, said Rob Caffey, chair of the Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force. “The first task is to get people thinking more broadly about what is possible. Then the task force will hold a series of listening tours in the early fall to hear what people think we need, what is working and not working, etc.”

The Enterprise Systems Exploratory Task Force includes 16 professional staff members from across campus and is co-sponsored by Cindy Bontrager (VP for Administration and Finance) Pat Bosco (VP for Student Life), Jay Stephens (VP for Human Capital Services), and Gary Pratt (Chief Information Officer).

Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic

by Information Technology Services

Code42 Classic, formerly known as CrashPlan, is an alternative to traditional computer backups. Code42 Classic will back up files on your workstation, laptop or desktop computer in a continuous, invisible, uninterrupted manner, and send you a periodic report of the status of your backup. Code42 Classic encrypts your data, and then backs the data up to the cloud. Continue reading “Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with Code42 Classic”

K-State data-storage options

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Faculty, staff, and researchers create and consume data on a daily basis. Keeping that information safe is vital, which requires good data storage to safely backup the information and to distribute data quickly when required.

K-State offers three data-storage options for storing and backing up your computer files. Each option has a unique combination of features so you can tailor your choices to your specific needs. These options are centrally supported and documented, and each is a secure mechanism for storing and retrieving your files. Continue reading “K-State data-storage options”