Friday, August 04, 2006

Project milestones in July and August

Although there have not been many blog posts in the last few weeks (except for the regular weekly status reports from SirsiDynix), the summer has been a busy one for members of our Implementation Teams as well as SirsiDynix personnel. Important recent events and accomplishments include:

  • Three productive summits were held with Diane Cunningham, our SirsiDynix Sure Start Consultant, who will be working closely with us through our Go Live date and beyond. As a result of these meetings, we are making adjustments to the onsite training schedule. These changes are still in development but will have an immediate impact on our second week of Sirsi training, coming up at the end of August, with our two days of Serials training moving to that week.
  • Members of the EPS Team, along with other MPLIC web content providers, attended a day-long training session on the Rooms Builder, Sirsi's web site content management system and catalog customization tool.
  • Data was extracted from our current DRA Classic ILS, and Jennifer Hendrickson, Senior Data Conversion Programmer, began working on a test load of this data onto our production server for the Unicorn ILS. This load is expected to be completed by August 10.

Upcoming milestones in August in addition to those already mentioned will include:

  • A 2-day Rooms Planning Workshop, intended to provide our EPS Team with an understanding of the methodology, default layout and design, and recommended processes for EPS/Rooms, will be presented by a SirsiDynix consultant on August 16-17.
  • SirsiDynix will copy the test data load from the production server to a test server by August 28, at which point Paul Gahn and the Data Migration Team will start on the critical taskof reviewing the test data, a process that will continue over the next five months.
Screenshot image used courtesy of SirsiDynix.

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