Communities of Practice

What communities of practice would be valuable to have at Maryland?

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  1. Cloud

    The Cloud Community of Practice is intended for those interested in the use of cloud-based systems, either as infrastructure (e.g., servers, networks in the cloud) or as services (e.g., pre-built web services). Cloud vendors will include Amazon, Microsoft and others as interest dictates. The purpose of the group is to provide education through formal presentations, informal discussion and active sharing of information and methods, and to develop an enjoyable interconnected peer group interested in learning about all things cloud with low vendor egoism.

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    • Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure

      A loose community of users of VDI exists on campus with no formal resources coordinated by the campus. Users of VMware, Citrix, or other solutions should be welcomed to this group, as should any group looking to roll out VDI to streamline their management of pools of similar or identical desktops, especially in a variety of places on campus.

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      • Web Hosting

        The purpose of this group is to connect staff on campus who either use or support users of web hosting services on campus. One of the goals of this group will be to determine whether needs are being met by service providers on campus, and if not, how best to meet those needs.

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        • Data Storage

          The Storage Community of Practice facilitates sharing information and challenges to help understand how we do what we do, where we can improve individually and collectively, and strengthen existing relationships to support and learn from each other. The group meets monthly to hear presentations from different IT professionals across campus on how storage is selected, set up, used (from multi-petabyte to department level storage solutions), best practices, and storage related topics of interest.

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          • Google Apps Development

            The purpose of the Google Apps Developers group is to bring those interested in Google's wide array of development tools‰ÛÓGoogle Apps Script, APIs, the webstore, and more‰ÛÓtogether to learn and build. Ultimately, we want to develop expertise to harness the power of Google at Maryland, for the benefit of each other and those we support.

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            • Business Intelligence

              The purpose of the Business Intelligence Community of Practice is to build and grow an analytics community through network, information sharing, and skill development related to analytics, reporting, and business intelligence at the University of Maryland.

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              • User-Centered Design (UX)

                The purpose of this community is to create services and standards that can be used by anyone at UMD to promote consistent user experience and efficient use of resources. We will discuss design recommendations for interaction design and information architecture.

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                • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

                  This group is for those interested in learning about PCI compliance on campus, sharing successes and failures, collaborating to find common solutions, and improving the campus risk profile. "Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

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                  • Data Integration

                    This group is for those interested in sharing Data Integration best practices and experiences. This group will focus on development platforms, professional networking and knowledge sharing.

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                    • Engaging the World from Your Classroom

                      The focus of the Engaging the World from Your Classroom Community of Practice, developed in conjunction the Global Teaching with Videoconferencing grant project, is about joining UMD classes together with classes in other countries over a videoconferencing link.

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                      • Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)

                        The Maryland CRM Community of Practice is for those interested in being involved, or just monitoring, work being done with CRM systems and projects across the university. Constituent (or Customer) Relationship Management (CRM) currently exists in pockets all around campus and this group is exploring the possibility of an enterprise CRM system/approach for campus.

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                        • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

                          The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Community of Practice provides a venue for members of the campus community to share information, experiences, and ideas around GIS topics. We meet periodically for a presentation and discussion of broad general interest, and to provide a face-to-face forum for general knowledge sharing and networking with ones' GIS peers within the broader UMD community.

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                          • VMUG - VMware Users Group

                            I believe there used to be a VMware Users Group (VMUG) on campus. Possibly not formally running a VMUG but just a gathering of people running VMware on campus. We could discuss what we have in place, how we are running our environments, discuss concerns, etc.

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                            • Desktop Support

                              Desktop Support providers of campus (This function is primarily responsible for responding to tickets (incidents, questions, and service requests) from end users that relate to IT hardware, software, and applications used directly by the end users. This function is often also responsible for the management of assets assigned to end users and projects related to the deployment, movement, additions, or changes (DMAC) to these assets. These issues may be resolved remotely, at the user’s location, or via equipment returns.)

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