The Enterprise Systems Group is responsible for a variety of servers across the Missouri State campuses, ranging from Microsoft® Windows to virtual servers to IBM® pSeries®-based systems. The mission of the ESG is to securely, efficiently, and reliably provide the services required to meet the University’s enterprise-wide (Springfield campus or multiple campus) computing needs. In pursuit of this mission, the Enterprise Systems Group provides eight primary areas of service to the University:
- Enterprise Provisioning and Authorization – Provisioning ensures that the right resources are created and deleted. Authorization ensures that the right people have access to those resources.
- Enterprise Infrastructure and Authentication – The enterprise infrastructure is a core set of services that other services require in order to function. Authentication is the process of verifying the identity of a person trying to access a computer resource.
- Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration – Messaging and collaboration aids communication among students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University. For example, the Microsoft Exchange system provides e-mail and calendaring services to Missouri State.
- Enterprise Application Hosting – The ESG maintains the servers which host many mission-critical applications. The primary responsibilities of the ESG in this area are to assist in determining the server requirements when new applications are planned, and to maintain the server operating systems and hardware.
- Enterprise Web Hosting – The ESG maintains the central Web servers that host the main University Websites and web-based applications; numerous departmental and organizational web sites; course web sites; and personal Websites of students, faculty, and staff .
- Enterprise File Storage -- The ESG provides personal file storage for faculty, staff, and students, as well as file storage for academic and administrative departments and the recovery of files from backup in case of accidental deletion.
- Departmental Server Support – On a limited basis, the Enterprise Systems Group supports departmental servers that do not necessarily provide a university-wide or campus-wide service. Examples of departmental servers that are supported include the Design and Construction file server, the History Department’s web server, and the web servers that support the MS CIS program.
- Platform and Application Consulting – The Enterprise Systems Group consults with users to assist them in choosing the appropriate hardware and software to meet their needs.