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The broad charge to this Task Force is to identify campus needs for communication and collaboration services and to identify tools and practices to support those needs (click on the Task Force Charge link in the left column for the full description). This is a project blog - the task force will post formal and informal updates here and looks forward to your comments on these posts. Feel free to scroll down for history, search for your topic of interest, or just comment to say what you would like to see discussed.

  •  Next Steps and Anticipated Timeline

    Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

    The break has gotten the best of us. It turns out that vendors are a bit like University folks in that things slow down at this time of the year. We've continued with our strategy of doing our job right, with time for consultation, rather than stick to our last version of the timeline. 

    Our next steps and predicted calendar: 

    Week of 1/9

    Detailed Vendor Demos: Streamed video and then videos with notes available. We anticipate these to be 3 to 4 hours each with Microsoft & Google providing us with chauffeured software demos (vendors will coach, but one of us will work the computer) demos based on the work scenarios the community has helped us develop. We will stream this process live to the community and then will produce a version with "show notes" where topics are highlighted by time.

    Week of 1/16

    Microsft and Google with host open town halls to answer questions from students, faculty & staff. The task force will be working to complete formal requests for technical information (security, pricing, etc.) to hand to the vendors 

    Week of 1/23

    Discussion and outreach following town halls. Waiting on vendor responses to technical requests.

    Week of 1/30

    Town Hall with task force as soon as vendor responses available. 

    Week of 2/6

    Consider whether we need to hear from other vendors. It may be that neither Microsoft or Google supply us with all the collaboration capabilities we need. If so, we will consider whether we need to talk to vendors who provide add-on services.

    The following dates are contingent on not speaking to other vendors:

    Weeks of 2/13 & 2/20

    Crafting recommendations

    Week of 2/27

    Sharing recommendations

  •  Who Do You Listen To?

    Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

    SCU Board of Regents member Tom Kelly (CEO of Moxie Software) talks with Rawn Shah of Forbes about how organizations handle the "social data explosion" created by social networking and greater collaboration.

    Link to Article