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One.IU earns praise for app store experience

New site earns awards nod with Search, Click, Done functionality

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — One.IU, Indiana University’s new app store for its online services, has been named a finalist in IDG’s Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise (CITE) awards program. One.IU joins six other finalists in the Best Internal App category: Cerner Corporation, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Equinix, GlobalTranz, Interactions and True Value Company.

With more than 30 finalists in six categories, the awards program recognizes organizations from a range of industries that are using consumer-inspired technologies to solve real business problems. Finalists were selected based on their projects’ outcomes, complexity and innovation. Winners will be announced at the CITE conference and expo in San Francisco this April.

"Indiana University is honored to be the only university named a CITE finalist, and this affirms the inspiring innovation of IU’s many IT professionals who can be creative in the culture of a great university," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and CIO. "I'm very proud of our development team and the speed of developing One and rolling it out to all IU campuses."

One.IU will supersede OneStart, the web portal developed in 2001 to provide wide-ranging access to IU services. OneStart has served the university well, but the IU community needed a new approach to simplify getting things done. One.IU replaces navigation with search in ways that were previously impossible.

Led by Brian McGough, IU director of enterprise integration and chief software architect for enterprise software, the team found inspiration in the modern IT landscape and integrated best practices into One.IU: A core search function like Google because people prefer to search to find things, a browse function that behaves similarly to an app store, and a site that works on a desktop and a handheld device equally well.

"By keeping the One.IU interface simple and intuitive, people are able to find what they need quickly, get their business done, and go on with their lives," said McGough. "It’s Search, Click, Done. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish with One.IU."