The ITS Office's Historical Background

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On February 2, 2000, DLSU had an operational satellite dish for Internet access. This link enabled the University to directly access the USA-side of the Internet. With the E1 (2.048 Mbps) leased line, the University now has 4.8 Mbps more giving a total of 6.8 Mbps of Internet bandwidth. In support of the University's mission-vision, our Internet bandwidth has grown over the years. In Feb 1991, 2.4 Kbps e-mail only; Internet access via a dial-up link. In March 1994, 64 Kbps full Internet access via leased line. In June 1997, additional 128 Kbps via leased line. In Feb 1999, 2.048 Mbps (or E1) via leased line replacing the 128 Kbps link. In Feb 2000, 4.8 Mbps via satellite in addition to the E1 link.

March 1, terminated 64-Kbps link via PHnet.
Computer Laboratory and Operations Information System was developed to keep track of information with regards to Student Assistants of computer laboratory in DLSU. It included report generation, tracking of offenses made, and computation of SA salary. It was also designed to deliver useful and accurate information with regards to student assistant record and billing. It also monitored laboratory services and personnel all over the University.

June, DLSU entered into a two-year Microsoft School Licensing Agreement for all La Salle schools in the country. Started deploying MS Windows 2000 Professional and Server. June, total staff is 36.

DLSU-Manila and DLS-PSI websites hosted links to international donation sites such as The HungerSite, The Breast Cancer Site, and The Kid's Aids site, among others, where a click of the mouse means donation to those in need around the globe.

The ITC Computer Laboratory Operations (CLO) purchased four (4) 1,000-lumen multimedia projectors for the computer labs. With these units, the fluorescent lights in the labs did not need to be turned off when the projector was in use. These were deployed to highly utilized labs. The older units were re-deployed to the other labs.

For enrollment and adjustment, PRIO coordinated with the University Registrar (the process owner), staffers of the Registrar's Office, Vice Deans, Academic Assistants, Physical Facilities, and other people which ensured a more streamlined flow in the entire enrollment/adjustment processes.

DLSU signed a Microsoft School Agreement in behalf of La Salle schools in the country that were interested to join. The agreement was effective for two years. Microsoft's license program called the School Agreement was a one-year lease-type license program. At the end of the year, the party concerned had the option to discontinue or renew the contract or to purchase the licenses. The license program covers Windows 98/NT/2000; BackOffice client Access License; Office Professional; Works Standard, Encarta Reference Suite and Encarta Online; Visual Studio Professional; and new versions of these packages.

ITC installed MS Windows 2000 Professional (sometimes called Windows NT 5.0 Client) in the new computer units in campus starting with the computer labs. This enabled ITC to maintain software configuration and facilitate software installation.

ITC CFO renovated its office to provide a more professional and customer-friendly ambience.

The ITC Systems Management Office (SMO) in close collaboration with the ITC Data Administration Office (DAO) developed web-based information systems. The current focus was the Student Records Management (SRM) information system.

Gokongwei 404 computer lab was renovated to provide a better set-up for faculty members and students. Velasco 301 was converted into a computer lab in response to the increasing integration of IT in engineering courses.

August, The DLSU web site was nominated anew in the 2000 Philippine Webby Awards. Prior to this, the Web Development Team started redesigning the web site and reminded the academic community to update the information in their respective web pages. The new design features were windows-navigation style and the flash-drivenmain page. The web site highlighted the resources of the university: academic programs, faculty, research centers, researches student/faculty awards, announcements on conference/symposia, facilities and services. Admissions web pages included undergraduate and graduate school admission policies and procedures. All related links to a particular web page were displayed for easier navigation.

The Web Development Team started an information campaign regarding its importance and benefits to the academic community to encourage the access or use of the Intranet. Articles on these were posted on the DLSU Newsletter. Faculty members were asked to submit electronic copy of their course syllabi for posting to the Intranet. Favorable responses were received from some faculty members and department chairpersons.

To ensure that system users could have access to updated masterfile listings, these were made available for viewing on the web. First posted were the degree codes and corresponding titles. The DAO also planned to provide a query facility where users could get corresponding codes by simply typing in the name of the school, course, degree or other data in the masterfile; and on-line data entry of requests for codes.

The ITC, in cooperation with Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, tested out a new information service which utilizes Short Message Service (SMS),popularly known as text messaging. The new system, named DLSU Wireless Information Services (DLSU WISe), allows students equipped with a Globe Telecom cellular phone to check the availability and schedule of a subject that they wish to enroll in. [More on this]

DLSU recently signed a School Agreement with Microsoft Philippines, this School Agreement is a licensing program that allows schools to run the Microsoft software platform on their eligible PCs. Also, during the celebration of Microsoft Philippines's 5th anniversary last August 31, DLSU received a citation as Microsoft's top academic partner in the country. DLSU received the citation together with other industry giants that are in partnership with Microsoft.

Information Systems & Technology Center (ISTC) became Information Technology Center (ITC). This wass part of the standardization efforts of the IT Committee of the DLS System.

ITC Computer Facilities & Operations (CFO) installed the F-Secure anti-virus on computers in the University since December 1999. Virus signatures on these computers were regularly and automatically updated to ensure protection of our computers and files from viruses.

To supplement Internet access in campus, dial-up lines were made available to students and full-time faculty members. There were 38 lines allocated to students and 10 lines for faculty members. A few lines were allocated to ITC for maintenance and technical support services. These acted as back-up lines for the DLSU campuses. For 24x7 technical support regarding Internet access via DLSU, pager numbers: 1277-95237 and 1277-95263 were made available.

IDA or Identification Access System was developed for use in the validation, updating, and usage reporting of identification cards (IDs) in campus. The use of bar-coded ID cards and barcode readers (strategically placed in all entry points) was expected to help curb the incidence of trespassing and increase the campus’ security level.