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30.09.2020 Start of the pilot project Azure Introduction at the RWTH Aachen

With Microsoft Azure, virtual solutions can be taken without having to purchase special hardware for on-site use. For example, it can be used to map test scenarios or support resources for temporary project periods, but also for components that are only available in the cloud.

The RWTH joined a framework agreement negotiated by GÉANT - in Germany represented by the DFN association. Microsoft Azure can be used via this framework agreement.

The two-day kick-off event with the selected pilot customers, representatives of the staff councils, the data protection officer of RWTH Aachen University and IT Center colleagues from the departments Service & Communication and Systems & Operations initiated the start of the pilot phase on 15 and 16 September 2020.

The pilot phase will now last 12 months to test the use of the cloud to gather and evaluate experience. The aim of the pilot phase is to implement and continuously improve the integration into the processes of the university, to get to know the exact use cases better and to make a corresponding service agreement with the staff councils.

23.09.2020 Microsoft 365 for students

The cloud service M365 for students will be launched just in time for the start of the preliminary courses at RWTH Aachen University in the winter semester 2020/2021.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting loss of most of the attendance courses at RWTH Aachen University poses new challenges for students. In order to provide support in these circumstances, the IT Center has found a corresponding solution on behalf of the CIO Advisory Board of the RWTH Aachen University. In addition to the familiar office applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint, the availability of Microsoft Teams and OneDrive in particular should help students to organise themselves and communicate in the digital semester.

The requirements, terms of use, registration details and instructions are available in the IT Center Help.

23.03.2020 Microsoft Teams for employees of the RWTH Aachen

In view of the current situation due to the spread of the corona virus, RWTH Aachen University has been working flat out over the past few weeks to find solutions to the challenges that arise. In order to counter the spread of the corona virus, most employees at RWTH Aachen University now work in their home offices or only individually in their offices.

Since 23.03.2020 the cloud service Microsoft Teams has been available to the employees of RWTH Aachen University. With this service, internal communication and digital collaboration could be ensured at short notice. Meetings, jour fixe appointments and presentations can thus be held online in the form of chat, telephone and video conferences.

The requirements and the possibilities of use are provided in a detailed manual in the IT Centre Help.

15.01.2020 Lecture at the central group representation of employees in technology and administration of the RWTH

During the regular meeting, the cloud activities were presented to the central group representation of employees in technology and administration. This included both the previous activities and the planned introduction of M365 and Azure at RWTH Aachen University.