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Since 1971, the Information Technology Oversight Authority (STI) has been responsible for providing and integrating IT solutions to simplify and modernize the processes that support the teaching, research, extension and administration activities of the Federal University of Ceará. Celebrating its fiftieth anniversaryThe ceremony will be held on Wednesday (8), at 10 AM, in a mixed format, for the academic community and guests.

The date for the official anniversary of the censorship is February 25, referring to the opening of Data Centerin 1971, after the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), to fund the first UFC computer, the IBM 1130. However, this year’s celebration has been postponed to December due to the health situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

One of the sector’s values ​​is democratization, focusing on the university community and society, in order to promote social inclusion, accessibility and development, and to encourage participation by all. The principle was put into practice mainly during the covid-19 pandemic, when the daily practices of the university had to move to remote and hybrid formats, raising IT services to a level “essential to ensuring the full performance of all ‘enterprise’ activities”, stated STI’s supervisor, Prof. Edgar Marshall.

“Today, organizations can no longer live without information technology (IT). An organization of the size UFC relies on IT services to function fully. The UFC’s information core is managed by STI, and this activity is said to be a major asset for organizations today. In this sense, STI has not only safeguarded this very important wealth of the university, but has also improved access to it, with new tools and services,” stated the supervisor.

Photo: UFC server sitting on an old computer

For UFC Dean Prof. Candido Albuquerque, “During these 50 years there has been a very important path to celebrate. In the past two years, science, technology and innovation have begun to play a fundamental role in modernizing our practices: platforms have been created and systems developed. Therefore, Our STI is a source of pride for the UFCAs we continue to update, develop and support the university’s administration, faculty and student body,” he congratulated all the servers that are part of STI.

Historical – The first UFC computer, the IBM 1130, a large machine dedicated to processing huge amounts of information, was installed on the third floor of the former Student Center (CEU) building, on the Benfica campus, in 1971. As a result of discussions about the need for data processing in the the University. With that, the UFC Data Processing Center began its activities, under the leadership of Anchises Nogueira Queiroz, with the regulation of workers’ payroll. That year, CPD became the Data Processing Service (SPD).

In 1977, the building that received the sector was inaugurated, and renamed the Center for Data Processing (NPD), on the Campus du Bessie Prof. Brisco Bezera. In the same decade, a Bachelor’s course in Data Processing was created and a competition was held for positions of System Analyst, Programmer, Operator and Computer DEC-1091, also a mainframe computer known as DEC-10, from Digital Corporation.

Photo: Signing of an agreement between UFC and IBM

During the second decade, starting in 1980, it was The first microcomputer CP-500, from the company Prológica, which made it possible to decentralize NPD servers in various sectors of the university. In 1989, the DEC-10 main computer was replaced by Unisys-branded computers.

In 1990, the sector began offering computer courses to the university community and those who depend on UFC servers, with the creation of the Applications Division. The training was introduced during a period when computers were still inaccessible for home use. In the same year, computers of client-server models arrived, capable of communicating over a computer network.

In the 1990s, . was released first internet test He developed a university automation system. In the same period there was a significant expansion and modernization of the sector and the university, with the planting of a network of 90 small computers distributed in the administrative areas and classrooms, in addition to a fiber-optic cabinet connecting the NPD with other departments, as well as the installation of a scientific computer.

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, after the exponential growth of the region, The NPD became a Secretariat of Information Technology (STI)With a change in the organizational structure, the implementation of the Integrated Enterprise Information System (SI3) modules began.

Photo: UFC safe room

In 2011, the STI data center and backbone opened, and in 2013, the Safe Room, a high availability environment for critical systems, is one of the security equipment
From the data for the UFC, which currently has 27 high-capacity computers in a safe place against inclement weather.

In 2018, after a testing period, SI3 Electronic Point and Electronic Information System (SEI). In 2019, the official implementation of the 10Gbps link was implemented, increasing the university’s online capacity. In 2020, the Secretary achieved supervisory status, implementing a change in the organizational infrastructure.

As for the current supervisor of the STI, Prof. Edgar Marçal, huge for Honor and happiness to be on top of STD On this memorial achievement: “I have been preceded by great directors in this position and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a select group of IT leaders at our university. The oversight body has a highly qualified team that performs their work in a committed manner that makes me proud to be in this leadership position.”

sources: a. Edgar Marsal, Director of STI – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots and spambots. You need to enable JavaScript to see it.; Cilvia Arruda Castro, Director, Center for STI Relationships – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots and spambots. You need to enable JavaScript to see it.

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