Archive for January, 2009

Dgroups 2 – Migration gathers speed

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The final phase of the migration to the new Dgroups platform (Dgroups 2) from the old platform (Dgroups 1) has begun this week.  This post summarises progress and plans.

No new Groups on Dgroups 1

The people who create Dgroups (known helpfully as creators) have been asked not to create any more on the old platform, Dgroups 1.  It will also be helpful if activity can be reduced during the next two weeks, although we completely recognise that may not be possible for business reasons. If this causes any difficulties please get back to us in the migration team (by commenting on this blog).

MIGRATION

  1. The testing phase of the new platform is finished. Thanks very much to those of you who participated in that testing phase. The comments you made have been recorded.
  2. The new software platform is stable. Email is being delivered and group management functions are available on the web interface. Basic administration functions through email are in the final stages of completion
  3. All active groups will be migrated next week (the week beginning 2nd February). ‘Closed’ groups will be migrated later, as read-only.
  4. As you would expect, there are differences in the way that the new system operates from Dgroups 1. We are working on simple support documentation which will be available by the end of this week.
  5. The new supplier, WA Research, is still working on the some areas of functionality, notably the web interface, and there are some changes already in the pipeline. However, the absolute priority is the migration and it will be important to allow both the teams and users to get used to the new environment and review it as a whole before there are major changes.

Technical Support:  Users Talk to Your Administrator, and Administrators Talk to Your Dgroups Creator

The first line of support for Dgroups users is the Dgroup’s administrator, while administrators can call on their Dgroups creator for support.  This pattern will continue in Dgroups and it is a great way to spread knowledge about how to use the new system effectively.

Patience please !

Migrations such as this are extremely difficult: mistakes will happen. The team in general and WA Research in particular are working long, long hours.  The pressure will ease a little when the main part of the migration is complete, which will be during February and at that stage people will have more time to deal with any non-urgent queries.
Thanks for your support,
Pete Cranston
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Dgroups 2 – Are you ready ?

It is now about four months since DGroups Partner organisations started to prepare their groups for migration to the new platform, and a lot of “house keeping” has been done since then. Thanks to your hard work, most organisations and most groups are now ready. Overall, 67% of all groups on the original DGroups server have been confirmed. It is likely that many of the remainder are inactive. Is your group ready to migrate?

If the person responsible for coordinating DGroups at the Partner organisation which supports your group has not yet contacted you then please ensure that they know you are ready. To find up to date contact details click on “Contacts” above.

Mark Hammersley

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