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December 1, 1993

 

                               MINUTES

                         Computing Committee

                    Information Systems Building

                          December 1, 1993

                               3:30 PM

 

 

  PRESENT:     K.B. Rojiani, John Burton, David Goodyear, Tom McAnge,

               Gerry McLaughlin, Harlan Miller, Bhaba Misra,

               Frank Schima, Michael Williams

 

  ABSENT:      Sean Arthur, Earving Blythe, Gregory Brown, Scott

               Johnson, George Libey, Terry Rakes, Peter Shires,

               Lawrence Skelly, Jay Stoeckel, Ernest Stout,

               D. B. Taylor, John Tombarge

 

  VISITOR(S):  Barbara Robinson (Computing Center)

               Stacey Ferraro (Budget Office)

               Joe Tront (College of Engineering)

 

  AGENDA ITEM 1:  MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER MEETING  (Rojiani)

 

  Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes of the November

  meeting.

 

 

  AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS (Williams)

 

  Information Systems is discussing with senior administration the

  feasibility of a wholesale migration to new administrative computing

  systems within a shorter time frame than previously envisioned.  Such a

  move would require not only additional funding for new software and

  hardware, but also adjustments in the organization of computing support

  university-wide and modification of some administrative processes.

 

  In October the committee suggested that owners of major application systems

  which are dependent on mainframes be asked to work with the Computing

  Center to develop a plan for migration to the distributed environment which

  is expected to evolve over the next few years.  This effort has been

  delayed pending the outcome of the discussions described above.

 

  The committee favors accelerated migration in a systematic fashion with

  appropriate allocation of resources.  The chair will work with Erv Blythe

  and Michael Williams to investigate ways that committee support might be

  used to encourage adoption of such a plan.  Other areas at the University

  not directly affected by a wholesale migration of core administrative

  systems still need to be educated, however, and the program set out by the

  committee at the last meeting will be pursued broadly later.

 

 

  AGENDA ITEM 3:  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS (Robinson)

 

  The Site License Subcommittee met twice last month.  Legal and distribution

  issues have delayed decisions on many proposals, including those for

  Acrobat, Microsoft and Macromedia products.  The committee will meet again

  next week.

 

 

  AGENDA ITEM 4:    COMMITTEE ISSUES (Rojiani)

 

  A temporary subcommittee met to discuss the University's transition to

  distributed computing.  It was decided this topic needed further attention

  and a subcommittee chaired by David Goodyear has been charged with

  identifying the kinds of problems which will arise during the transition.

  Other subcommittees may be formed as the subcommittee identifies specific

  issues.

 

 

  AGENDA ITEM 5:    ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

  Following a question about the problems of support for multiple platforms,

  it was observed that, as new computer hardware which supports multiple

  operating systems comes into wider use, the incompatibilities of  various

  systems will fade, allowing users to choose an interface based on personal

  preference alone.   Users are demanding that the complexities of mixed

  environments be concealed and vendors are responding.

 

 

  The next meeting will be held on February 2 at 3:30 p.m. in conference room

  D in the Information Systems Building.

 

  Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

 

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