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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.

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Drupal 9 Upgrade Won’t Require a Rebuild

Sara Worrell-Berg
February 12, 2021
You may miss our next major Drupal version upgrade, but that’s all part of the plan. Stanford Sites built on Drupal 8 (D8) will automatically upgrade to D9 on Feb. 18.

The Farm at Your Fingertips: Five Reasons to Get Stanford Mobile

Rachel Manongdo
January 12, 2021
You’re not alone if you’ve been feeling a little disconnected from The Farm lately. The University IT Stanford Mobile team has kept that in mind while continuing to build out the university mobile app experience to boost convenience, connection, and community. ​

Thinking About Creating a New Slack Workspace? Here’s What You Need to Know

January 11, 2021
Any Stanford Slack member can create a new workspace. If your group needs a virtual space of its own to collaborate, this information will get you off to a great start.

How to Put User Needs at the Forefront of Your Web Design: Cardinal Service Part Two

Ishita Shah
November 23, 2020
Identifying user needs is an integral part of designing a successful website. How do you take the next step to put those needs at the forefront of your new design?
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Adding Others to Your Slack Workspace: Common Questions Asked and Answered

October 14, 2020
You can invite others to join you in any Slack workspace or channel you belong to, usually just by sending an invite. But if the person you want to invite isn’t a member of Slack — or even affiliated with Stanford — the process requires a few additional considerations.
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The Importance of an Informed Website Strategy: Cardinal Service Part One

Ishita Shah
October 14, 2020
Successful website design unites user needs with organizational intent.

Launching a New IT Service

Michelle Collette
September 18, 2020
A launch officially makes a new service available to clients. As explained in this short video, doing it right sets a service up for long-term success.
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Why Understanding Channel Types Makes Using Slack More Awesome

September 17, 2020
All Slack channels serve the same fundamental purpose, but there are different types. Understanding the differences will help you create the best space for your conversations.  

An Introduction to IT Service Management Fundamentals

Michelle Collette
August 13, 2020
Check out this short video to learn more about some fundamental service management concepts and how work is organized according to the service lifecycle.

Four ‘Not-So-Obvious’ Tips to Use Google Forms Like a Pro

Rachel Manongdo
August 10, 2020
Form Builder may now be gone, but Google Forms can get the job done for you. When you’re ready to level up your Forms game, read on for a few not-so-obvious pro tips that I’ve picked up in my journey to adoption.