Message from OIT Leadership

Dear Customers,

With the new year comes a new opportunity to serve you - the people who serve Colorado. We look forward to working side by side with you throughout 2018 to help modernize your systems, automate paper processes, keep data secure, and much more. 

OIT Connections is our quarterly opportunity to bring you timely and valuable information about your IT service. In this issue, we want your feedback - what do you think of our newsletter and what would you like to hear more about from OIT? Please take a moment to fill out this survey so we can share the information you care about most.

Happy New Year!

Suma Nallapati
Secretary of Technology & CIO

Google Calendar Gets a New Look

Do you live and breathe by your Google Calendar? We do too! That’s why we want to make sure that our customers are ready when the look and feel of Google Calendar changes. The new Calendar design is planned to be released the last week of February. Before the change happens, OIT will be offering reminders and training to get you ready for the Calendar update. You’ll also see a button within the Calendar interface giving you the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Be on the lookout for messages from the OIT Service Desk about Google’s first major Calendar redesign since 2011. 

Helpful Tip: If you have a personal Gmail account, you can get a look at the new Calendar anytime. It’s already available to Gmail users! You can also check out this page from Google. 

New Online Shop for Parks and Wildlife Licensing and Reservations

This month Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced its new one-stop-shop for all products including camping reservations, hunting and fishing licenses, and annual parks passes. OIT worked alongside CPW staff and the outdoor recreation software company Aspira to make sure that this new website streamlines the purchasing experience for Coloradans and visitors to our state. Serving the people who serve Colorado is what we do at OIT and we’re proud to provide technical support for a website that makes it easier for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks for your partnership, CPW!

OIT Working to Patch Chip Design Flaw
Earlier this month our Chief Information Security Officer Debbi Blyth sent an email to all state employees about the Spectre and Meltdown chip design flaws that were affecting nearly every type of computing device. OIT is evaluating, testing and planning to implement the software patches that have been developed while continuing to monitor the risk from these design flaws. If you’ve updated your iPhone or IPad with Apple’s latest operating system, 11.2 (released Dec. 2, 2017) those devices should be protected. Android says its devices with the latest security update are also protected.

What Do You Think?
Every quarter for the last few years we’ve been bringing you news related to the IT service, solutions and security that are used here at the State of Colorado. This quarter we would like to hear from you! Please take a moment to share your thoughts by answering two quick questions here.