Information Services Employee Blog

  • IS Business Card Template

    March 7, 2019, 08:16 AM by Evan Martinez
    The Business Card Template that has been created for use within Information Systems is attached below.  Please see one of the Administrative Support Staff members for the business card paper and printing assistance (if needed).  The template is also be available in the IS department share: Departments/is/Business Card Template.

    IS Business Card Template
     
    Thanks to Desi McGahey for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.
  • Edit Distribution Lists in Office 365

    February 22, 2019, 08:20 AM by Evan Martinez

    Use the ‘Find Users, Contacts and Groups’ tool to allow group modification

    For domain connected computers it is possible to run the following command to fire up the built in ‘Find Users, Contacts and Groups’ tool;

    %systemroot%\system32\rundll32.exe dsquery.dll,OpenQueryWindow

    This will allow an on premise Active Directory group to be searched for and modified by an end user which will in turn be synchronized back up to the Azure Active Directory via DirSync.

    Pros:

    No changes required to the Exchange/Office 365 configuration

    The source of authority for all directory information remains on premise

    Cons:

    Only works from domain connected machines
    Represents a change to the existing manner in which distribution group objects are currently modified using the Outlook Address Book interface.

    Thanks to Michael Hammer for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.

  • This is IS- Owen Huett

    January 24, 2019, 13:49 PM by Evan Martinez

    This is IS—Owen Huett
     
    • One word that best describes how you work and why?
    - Structured-chaos.  There is a structure for everything that we do in Clinical IS but we live in a constant state of change.  Our structure makes us successful and the chaos reminds us that, although structured, we must be flexible.

    • Current mobile device?
    - iPhone 6s, the latest and greatest (Laughs).

    • How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
    - Four years and some change.  I was the Director of IS at the Angleton Danbury Medical Center when we merged with UTMB in August 2014.  For some reason that I’m sure he still regrets, Todd decided to keep me after that transition. (Laughs)

    • What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
    - I use the Quora app to improve my knowledge on a variety of topics basis, LinkedIn to stay updated on industry news and connect with collogues, and the messaging app Allo to text my oldest son who is currently stationed in Kuwait.

    • What is your favorite food or meal?
    - The Texas “trinity” - brisket, ribs, and sausage.  I like mine with potato salad and beans.  I’d like to give a shout-out to Killen’s BBQ in Houston, and Snow’s BBQ (Best BBQ in Tx).  Outside of Texas, the best BBQ I have had has been at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS and Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, AL.

    • What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
    - Sleep less…that’ll give you more time in the day to get things done.  I need less sleep than others so it allows me to have more time in my day.

    • What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
    - Reading - specifically speed reading.  I took a speed reading class in high school and found I was really good at it.  Being a fast reader has definitely helped me in my career.

    • What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
    - If I listen to anything it’s podcasts.  Ivisibilia, Jocko Podcast, Serial, Joe Rogan Experience, or Tim Ferris.  I’m a huge fan of podcasts.

    • What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
    - I’m an early riser.  I average a little over 5 hours sleep per night.  So I go to bed around 11pm and I’m usually up by 4:30-4:45am.

    • Who is your role model?
    - When I was young, I was really close to my Papaw.  I admired his work ethic.  He was a Master Sergeant who spent 30 years in the Army and the only person in our family (at the time) to graduate high school.  He was also really good with people and had a natural charisma that made everyone love him.  Now that I’m older, my Dad is the person I go to for advice when I need it.

    • What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?
    - I’m not very detail oriented.  For example, when going to grocery store, why can’t we just go to the grocery store and pickup things we need along the way?  Why must there be lists?  I tend to primarily focus on the big picture.  Thankfully my wife is extremely detailed and balances me out.

    • How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?  What’s your ideal weekend look like?
    - I’m a pretty simple person.  I love to hangout in the backyard with some sort of meat being cooked over fire along with spending time with a few close friends and my family.

    • What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?
    - I love to read!  I’m currently reading “Dichotomy of Leadership” by Jocko Willink but I have many book recommendations.  I would recommend everyone read “Extreme Ownership”, also by Jocko Willink.  For fun, everyone should read “Around the world in 80 days” by Jules Verne.  My favorite children’s book is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.

    • You were nominated by Desiree McGahey.  She wanted to ask you—What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when transitioning from ADMC to UTMB? (And do you really wish Desi was never born?)
    - There was a big difference in the culture at UTMB because it is so much larger than ADMC.  The IS Department at UTMB had more employees than the entire ADMC hospital. And since we were so much smaller, there were less rules and things could get done much more quickly.  UTMB has a lot more layers of approvals that are needed and sometimes I still struggle with that.
    - For the record…no, I do not wish that Desi was never born.  (Well, maybe sometimes)

    - I’d love to see Christopher Jenogan answer these same questions as well as the following question:  With your experience in the grocery industry, what made you have an interest in IT, and how is it different?

    • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
    - “Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is cash in hand”
     
      Special thanks to Owen for his participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.
  • This is IS- Desiree McGahey

    November 6, 2018, 16:30 PM by Evan Martinez

    • One word that best describes how you work and why? 
      • Dedicated.  I love my job, and after my family, my job is my next priority.
    • Current mobile device? 
      • iPhone 6s
    • How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
      • I’ve been at UTMB for 22yrs. I started as temp on month long assignment in Hospital Administration.The CFO at the time liked me since I always came to work with a smile on my face and asked me to stay on in a permanent role. The people keep me here. Everyone I work with are like my family.
    • Take us through a recent workday.    
      • When I get to work I identify one person I should express my gratitude towards (Thanks illumin-8!).  Starting the day on a positive note helps me remain positive throughout the day, and I don’t think we say “thank you” enough.  Then I check my email and calendar, go through my to-do list.  Then it’s meetings, meetings, and more meetings.  I usually leave the office to head home well after 5pm.
    • What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
      • Michael Johnson and I had an “April Fools game” every year. We’d play harmless pranks on one another. When he went to lunch one day I took an industrial size container of aluminum foil and foiled every single thing (computer, chair, paper clip, stapler, etc.) in his office. The best part was he had a meeting in that very office right afterwards.
    • What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without? 
      • Banking apps, Google Maps to get around because I am directionally challenged, my Kindle, and my miter saw and related tools for woodworking projects.
    • What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?  
      • Time management.  I’m able to fit a lot into 8hrs every day.
    • What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence? 
      • Prefer silence to help me concentrate and I don’t want to use up all the bandwidth by streaming music (chuckles).
    • What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser? 
      • Early riser.  I’m up by 6 and in bed by 9:30 almost every day, including weekends.
    • Who is your role model?
      • My Dad. He broke his neck when I was young and had surgery. He lost sensation in his neck and some of his shoulders but still went back to work as a pipe fitter to support his family of 6. He showed extreme dedication and resiliency, and I try to emulate that as best as I can.
    • Who are the people that help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?
      • My entire team.I rely on every single one of them and the part they play.I rely heavily on their knowledge and expertise.
    • How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?  What’s your ideal weekend look like? 
      • My newest hobby is woodworking I’ve been doing it for the past two years.  I’ve made an entertainment center for my son, trays for the Admin Support team and several small projects for my office and home. I’m currently working on a dresser for my daughter, and plan to build a dining room table for our home.
    • What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?  
      • Currently reading “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff, and I’d recommend that book specifically for others to read in that in touches on loving everyone always no matter the circumstances.
    • You were nominated by Kevin Daniels.  He wanted to ask you—How did you make the transition to an IS manager as effortlessly as you made it seem? 
      • “Smoke and mirrors hahaha”.  It hasn’t felt completely seamless.  Starting in a brand-new area, I feel like every minute has been a learning experience.  If I have made it look easy, it is definitely thanks to my team.  I’m not afraid to ask questions and they have been great at answering all of them, and taking the time to provide additional information to assist me.
    • I’d love to see Owen Huett answer these same questions as well as the following question: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when transitioning from ADMC to UTMB? (And do you really wish Desi was never born? haha)
    • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related. 
      • “Don’t worry about what other people think of you, you know your own worth” -my mother.
      Special thanks to Desi for her participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.
  • This is IS - Kevin Daniels

    August 28, 2018, 15:29 PM by Evan Martinez

    KevinDaniels
    My son Matt, my wife Becky, and me in the mountains near Seattle where my son lives.

    One word that best describes how you work and why?
    -Remote.


    Current mobile device?
    -Samsung S9+.  Love the big screen, but it is fragile.

    How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
    -14yrs this month, I took a job because needed one, I’ve stayed here because there are a lot of different and interesting challenges compared to where I came from in the oil field. And the people we work with are pretty great.

    Take us through a recent workday.
    -Phone calls from field techs in the morning since everyone is remote.  In those calls I seek status updates on projects, and we create strategies to best achieve a desired end-result.

    What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
    -Not too long after I started at UTMB, I was walking down the hall at the Jester Four unit (Mental Institution).  I was talking on my phone with my Bluetooth in my ear when I was approached by inmate who peeled off of the end of a long line.  He asked if I was with the FBI and I said I was with the extraterrestrial task force for some unknown reason.  The inmate said “I knew it” then promptly returned to the line he was in. I have no idea why I said that.

    What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
    -Email and text messages, as well as the calendar app to stay organized.

    If you were on death row, what would be your final meal?
    -If it were morning it would be the Spanish omelet from Bob’s taco station in Rosenberg.

    What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
    -Reminders on emails, because it’s a simple remembering tool and remembering is 98% of the battle.

    What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
    -Managing and organizing people that I can’t see.  I have the ability to make sure everyone is organized and on-task. I call it herding cats.

    What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
    -Prefer silence so I can concentrate and react .

    What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
    -Usually up by 7am and stay up pretty late.  I don’t need as much sleep as I used to.

    Who is your role model?
    -I have two, Don Garrett, father of a close friend, and Nolan Ryan because both have the same work ethic and intensity as I do.

    How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?
    -Bass fishing & bow hunting.  It’s nice to be able to shoot my bow in my backyard without alerting the neighbors, and to hook up to my boat and pull it out of the garage to one of the local lakes.

    You were nominated by Mary Lou Morales.  She wanted to ask you—What makes working in CMC unique over other areas in Information Services?
    -Everyone is remote.  People are in places that are difficult to get it and get out of so when appreciation is shown to me and my team it’s greater than anywhere else I have ever worked.

    -I’d love to see Desiree McGahey answer these same questions as well as the following question:  How did you make the transition to an IS manager as effortlessly as you made it seem?

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
    -Had a boss many years ago that messed up every old saying and he accidentally said “Don’t fix it so it’s broke”.  I really liked that saying and as an IS professional I do my best to make sure things aren’t broken when I’m finished with them.  I also have a current philosophy that and friend and I came up with after going through a difficult time that said “Carpe the hell out of every diem”.  You just never know how long you will be on this earth. We like it so much we had CTHOOED put on shirts.

    Special thanks to Kevin Daniels for his participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.