22:4 (2007:12) Tech Plan Implementation Begins

December 6, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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TECH PLAN IMPLEMENTATION BEGINS
Donnice Cochenour, Project Manager

For someone whose first technology task for NASIG was to assist with mounting the Newsletter on the organization’s Gopher site, the world has certainly changed! I’m pleased to report that the implementation of the new NASIG Technology Plan is underway. We have a very ambitious timeline with ArcStone Information Services for the project.  By January, 2008 we expect to have our new online membership Directory operational and the conference website launched, following in February with online voting, online discussion forums, conference registration and membership renewals.  By June, we expect to have the website redesigned as well as the blog and wiki setup.  I’m sure there will be other items as the project moves forward, but these are the big milestones.

Currently, Lisa Blackwell and I are holding regular conference calls with ArcStone staff to review the existing structure of our membership database in preparation for its migration to their site.  Under the new integrated structure, this requires planning for needs not currently associated with the membership database and Directory, such as requirements for conference registration, conference evaluation, and authorizing access to the restricted sections of the new website for various committee members. ArcStone has also begun its review of our existing website in preparation for its redesign. All of the NASIG committee chairs and the board have been involved in answering questions designed to address the organization’s culture and face we wish to present to the world through our new website.

As work progresses, I’ll be using that What’s New Web page to keep folks up-to-date on what’s happening, when milestones are reached, etc. Also, many of you in your roles as NASIG volunteers will be called on to test and assist with various stages of the migration.

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