University of Southern Indiana

IT Jargon

Having trouble understanding your USI Information Technology employee?  Look here for acronyms and computer terms to help break the 'code'!

Active Directory - A database on our network that maintains information about all our users (students, employees and alumni) and computers.  This database is central to our login processes, network shares groups/distribution lists.

Advisortrac - Advising and Academic Counseling software (University Division)

AdvisorWare - Advising server (College of Business)

Accutrack - Education Teaching Labs Student Tracking System (Education)

App Worx - Job Scheduling

Authentication - validating your ID and Password

Bomgar - Software that allows IT Staff to take control of the end-user's computer to help solve problems

CAS (pronounced cazz) - our preferred method of Single Sign On (SSO) used by the MyUSI portal to connect with other software systems.

Curriculog - Online curriculum management system

Cognos - Business intelligence software used for Banner reporting. (Jason Guerin)

Distribution List - Email Group

Ellucian- Software vendor for Banner products (Dave Alexander)

EMS Scheduler - UC Scheduling DB server (JR Compton)

ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning/Banner at USI

Extender Solutions- Document Imaging (JR Compton)

FIM - see Forefront Identity Manager (Richard Toeniskoetter)

Forefront Identity Manager - also known as FIM.  This is an identity management software product designed to manage digital identities. USI uses this product to keep passwords from multiple systems in-sync.  We also use FIM to automatically generate email accounts when new students/employees are added to the Banner system.

FuelForce - Current Server Application Project/Fuel Control System (Miles Man)

Global Address Book - Email Address Listing, Contains All Student and Faculty Emails, Also Displays Faculty Office Number and Office Location

INB- Internet Native Banner

Kace - IT’s Help Desk ticket system.  Sending an email to will automatically create a ticket in the Kace system. (Rick Buery)

KeyStone - PP Key Management System (Frank Nagy)

Managed Desktop - A managed desktop saves all files to the Home (H:) drive of the user who is logged into that machine.  Managed desktops are 'locked down' to prevent the end-user from downloading malicious software.

MarginMate - Bookstore Book Pricing System (campus Store)

Native Banner - INB, Web access to Banner via Java Plug-in (Dave Alexander)

ODS – Operational Data Store - The general purpose of an ODS is to integrate data from various systems in a single structure.  At USI, ODS is used for reporting. (Jason Guerin)

OrgSync - software used to manage student's co-curricular activities (Student Development)

Panopto - Video platform for training (Lance Woods)

Past Perfect - Liberal Arts Antiquities Cataloging Server (Liberal Arts)

Pharos - Lab Printing System (Jason Maxwell)

Phishing - is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication.

ProjTrac - Extended Services Research DB server (Extended Services)

Rebuild a computer - Removing and reinstalling all programs and the operating system.  

RMS – Residential Management Systems.  Software used by Housing/Residence Life Department. (Residence Life)

Scantron2 - Jeanne McAlister

Self Service Banner - Web Interface that is available through the MyUSI Portal

Sharepoint - File Sharing Tool (Carol Schmitt)

Shiptec - Shipping & Package tracking system for distribution Services (Distribution Services)

Teamworks - Physical Plant's Ticketing System (Miles Man)

Titanium - Student Counseling's server (Tim Longwell)

TK20 - software to track Teacher Education student activities & certifications

TotalReturn - Time management server (College of Business)

Umbraco - Content Management System (Web Services)

Uniprint - Lab Printing System (Jason Maxwell)

VDI System - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (Tim Risley)

Vision - Creative and Print Services order process/order management server 

VoiceThread - Distance Learning

WhatsUp - Turnkey server monitoring and notifications

WSUS-KMS - system used to push Windows patches (Mike Adcock)

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