Office 2007: Status
The deployment of Office 2007 to the University has been a difficult decision and process. On the surface, the migration to Exchange 2007 should only require the use of Outlook (Microsoft's client). However, as the project grew to include many new services such as IM, SharePoint and Email Archiving, The requirement to provide all the services in the initial deployment became apparent. Additionally, research was done at many sister institutions across the state on problems that had been encountered during similar changes. These institutions reported significant problems attempting to move in a piecemeal fashion.
The following information details the project status for this adventure.
Decision finalized to deploy the Office 2007 suite (entire suite).
Began initial review of Office 2007 suite and application software/hardware requirements.
Reviewed University Zen inventory for hardware compatibility issues of desktops across the campus. Report provided to all TSP's.
Office 2007 NAL Object delivered for initial deployment testing. This uses temporary license key which must be upgraded prior to full use.
Microsoft Campus Agreement signed for University to include CALs and Office 2007 Enterprise suite. Final License Keys delivered.
Began detailing training and familiarization options for University.
Began selective deployment testing for application delivery.
Began developing initial deployment schedule for University. Deployment schedule coordinated with TSP's.
Campus ready deployment schedules finalized.
Finalized training and familiarization options that will be provided for staffs.
Conducted initial training session (testing format).
Final department level deployment testing (OCCS & CM).
Begin campus deployments for administrative staffs.
Complete Administrative staff Office deployments.
Begin Academic "early" installations and training (by request only).
Begin campus deployments for Academic staffs.
Complete Academic staff Office deployments.