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The UIT Blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the build and delivery of technology products and services to the Stanford community. The topics you’ll read about are all told first-hand by the individuals who work closest to them.

Drupal 7’s End of Life and What That Means for Stanford Sites

Sara Worrell-Berg
July 7, 2020
The Drupal 7 (D7) community recently announced that due to the COVID-19 impact, they are extending the previously scheduled D7 end of life from November 2021 to November 2022.  How does this affect our goal to upgrade all D7 Stanford websites to Drupal 8 in the next year or so? Good question! 

Slack-in-Place: 5 Ways to Manage Remotely with Slack

Kate Junco
May 15, 2020
Whether you’re temporarily managing from afar during Shelter-in-Place, regularly managing a remote team or individual, or a remote manager of an on-campus team like me, here are five ways I’ve found Slack to be particularly valuable in closing geographical distance and opening strong communication and collaboration practices.

My Take on the New Slack Experience

May 8, 2020
Along with other invited “Slack Champions,” I began test driving the refreshed platform in March to provide feedback to Slack. With that, I’ve had time to explore. Here’s a summary of what I like most and where I think there’s still room for improvement.
Slack interface has a number of new features.

New Look and Feel for Stanford Slack

Brad Immanuel
April 10, 2020
The Stanford Slack desktop and web app is getting a redesign. You'll see new features plus a reorganization of existing features, all in a tidier, more elegant environment. Changes begin to roll out on April 22.

Six Quick and Easy Tips for Better Collaboration in Slack

Jan Morrill
April 7, 2020
Slack enables us to communicate in more ways than just chat. And its basic features and functionality are pretty simple to learn.  To help you get started, we’ve created a video with six quick and easy tips.

Stanford Sites Drupal 8 is Here!

Sara Worrell-Berg
April 7, 2020
Stanford Web Services (SWS) proudly introduces Stanford Sites Drupal 8 (D8) — the new upgrade to Stanford’s primary web content management service.

Working Remotely? Here’s a Quick Guide to Slack Best Practices

Brad Immanuel
Jan Morrill
March 11, 2020
With many teams putting in place temporary plans to ramp up social distancing, Stanford Slack is becoming an even busier place. While there’s no one universal right way to use Slack, leverage these best practices to stay engaged, informed, and productive.    

UHR Slack Channel Honors Spirit of Former Co-Worker

March 3, 2020
The University Human Resources (UHR) team has found a unique way to use Slack to continue the cherished practices of a beloved co-worker after her unexpected death. 
Remote and Distributed Workforce

Engaging Remote and Distributed Colleagues in Slack

Shannon Santanocito
February 20, 2020
When it comes to Slack, one thing is true. It doesn’t matter where you’re located physically; everyone “talks” in the same place. This benefits the whole community, but it’s especially important for those of us who are part of Stanford’s ever-growing remote and distributed workforce. 

Seven Steps for a Successful Transition to Drupal 8

Rachel Manongdo
February 20, 2020
This month, our team will introduce the Stanford Sites Drupal 8 (D8) beta, and we want to help you to begin thinking about your plan to rebuild and launch your website on the new platform. We’ve put together a guide to walk you through every step in the process.