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New portal to launch this weekend

New portal to launch this weekend

June 03
22:23 2014

Samantha McDonald / Staff Writer

In order to adapt to changes in the technological environment, the Information Technology Shared Services is set to unveil this weekend an updated, more modern portal for the University of North Texas System’s students, faculty and staff.

The upgrade involves a redesign of the MyUNT, MyHSC and MyLaw at UNT Dallas portals. One of the key features is a reconfiguration called responsive design, which allows the site to adapt to a screen’s dimensions. This ensures that students and faculty members can more conveniently access UNT services through any mobile device, including tablets and smartphones.

“Many of the changes we are making are in response to the feedback we’ve received from our customers – students, faculty and staff,” said Dorothy Flores, executive director of enterprise applications at UNT. “With these new portals, we are giving you a cleaner, fresher look.”

The idea for an upgrade was conceived October 2012 when Oracle, the corporation that owns the PeopleSoft Enterprise software used by UNT, informed the university that it will no longer support the current version of PeopleSoft 9.0 starting June 2015. After considering their choices, the IT Governance Council, Shared Services Council and the UNT System Board of Regents approved an upgrade of the system.

“We looked at every choice we had from writing our own replacement software to getting a different system,” said Michael Di Paolo, associate vice chancellor and chief information officer at UNT. “[The upgrade] made the most sense both financially and functionally.”

The PeopleSoft Upgrade Project, according to Flores, will also involve fewer buttons on the websites’ home screens while strategically placing often-clicked links such as class schedules and registration tools at easier reach.

“We have an approved ‘anytime, anywhere’ strategy,” Di Paolo said. “We want to make everything available to everyone from anywhere at any time as long as there is an Internet connection.”

Integrative studies junior Nergis Tovi, who compared the current MyUNT website to the expected look of the upgraded portal, said that the redesign is more streamlined and less cluttered.

“I feel like I can find what I am looking for a lot faster,” Tovi said. “The new version will save me so much time.”

The update is scheduled to occur this weekend from June 6 at 5 p.m. to June 8 at 8 a.m. in order to avoid interruptions to student, faculty and staff use of the systems. Other than the portal shutdown, no inconveniences are anticipated.

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