De La Salle University - Dasmariñas has been constantly taking measures to sustain the high quality of education it has been known to provide. These measures include the purchase and usage of state-of-the-art equipment, construction of major infrastructure, and modification of academic programs and curriculum. In all these efforts, information technology has rendered a vital role.
Realizing the importance of information technology in all university processes, the administration formed a technical and systems development group that would provide the basic IT needs of the academic community in 1996. It was officially named Information Technology Center (ICT) in 1997. Since then, it has been tasked to concentrate on four main areas: information systems, network, technical services, and web development.
That same year, the center devised a five-year development plan concentrating on office automation, IT infrastructure, staff development, and web page development.
At present, 90 per cent of its original plan for automation has been accomplished, with major student and faculty processes as the priority. The expansion of IT infrastructure and hardware which includes 1.5 km intranet fiber connection, installation of computer laboratories, and regular upgrading of internet bandwidth and workstations has been accomplished ahead of schedule due to aggressive efforts and increasing demand. IT training and technical support were given to ICT's developing teams to ensure that the center's IT specialists are kept up to date and that skills and other resources are optimized.
The technical and systems development teams were formed and the use of computerized enrolment system was adopted.
DLSU-D fiber optics connection was installed and the technical and systems development teams were merged.
DLSU-D official web pages were uploaded. Servers were acquired and the intranet was expanded. The SIS Module (Admission, Registrars and AR) was also completed.
The ICT was reorganized and eventually went into expansion. Computerization of other major university processes (HRDO, Alumni, Recollection) was implemented. The Electronic Resource Services (ERS) computer laboratory was also constructed.
There was an expansion of more computer laboratories located at the College of Business Administration (CBA) building. Also, intranet active components and servers were upgraded. Streamlining of university processes through collaborative work was adopted.
my.DLSU-D Portal (student version) was uploaded and tried out. Wireless services were also introduced and domain set-up for laboratories was instigated.
my.DLSU-D Portal (faculty version) was uploaded and introduced. On-line/web-based transactions (online survey, election, e-cash, advisee) were also developed.
More portal services were introduced. Among them is my.eclass as a component of my.DLSU-D portal.
The Office Improvement and Process Review (OIPR) Unit was formed to evaluate, streamline and recommend ICT's major processes that will further improve the center's productivity and efficiency. It also takes charge of in-house trainings and ensures proper maintenance of IT-related documents. Another innovation is the effective implementation of the ICT Helpdesk system using the Information Resource Management (IRM), which closely tracks job orders received by the center. Moreover, a Faculty Information and Evaluation System was developed, so as the documentation of the center's job functions.
One of the highlights is the participation in the Philippine Web Awards and the recognition as the Best Website (Education category). Together with such an accomplishment were the development and documentation of IT policies and procedures, the initial development of the Student Information System (online version), the enhancement of my.eclass, the centralization of moving equipment, and the internet expansion at the CET Building.
My.DLSUD portal was relaunched with a fresher, improved package and look to allow the users (faculty and students) to get into applications, services and information they need. Post Events Online, a fast, secure, automated system used for sending event details for posting as announcement on the university website, was also developed. It is one of the breakthroughs of the center to easily facilitate gathering of information for dissemination to the public. All events uploaded are also integrated to the Campus Calendar which was designed to keep the community and web visitors up to date of the university events. Also, two valuable systems crafted to improve university services were fully implemented during this year: the Payroll System and the Online Submission of Grades.
The Cash Management System, Library Prepaid System, the Prepaid System Expansion and the Payroll System were developed and implemented during this period. As part of the Student Information System, the Online Grades Submission, Grades Report Module, Admissions System, Individual Grades Report Module, Grades Management Module, Online Pre Registration, Online Advising, and Online Enrollment were also rolled out. The Human Resource Information System also benefitted from the development and implementation of the Faculty Evaluation System, the Faculty Information System Version 2.0, Evaluation Optical Scanning Module and the first phase of the Human Resource Information System involving data entry and retrieval. As for the Administrative Systems, the ITC Attendance Monitoring System and the Library Users Statistics System was started while for assets management, the Museo La Salle Databank and ERS Online were made open to the
DLSU-D community. The Alumni Portal was an ongoing project during this time.
As of May 2010, the following projects have been accomplished: Additional WI-FI hotspots;
Domain Migration; Upgrade of email server; Internet expansion; Acquisition of core switches; Upgrade of the ISP internet line; Migration of the old to the new application server; Revision of Developed System; Development and Implementation of Biometrics as part of HRIS Phase II; Payroll Module (Teaching Pay); MRO Billing and Collection Module; Regular IT Training Programs for Faculty; Semestral Schedule of Faculty Training of Online Submission of Grades; Yearly Schedule of Faculty and Staff Training of Online Faculty Loading; Technical Documentation of Majority of Active Developed Systems and Modules; User Manual of Majority of Active Developed Systems and Modules. The Center has also started the upgrading of application server, upgrading of database server, installation of more open source systems, effective management of IT resources, full implementation of SIS-Online Enrollment to all the Colleges, creation of a unified Alumni website and creation of ITC Helpdesk Page. The new design for the DLSU-D Website was also launched in September, this year, during the first ever ICT Week celebration.
The unit, which has been occupying the Mariano Alvarez Hall since it was created, has finally moved to the newly constructed ICTC Building. Project ICON, the department's drive to support the Project Carbon Neutral of De La Salle Philippines, also gained momentum this year with the soft launch of the project in different college offices. New systems such as the Online Petition and Online Reapplication for SPREAD scholars have been developed during this time and will be rolled out during the first semester of SY 2012-2013.