W&M IT Timeline

Key Events

First computer on campus (1967)
First computer lab (1988)
Internet available (1994)
Cable TV (1996)
First W&M webpage (1996)
IT's birthday (1997)
Technology Support Center created (1998)
@wm.edu email address (1998)
Blackboard (1999)
First registration in Banner (2003)

Banner Finance (2004)
Banner HR (2006)
W&M Digest
(2007)
W&M website moves to Cascade (2008)
VoIP phone system (2010)
Google email for students (2010)
Jones Hall becomes home for (most of) IT (2010)
Exchange email and calendar for Fac/Staff (2011)
E-Commerce (Credit Card Payment System) (2012)


Professors wonder if the new computer will replace them in this picture from the 1967 Colonial EchoDirector of the Computer Center, Raymond Southworth1967

IBM 360/50 is W&M's first computer. Prof. Raymond W. Southworth (Math) is the Director of the Computer Center.

1969

Jones Hall opens.

1976

IBM 370/145 replaces the IBM 360/50 with updated technology.

A picture of the Computer Center from the 1968 Colonial Echo1977

IBM 370/158 replaces the IBM 370/145 with updated technology.

1981

First Prime computer at W&M, used for academic interactive computing from CRT terminals in labs around campus.

1982

Second Prime computer is added.

1983

Prime is upgraded and third Prime computer is added to systems.

1986

February
W&M joins BITNET, an early TCP/IP Internet email and file server access system that connects universities and research centers to each other.

Removing Gandalf in 1989 - Two of three people pictured still work in IT

1988

W&M purchases 40 PCs for first PC lab on campus.

1989

New Telco system replaces Gandalf terminal port selection switch with ADIs, which allow for data over voice on the new Telecom system. Data can now be sent over the wires of the phone system.

1990

Last Prime computer is removed in December.

1991

IBM RS6000 AIX mail server is implemented. AIX is a Unix operating system.
A lab for academic Unix is installed.
DB2, an IBM database system, is installed on the mainframe.

One of W&M's early website homepages1994

Internet is made available to faculty and staff.

1996

Residence halls are wired for Internet access.
Cable TV is available in residence halls.
First W&M webpage is created, including a space for IT.

1997

November
Official birth year of W&M IT as we now know it. On November 3, 1997,  the four departments that reported to the Associate Provost for Technology (Educational Media Services, Telecom, Computer Center and the Help Desk) merge into one department, creating what we now know as Information Technology.

W&M IT forms on November 3, 19971998

Formation of the Technology Support Center.
Creation of Academic Liaison Program for greater support to academic departments.
June
IBM's AIX mail solution is used for email.
August
Email addresses are shortened to @wm.edu, replacing @facstaff.wm.edu and @mail.wm.edu.
Uninterruptible power supply is installed after the motor generator for the Jones Hall machine room fails.

1999

Blackboard Course Management System (known as Course Info) debuts in W&M courses.
Blackboard debuts in 1999May
The listserv ITINFO-L begins "disseminating IT news items that apply to wide segments of the community." This is an early version of the W&M Digest.
July
Beginning of Equipment Service Program to lease institutionally-owned computers.
August
First Fall Startup with W&M IT staff stationed in Residence Halls to assist students with connecting to the network before classes begin. Before 1999, students were charged by a local company for assistance.
September
Hurricane Floyd floods Jones Hall and the computer room.
Mail moves to Sun Enterprise 3500 server. Carnegie Mellon's Project Cyrus is used to run the back end of mail on campus.
SAP is installed on Sun Unix servers.
December
Y2K testing of administrative applications on the mainframe.
Christmas on Ice causes widespread power outages for more than a week.
Sun Enterprise 10000 and L11000 robotic tape library are installed for Unix growth.

Sun Enterprise 10000 server2000

Formation of Enterprise Information System.
Email is running on Sun Unix servers.
August
Last Novell server is removed from campus.
Labs are converted to Windows 2000.

2001

June
Main website is on Worthog, an AIX system.

2002

Banner goes live with Admissions.
Harvest application is installed for administrative code tracking.
Sun SAN is used for storage.
August
Campus Pipeline, aka My.wm is first available.
September
ePrint server is installed.

2002 W&M website homepage

2003

April
Registration in Banner begins.
Enterprise 10000 system is traded in for new Sun systems.
July
Mirapoint email for students, faculty and staff is implemented.
Sun 1280 is used for Banner production.

2004

Facilities Administration Management Information System (FAMIS) software and hardware are purchased and installed.
Banner Finance goes live.
Blackboard hardware upgrades occur.
Disaster Recovery system starts, allowing for the availability of information and system operation on another machine in the event of an emergency.
January
Enterprise 10000 machines are removed from the building.
NovemberIBM Thinkpad T42
WM Course Evaluations software is released.
Residential network authentication occurs.

2005

Notebook requirement for students begins, with W&M recommending the IBM Thinkpad T42. MyNotebook program is instituted to meet the need.
February
Administration network authentication occurs.
April
EMC SAN/NAS installed, supplying greater storage capacities.
October
Planning "mini mainframe" replacement for real hardware.W&M's Mini Mainframe

2006

January
Banner HR goes live.
March
Mini mainframe is installed, old mainframe hardware system is removed.

2007

March
Automated provisioning of IT accounts goes live, including email for life for alumni.
July
Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed, allowing secure remote access to Banner Admin enterprise business applications.
Last AIX machine is removed.
November

WM Digest goes live with condensed email announcements for faculty and staff.

The ShoreTel VoIP phone system replaces the PBX system in 2010-20112008

July
Cascade web content management system is released.
Encrypted wireless is available, providing an additional layer of protection to Internet traffic.
Banner Fixed Assets goes live.

2009

January
Mini mainframe is removed.
May
Cisco CSS load balancer is replaced with Citrix Netscaler load balancer, offering more flexibility and manageability.

2010

JanuaryOutlying IT departments move to Jones Hall in 2010, making the building a central hub for W&M IT
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) campus phone system project begins.
April
Gmail replaces aging Mirapoint web-based mail for student email.
October
Enterprise Information System team moves to Jones Hall from the Dillard Complex.

2011

Microsoft Exchange email replaces aging Mirapoint web-based mail for faculty and staff in Spring.
January
Calendar conversion to Microsoft Exchange begins.
May
Oracle calendar retires, calendar conversion is complete.
December
Conversion of campus phone system to VoIP is complete. VoIP replaces the aging PBX phone system. Calls are now transmitted through the network instead of an analog phone line.

2012Previously a complex portal system, myWM becomes a simple webpage in 2012

June
New myWM webpage is implemented, replacing the Luminus platform.
September
Limited release of online course evaluation system for specific departments in Fall 2012 semester.
November
Start of eCommerce (credit card payment system) implementation. eCommerce system through TouchNet to include payment gateway, bill payment, marketplace and mobile technology.

2013

January
Start of ID System Project, which replaces aging door access and transactions systems with one consolidated system to streamline data entry.
May
Final phase of online course evaluation system implementation, including the first evaluation period with all courses using new online evaluations.