Published November 9, 2012
By Tom Furlani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites are too often overlooked when planning ways to improve
communication and outreach. This is due, in part, to the effort
involved in redesigning a website and how they typically evolve,
with many contributors and limited resources to manage and organize
In addition, like all other aspects of information technology
(IT), the tools and best practices for websites are rapidly
changing, and staying at the forefront of these developments can be
I am pleased to report that by leveraging UB’s new Content Management
System (UBCMS) and a unique partnership between University
Communications, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and
Computer and Information Technology, UB’s
Information Technology website has been completely redesigned
with an emphasis on better meeting the needs of the entire UB
community. Similarly, the website for the Center for
Computational Research has been redesigned and implemented in
It’s important to note that the new websites are not
merely the result of providing a “fancier wrapper”
around the existing content, but rather rethinking the way we
deliver content and optimizing it for dissemination on the Web. New
- Dashboard view of UBIT’s critical service statuses, based
on UBIT Alerts
- IT tips tailored for students, faculty and staff
- Targeted, section-wide search engines can be easily added. For
example, on the UBIT website, there is a search engine that only
searches within IT Policy descriptions.
- Hosting sites in the UBCMS reduces the frequency of broken
links. If the location of a webpage within the site changes, the
system will automatically update all links pointing to it.
I hope you will find our new websites helpful and well-designed.
While we have gone to great lengths to ensure all links are
up-to-date, links outside the UBIT and CCR sites may need updating.
Please let us know whenever this occurs so we can address it
promptly. I also strongly encourage you to use the feedback forms
on each webpage, which will help us continue improving our content
and how it’s delivered to you.
While this effort involved many IT professionals, I want to
especially acknowledge the efforts of Rick Lesniak, Linda
Kingsbury, Dennis Reed Jr., Valerie Priester, Bethany Gladkowski,
Kevin Kydd and Dori Sadjak.
Of course, improving our websites is not the only thing
occupying CIT and the Nodes over the past several months.
Indeed, as this newsletter shows, we have been quite busy working
on virtual PCs in public labs, plans for IPv6, improvements in
VoIP, and much more.
I hope you find the information in this newsletter useful. As
always, we look forward to comments and suggestions for future topics, as
well as feedback on IT services and initiatives.