Sometimes, It’s Hard to Have a Vacation

My daughter and I are sitting on the cool pavement outside the locked doors of the Woodburn Public Library in Woodburn, Oregon.  I’ve been making a daily pilgrimage here each day for the public wireless connection to do email and check on the status of multiple projects.

I’d admit one thing– this is probably the worst summer I’ve ever had for taking any type of break.  We’ve cancelled two weeks of sailing (one in the UK, one in the US), and I cut my two week break in the US from almost two weeks to just five days.

It’s simply that there are too many projects going on at work.  Veracross is doing well by following through on our needs and some data alignment issues, but it’s hard to relax until we know the mission critical ones are in the bag.  At this moment, some of the big pieces are in place, and some others are nearly there, but I won’t be really resting until all the operations critical pieces are in place.

So, I sit on a dirty sidewalk checking on many things, and my daughter reads her book.  Yesterday, my son joined and read a book from the library.  My father would bring me here two or three times a month when I was my children’s age, so I feel pretty natural doing this.

However, I also look forward to getting back to London this week and doing all possible to tie up loose ends.

On the plus side, we got out my seven inch Dobsonian telescope last night and had some fun.  I just downloaded some astronomy software to both my Thinkpad and iPhone, and we’ll be back out again tonight.  Given the full moon, I really need to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get some dark skies.

So Far, So Good

The summer continues to un-roll.  So far:

  • New 100 mbit Internet Connection
  • Zimbra Upgrade from 5 to 6
  • Images just completed for all Macs, and about 400 rolled out so far
  • Images being completed for Windows 7 machines
  • New print server in use
  • Certificate/Radius-based Wireless Network Access In Use
  • Over a dozen room modifications (Epson Brightlink projectors, wall work, data runs) in progress

And, of course, our migration to Veracross.  This is going well– we sent them a lot of data to import, and we expected some data alignment issues as we review the full, mostly-depublicated load this week.  Reactions from the early trainings with users are very positive, and the Veracross engineers are responding quickly to the issues we find or the fields we still need “to get the plane in the air.”

In almost all ways, this migration is more complex than our FirstClass to Zimbra migration last summer.  Zimbra is email, calendars, contacts shared folders, and chat.  Veracross is admissions, academics, transcripts, attendance, field trip forms, HR, facilities management, master calendars, athletics, transportation and more.  Luckily, however, we don’t have to do a one-day cutover for all users, as we did with FirstClass to Zimbra.  We have several more weeks this summer to gradually bring early users online, and then more in early August, and then more in late August, and then parent/student portals in September/October.

So, time for more work!

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