OIT and Libraries each hold significant responsibilities for the University in delivering state-of-the-art information technology and services. OIT has maintained a close working relationship with the Libraries, and partner with them on many IT initiatives and projects, including the Aleph system and the Research Cyberinfrastructure Alliance.
The core business strengths of each partner is complementary in support of the enterprise information technology and service production and delivery. So it was great to see this kudos from the Libraries about this team's support of the Aleph upgrade:
Many hours of preparation go into planning for an enterprise software upgrade, and the Aleph v20 / Oracle 11 upgrade completed successfully this past weekend was no exception. LEO, OIT, and library staff from the Twin Cities and coordinate campuses spent considerable time testing, configuring, and troubleshooting the upgrade process beginning last summer, and we overcame a lengthy set of problems along the way. The successful work this past weekend was the culmination of extensive planning and preparation, and I'm pleased to report that all phases of the upgrade were not only completed on time, but ahead of schedule. [...]
Particular appreciation goes to Janet Arth for her lead role in planning. Thanks also go to Betsy Friesen for her coordination on testing and training, and to Chris Rose for coordination, testing, and communication on circulation functions. IT staff at coordinate campuses were also instrumental to this project, particularly Darlene Morris and Micki Lubbers.
As always, we had solid support from our OIT colleagues, including the Solaris, DBA, and Security units. Our OIT database administrator, Pragati Tripathi, deserves particular credit for the difficult work she did to upgrade our environment and database to Oracle 11. Pragati was right there working all weekend with LEO staff.
Many of you were involved with this project. Thank you!