CLA Technical Services

CLA Tech: What We’re Doing and Why

You may have noticed students that are part of CLA Tech going around working on various faculty machines. We are in the process of simultaneously conducting inventory and updating all the machines in the College of Liberal Arts. We would like to give a brief explanation of what we are doing and why it needs to be done.

Inventory:

We maintain a database of equipment that is crucial to operating effectively. To maintain the usefulness of the database, we must occasionally check all the equipment to ensure our data is correct. Our database helps us:

  • Record history for each machine so we can use this information to quickly resolve future problems
  • Note equipment that has gone missing

Updating:

While checking inventory, we also make sure that any computers we come upon have the latest software versions and newest updates. Although we do use an automated update service, we double-check all machines to ensure no machine has been missed.

  • Computers with the latest updates will run faster and more efficiently.
  • Keeping everyone on the most recent versions of programs make it easier for us to help you if you encounter a problem
  • Security is of utmost importance to us, it ensures that your privacy is preserved. Updates ensure that everyone has the latest security patches 

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